2019’s safest cars revealed
It has been a mixed bag of Euro NCAP results this year, where a top five-star rating has become harder for manufacturers to achieve. This has been due mainly to relatively recent changes in the scoring system that assesses the standard-fitment of driver assistance technologies.
Thatcham Research and WhatCar? magazine worked together on the list. Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, stated why he thinks that the advancement of technology to compensate for driver error is important:
“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 are not and the continued progression in their performance is genuinely exciting for road safety.”
The results of the safest cars in 2019 are (in alphabetical order):
BMW 3 Series
Tesla Model 3
Volkswagen Golf (Mark 8)
There were also some surprises, however. Volkswagen had some door issues, with one from the Golf model opening and the sliding door from the Sharan MPV detaching during their respective crash assessments. The Chinese electric SUV, the Aiways U5, scored three stars, as did the Jeep Renegade, the Volkswagen up! and its sister Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii. At least these are better over the cars tested under last year’s assessment regime, where the Jeep Wrangler achieved a lowly one star and the Fiat Panda scored nil.