What we are looking for

  • We’ve become used to manufacturers bragging about five-star ratings from Europe’s crash testing organisation, Euro NCAP. However, our safety award is based on the latest, tougher test and further analysis by an expert panel of judges and safety expert Thatcham.
  • The panel looked at the fine detail of the scores for any car with a five-star rating, including ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection. Credit was given for autonomous emergency braking systems and any additional innovations that fall outside of the Euro NCAP tests.
  • Finally, a weighting system was applied based on price, so cheaper cars were rewarded for offering better safety.

The Judges

  • Matthew Avery Heads up safety at Thatcham Research. Helped to define tests for automatic emergency braking (AEB).
  • Professor Peter Thomas Director of the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University. Has published 150+ research papers on vehicle safety issues.
  • Michiel van Ratingen The secretary general of European car safety body Euro NCAP, Michiel has overseen all of the latest crash test ratings.