THE ten safest cars you will be able to buy in Britain next year have been revealed by the nation's leading independent safety testing organisation, Thatcham Research.
Based on the the 2016 Euro NCAP safety ratings, all ten meet strict safety criteria which include track-based testing of collision avoidance systems and achieving top marks in crash tests - all part of the Euro NCAP five star rating system.
The ten cars named by Thatcham will be contenders for the What Car? Safety Award 2017, the winner of which will be announced next month.
In order to win, vehicles must come fitted as standard with the best safety technology available, including Autonomous Emergency Braking and some form of safety assist technology such as lane keeping systems. The cars are then judged on market relevance and value for money.
All the finalists also feature pedestrian, low speed city and high speed inter-urban autonomous emergency braking as standard.
According to Thatcham Research, this year's tests have shown that there is more choice than ever in choosing a safe car. "As manufacturers continue to raise the safety bar, the UK public are safer on UK roads than ever before," says the organisation.
Contenders for the 2017 awards are the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi Q2, Ford Edge. Hyundai Ioniq, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Peugeot 3008, Renault Scenic, Seat Ateca, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Tiguan.
According to Thatcham Research Chief Executive, Peter Shaw: "These ten vehicles represent some of the safest cars on sale in the UK today, and we are delighted to see that by raising awareness of the important issues surrounding vehicle safety, manufacturers are starting to rise to our challenge of fitting safety as standard across all models, regardless of segment or price."
And Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car? Magazine says: "Safety is a key consideration for new car buyers, particularly when the car they're choosing is going to be used as family transport."