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...

What Car? Safety Award 2018 shortlist revealed

What Car? Safety Award 2018 shortlisted cars

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

Honda Civic

Honda Civic

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 92% Child occupant protection 75% Pedestrian protection 75% Safety assist equipment 88% Overall rating 5 stars

When it was intially tested earlier this year, the new Civic didn't fare too well when it came to protecting children in its rear seats. A few tweaks later, the car went back for re-assessment, this time gaining a much higher score for child occupant protection.

Overall, the Civic is a very safe family car. It comes with an AEB system that performed well at motorway speeds and a standard-fit lane keeping aid that gently steers away from lane markings if the car is drifting.

Read our full review of the Honda Civic >

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class

Mercedes-Benz X-Class

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection90% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 80% Safety assist equipment 77% Overall rating 5 stars

The X-Class is designed to be a different kind of pick-up truck – one that blends the practicality and go-anywhere ability of a traditional working vehicle with the luxury you'd expect from Mercedes-Benz. It's set to cost around £34,500 in the UK and is based on the Nissan Navara.

Until the X-Class, the pick-up category had not seen a five-star Euro NCAP rating since 2012. Its score for safety assist technology is the highest-ever in this segment.

Read more about the new Mercedes X-Class>

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection94% Child occupant protection 89% Pedestrian protection 82% Safety assist equipment 68% Overall rating 5 stars

The new Impreza is intended to be more of an all-rounder, so it's a rugged hatchback with four-wheel drive. There's only one engine on offer at launch – a 1.6-litre petrol.

Its safety equipment features a standard-fit stereo camera to monitor the road and traffic for potential hazards.

Read more about the new Subaru Impreza >

Subaru XV

Subaru XV

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection94% Child occupant protection 89% Pedestrian protection 84% Safety assist equipment 68% Overall rating 5 stars

The new XV has the potential to be Subaru's most important model. It's based on an all-new platform shared with the new Impreza and has a revised range of engines and chassis.

Not only does the XV have a standard AEB system that is especially good at identifying pedestrians, it also has a front passenger seat airbag deactivation system that can detect if a rearward-facing child car seat is being used.

Read our full review of the Subaru XV >

Toyota C-HR

Toyota C-HR

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 95% Child occupant protection 77% Pedestrian protection 76% Safety assist equipment 78% Overall rating 5 stars

Toyota's rival to the Nissan Qashqai is good to drive and comes with lots of equipment, although it only really makes sense as a hybrid. It continues Toyota’s commitment to standard-fit safety equipment, including innovative sensors to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

Read our full Toyota C-HR review >

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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 93% Child occupant protection 85% Pedestrian protection 78% Safety assist equipment 69% Overall rating 5 stars

We didn't rate the old Insignia very highly, and while this new model suffers from lots of road noise and a boot that's not as big as its rivals, it is cheap to buy and well equipped. It's competitive for company car drivers, too, with very strong safety credentials.

Read our full Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review >

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Volkswagen Arteon

Volkswagen Arteon

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 96% Child occupant protection 85% Pedestrian protection 85% Safety assist equipment 82% Overall rating 5 stars

The Arteon is Volkswagen's attempt to rival premium cars such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series, and it's a solid effort. It comes with an innovative driver protection system that will pull the vehicle over to the side of the road if the driver has been inattentive for too long due to illness or fatigue.

Read our full Volkswagen Arteon review >

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Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 96% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 79% Safety assist equipment 71% Overall rating 5 stars

The T-Roc blends distinctive looks with easy driving manners and a comfortable ride. And while it's Volkswagen's cheapest SUV yet, there's been no skimping on safety, with standard equipment including automated cruise control and AEB.

Read our full Volkswagen T-Roc review >

Volvo S90 and V90

Volvo S90 and V90

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 95% Child occupant protection 80% Pedestrian protection 76% Safety assist equipment 93% Overall rating 5 stars

You might well expect a new Volvo to be safe, but you probably wouldn't expect it to be as luxurious, refined and comfortable as the S90 and V90. These executive cruisers really manage to stand out from its German rivals.

The S90 and V90 go above and beyond the current Euro NCAP testing regime to include technologies to prevent ‘run-off-road’ accidents and collisions at junctions.

Read our full Volvo S90 review >

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Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

**Euro NCAP test ratings

Adult occupant protection 98% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 76% Safety assist equipment 95% Overall rating 5 stars

The XC60's interior has a luxury feel and you also get a superb driving position and lots of space and standard equipment; only the uninspiring handling lets it down a little.

On the plus side, it achieved the best overall Euro NCAP score of 2017 and is one of the safest cars ever tested, with an innovative crash avoidance system that helps steer the car away from a head-on collision.

Read our full Volvo XC60 review >

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