2020 What Car? Safety Award contenders revealed

New cars have never been safer, and these have performed the best in the past year, putting them in contention for the 2020 What Car? Safety Award...

2019 Seat Tarraco front

Seat Tarraco

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The Tarraco is enjoyable to drive, with sportier handling than rivals such as the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq. It's also generously equipped and has superb safety credentials. It scored 97% for adult occupant protection and 84% for child protection in Euro NCAP crash tests, and its autonomous emergency braking and lane-support system performed well, too. In fact, it's one of the safest large SUVs you can buy. 

Skoda Scala

A more compact alternative to the Skoda Octavia, the Scala ticks a lot of boxes, with a smooth ride, decent handling, a good infotainment system, amazing rear seat space and an excellent boot. 

It also provides maximum safety for car buyers on a lower budget. With scores of 97% for adult occupant protection and 87% for child passengers, it's one of the safest family hatchbacks. Active safety systems include emergency lane-keeping assistance to prevent cross-traffic collisions. 

Tesla Model 3 Performance

The Model 3 is great to drive, packed full of tech, is fast and even reasonably practical. And it's one of the safest cars ever tested by Euro NCAP, scoring 96% for adult protection and 86% for how it protects children. It stands out most for its active safety systems, though, scoring 94% in a category where other brands often don't reach 80%. It scored maximum points for its lane-keeping assistance systems. 

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