Thatcham reveals its top 10

Thatcham Research has revealed the 10-car longlist for the What Car? Safety Award 2018.

As the panel of expert judges gather to decide on the year’s safest car, their focus will be on emerging car safety technologies designed to prevent accidents. This year, vehicles must have standard-fit lane keep assist systems, to help avoid some of the most dangerous collision types seen on UK roads.

All the top 10 cars also have standard-fit autonomous emergency braking systems, which operate at city and motorway speeds and can detect pedestrians. In addition, judges will give extra merit to vehicles with AEB systems that can identify cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Matthew Avery, What Car? safety award panellist and director of research at Thatcham Research, said, ‘The future of car safety is in the technology. A five-star Euro NCAP rating guarantees drivers a safe car. But some are still safer than others and this award is about celebrating those carmakers who continue to push the boundaries of safety, going above and beyond even the exacting levels that a five-star Euro NCAP rating demands.’

The Top 10 Safest Cars of the Year are: Honda Civic; Mercedes X-Class; Subaru Impreza; Subaru XV; Toyota C-HR; Vauxhall Insignia; Volvo S90/V90; Volvo XC60; VW Arteon; and the VW T-Roc.