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WhatCar's Safest Cars of 2019

Posted in General News on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

The 10 cars which made the shortlist for ‘WhatCar?’s’ safest car of 2019 were decided upon by a panel of experts which consisted of Euro NCAP’s Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen, Thatcham Research’s Matthew Avery and Claire Evans, Consumer Editor of ‘What Car?’.

The list was compiled in alphabetical order and the first car on the list was the BMW 3 Series. The 3 Series obtained a 97% NCAP safety rating and it scored 100% on the pole crash test. The Mazda CX-30 also performed superbly in the NCAP tests. This car achieved a 99% rating achieving full marks in the full Frontal test, Side impact, Pole crash, and its results in the AEB City tests were the best ever recorded in NCAP testing. The Seat Tarraco was brandished as one of the safest SUV of 2019 due to the quality of its driver assistance systems. This cars Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system performed particularly well along with its lane support system. When it came to the small car market the Skoda Scala stood out from its rivals because its passive and active safety protection. Mathew Avery, Director of Research at Thatcham Research, commented: “Carmakers have really raised their game this year; drivers have never been safer behind the wheel. Should the worst happen, motorists are incredibly well protected, but crucially these cars have an abundance of standard-fit safety systems designed to prevent crashes. These innovative technologies are watching the road when you aren’t and the continued progression in their performance is genuinely exciting for road safety.”

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