The shortlist for the What Car Safety Award 2019 has been unveiled – with Audi and Volvo leading the way with two nominations each.
Presented annually in association with Thatcham Research, the accolade aims to increase awareness of the safest new cars.
This year, in addition to a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the 10 shortlisted cars have also been selected based on their performance in new Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) tests – introduced to address the rising numbers of collision involving cyclists and pedestrians.
The judging panel also assessed the cars on the level of protection offered to driver, front passenger and rear-seated child passengers in the event of a crash.
Other factors considered include the availability of Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Recognition and Control, and Steering Support – described by Thatcham as ‘the first step towards vehicle automation’.
The 10 cars nominated for the What Car? Safety Award are:
- Audi A6
- Audi Q3
- Ford Focus
- Jaguar I-Pace
- Lexus ES
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class
- Nissan Leaf
- Peugeot 508
- Volvo V60/S60
- Volvo XC40
Matthew Avery, What Car? Safety Award judge and director of research at Thatcham Research, said: “We raised the bar in safety testing for 2018, which means the 10 cars in this longlist are some of the safest ever made, anywhere in the world.
“The progression we have seen in car safety technology, in terms of performance and availability, is tremendously exciting.
“The carmakers in contention for this award should be proud of the positive impact their vehicles will have on UK road safety.”
The winner will be announced on 22 January.