What Car? Safety Award 2018 shortlist revealed
Want to know which are the safest new cars you can buy? Check out our shortlist for the What Car? Safety Award 2018 and see if you can guess which one will win...
The What Car? Safety Award is based on the latest, toughest Euro NCAP testing and further analysis from a panel of expert judges from Euro NCAP, Thatcham Research and the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University.
Of the 63 cars tested in 2017, the panel first removed all those that didn't achieve the top five-star Euro NCAP rating. They then took out those that only offered automatic emergency braking (AEB) as a cost option rather than as standard equipment, because this is considered a crucial feature in helping to save lives.
To whittle down the list of contenders for the top award to the final 10, the panel then removed any that didn't offer lane keep assist as standard.
Thatcham's director of research, Matthew Avery, explained: "Lane leep assist systems actively steer awary from road edges and lane markings to prevent dangerous run-off-road and head-on collisions. With 6% of A-road crashes involving head-on collisions, this should be the next life-saving technology fitted by car makers who want to signal their intent to prioritise driver safety."
View our slideshow to find out which models have made it onto the What Car? Safety Award shortlist