The top 10 safest cars according to Thatcham

  • Thatcham Research announces its safest car list
  • Top 10 based on Euro NCAP rating AND value
  • Buying a car in 2017? Then this is worth checking
  • Thatcham Research announces its safest car list
  • Top 10 based on Euro NCAP rating AND value
  • Buying a car in 2017? Then this is worth checking

Thatcham Research, an independent car safety body in the UK, has announced its list of the 10 safest cars you can buy in 2017.

Since we're only a few days into January at the time of writing, it seems a bit early to be reaching that conclusion, but nonetheless that's what Thatcham has called its results. Think of the selection as Thatcham's choice of safest cars introduced in 2016.

The research centre released the list as part of its 'safer cars, fewer crashes' campaign. 

Thatcham said: 'The list of 10 cars, taken from the 2016 Euro NCAP ratings, all meet our strict criteria, which includes track-based testing of collision avoidance systems and achieving top marks in crash tests – all part of the five-star rating system.'

To explain its rating criteria, Thatcham added: 'Safety technology fitted to the vehicle must include AEB (autonomous emergency braking) as standard, and some form of Safety Assist technology beyond NCAP assessment, such as lane-keeping systems. The cars are then judged on market relevance and value for money.'

Thatcham’s top 10 safest cars for 2017 are:

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

This recently introduced four-door saloon is coveted by die-hard Alfa traditionalists and new fans alike, and aiming to steal sales from the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

Standard safety kit includes a forward collision warning system, low-speed autonomous emergency braking and lane-departure warning. Optional features include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Alfa Romeo Giulia: 

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 98%
  • Child Occupant 81%
  • Pedestrian 69%
  • Safety Assist 60%

Read the full Parkers review of the Alfa Romeo Giulia

Audi Q2

Audi Q2 is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

The first small premium SUV from Audi has a distinctive design while remaining resolutely Audi; similar to the A3 but slightly different too. It rivals the MINI Countryman but is far more conservative.

Built from high-strength steels, Audi claims the Q2's passenger cell is unusually stiff and resistant to crushing forces. If you’re unlucky enough to be in a collision, there’s a full suite of airbags to protect both rows of seats, as well as seatbelt pretensioners to hold you in position.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Audi Q2: 

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 93%
  • Child Occupant 86%
  • Pedestrian 70%
  • Safety Assist 70%

Read the full Parkers review of the Audi Q2

Ford Edge

Ford Edge is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

Ford’s most premium SUV to date comes with great safety features and plenty of equipment for your money. Even on entry-level Zetec specification you get Ford’s Sync2 infotainment system, which features voice-recognition software allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road while using the multimedia features.

It's also the first Ford to feature low-speed autonomous emergency braking across the range, alongside automatic headlights and wipers, a heated windscreen, lane-keeping assist and traffic sign recognition, which displays the speed limit and any other relevant road signs.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Ford Edge: 

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 85%
  • Child Occupant 76%
  • Pedestrian 67%
  • Safety Assist 89%

Read the full Parkers review of the Ford Edge

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

Currently the only car in the world available in Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants in the same bodystyle (or at least, it will be once the Plug-in Hybrid variant launches later in 2017), the Ioniq is competitively priced, easy to drive, well-equipped and very clean.

As for safety, every model comes with lane-keeping assistance and autonomous emergency braking that should help prevent rear-end shunts if you’re distracted on a motorway.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Hyundai Ioniq:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 91%
  • Child Occupant 80%
  • Pedestrian 70%
  • Safety Assist 82%

Read the full Parkers review of the Hyundai Ioniq

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

Safety is a cornerstone of the Mercedes-Benz brand, so it’ll come as no surprise to find the latest E-Class Saloon packed to the gunwales with kit to keep you, your passengers, pedestrians and other road users safe.

You’ve got airbags all around the cabin, a bonnet that rises in the event of a pedestrian collision, a fatigue detection system, cruise control, Isofix child-seat lashing points, front and rear parking sensors, tyre-pressure monitoring and features such as brake preparation if an imminent impact is detected.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 95%
  • Child Occupant 90%
  • Pedestrian 77%
  • Safety Assist 62%

Read the full Parkers review of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008 is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

With sharp exterior looks, and slick iCockpit interior design intended to make the driver's life easier, the second-generation Peugeot 3008 maxes out on style – as well as practicality and economy.

Safety technology on the 3008 includes autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. But it also features an intelligent speed limiter function right across the range, which not only detects the current speed limit by reading road signs but gives you the option to limit the vehicle to that speed.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Peugeot 3008:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 86%
  • Child Occupant 85%
  • Pedestrian 67%
  • Safety Assist 58%

Read the full Parkers review of the Peugeot 3008

Renault Scenic

Renault Scenic is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

More practical than ever, Renault’s top-selling MPV has an elegant design with an improved interior and lots of equipment. For bigger families, it is now also available in the Grand Scenic version. 

In terms of safety features, the Scenic features all of the following: Adaptive Cruise Control; the Active Emergency Braking System; Lane Departure Warning; Safe Distance Warning; Traffic Sign Recognition with Over Speed Prevention; Blind Spot Warning; a reversing camera; auto-dipping headlamps; front, rear and side parking sensors; and Easy Park Assist. 

Euro NCAP ratings for the Renault Scenic:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 90%
  • Child Occupant 82%
  • Pedestrian 67%
  • Safety Assist 59%

Read the full Parkers review of the Renault Scenic

Seat Ateca

Seat Ateca is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

Seat’s first SUV is based on the Leon hatchback, and features angular styling, lots of kit and an entirely predictable VW Group driving experience.

All versions come with autonomous emergency breaking with pedestrian detection, a system to recognise if the driver is getting tired and a Multi-Collision Brake system as standard. This last feature locks the brakes after a crash to prevent secondary accidents.

Euro NCAP ratings for the Renault Scenic:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 93%
  • Child Occupant 84%
  • Pedestrian 71%
  • Safety Assist 60%

Read the full Parkers review of the Seat Ateca

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

Thatcham singled-out the fourth-generation Toyota Prius because it features 'Reverse AEB.' This is like the forward autonomous emergency braking system fitted on every car here, but works when you're going backwards.

Thatcham said: 'With 25% of all crashes from parking, this is a system that can save your wallet as well as deaths to small children unseen behind the vehicle while manoeuvring.'

Euro NCAP ratings for the Toyota Prius:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 92%
  • Child Occupant 82%
  • Pedestrian 77%
  • Safety Assist 85%

Read the full Parkers review of the Toyota Prius

VW Tiguan

VW Tiguan is one of Thatcham's top 10 safest cars of 2017

All second-generation Tiguans come with seven airbags – including one for the driver’s knee – as well as a raft of electronic safety aids, such as autonomous emergency braking, reducing the likelihood of you having to experience any of them being deployed.

Pedestrians are offered a further degree of protection thanks to active bonnet mounts which lift the body panel up and away from the engine in the event of a frontal collision.

Euro NCAP ratings for the VW Tiguan:

  • 5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 96%
  • Child Occupant 84%
  • Pedestrian 72%
  • Safety Assist 68%

Read the full Parkers review of the VW Tiguan

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