What we are looking for

  • Euro NCAP tested 65 new cars in 2017, so sifting out the best performers was a tough task.
  • First of all, our panel excluded any cars that don’t come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard. AEB can prevent collisions, so it’s something drivers should expect on any new car. In fact, new models can’t gain the full five stars from Euro NCAP unless AEB is standard.
  • This year, we also ruled out cars without standard lanekeeping assist or lane departure warning, because these, too, can be crucial in preventing accidents.
  • The remaining models were rated by their Euro NCAP category scores, value for money and how relevant their safety systems are.

The Judges

  • Matthew Avery heads up safety at Thatcham Research. He helped to define tests for automatic emergency braking (AEB).
  • Professor Pete Thomas is director of the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University. He has published over 150 research papers on vehicle safety issues.
  • Michiel van Ratingen is the secretary general of European car safety body Euro NCAP. Michiel has overseen all of the latest crash test ratings.