These are the safest new cars launched in 2019

Dozens of brand-new cars have been crash-tested in 2019. Here are the 10 very safest new cars launched in 2019

Tesla Model 3 Euro NCAP crash test

New cars just keep on getting safer – and UK automotive research centre Thatcham Research is highlighting this by revealing the 10 safest new cars launched in 2019.

These 10 motors, it says, are some of the safest new cars ever made: “Carmakers have really raised their game this year,” says the organisation.

How 2019’s safest cars were judged

Rover 100 vs Honda Jazz crash test

Thatcham Research used a set criterion to draw out 2019’s 10 safest new cars. All should have a five-star Euro NCAP rating and high scores in all the individual categories.

They should also have a broad array of standard-fit crash-avoidance tech, such as autonomous emergency braking and electronic lane-keeping. The 10 cars should also all be affordable and have strong sales potential, “bringing safety to the masses” and continually improving the crash performance of cars we can all afford.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the 10 safest new cars launched to market in 2019.

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series Euro NCAP crash test

The new BMW 3 Series scored an impressive 97 percent rating for Adult Occupant Protection. Even better than that, it scored 100 percent in the Euro NCAP pole crash, described as the most invasive crash test of all.

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 Euro NCAP crash test

Thatcham Research director Matthew Avery called the Mazda 3 “a really good performer in so many areas”. It also has an innovative Driver Monitoring system, “which isn’t included in the current Euro NCAP rating, but will be in the future”.

Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30 Euro NCAP crash test

The Mazda CX-30 scored 99 percent in the Adult Occupant Protection category – “maxing out in the Full Frontal, Side impact, Pole crash and AEB City tests was the highest ever seen in Euro NCAP testing,” said Avery. The car’s combination of class-leading active and passive safety was highly praised.  

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Euro NCAP crash test

The B-Class is a family-friendly small people carrier that reinforces the Mercedes-Benz brand’s reputation of offering safety as standard across its model range. Further proof of this…

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes-Benz CLA Euro NCAP crash test

… Comes with the second Mercedes-Benz to feature in the safest new cars of 2019 list. The CLA scored 90 percent across all the Euro NCAP categories, making it the best performer of 2019.

Seat Tarraco

Seat Tarraco Euro NCAP crash test

Seat’s large SUV offers safety at a reasonable price point, said Avery. It put in a “good performance for its driver assistance technologies, with strong AEV and Lane Support System scores”. He added it is one of the safest big SUVs you can buy.

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala Euro NCAP crash test

“Maximum safety on a minimal budget” is how Avery describes the Skoda Scala family hatch. It is “one of the safest small cars available in 2019,” rating particularly highly on passive and active safety protection.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Euro NCAP crash test

The stylish Tesla Model 3 electric car scored the highest overall score in Euro NCAP’s Safety Assist category – “and by some distance,” said Avery. The EV also scored top points in the Lane Support System tests too, going some way to validating Elon Musk’s bold claims for the performance of Tesla Autopilot and its related assistance systems.

Volkswagen Golf 8

Volkswagen Golf 8 active safety tech

Volkswagen’s best-selling car is a European favourite. The all-new Golf 8 has a broad array of standard-fit safety tech, such as AEB autonomous emergency braking, a Lane Support System, “and also some great driving assistance systems including Electronic Lane Keeping”.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross Euro NCAP crash test

A standout performer in the fast-growing small crossover segment, the T-Cross serves up the usual high performance of Volkswagen cars in impact testing, said Avery. It also has a standard Lane Support System.

All 10 cars will now go forward to be judged in the overall Safety Award 2019. Only one can win… and the victor will be revealed in early January. Which gets your vote, and why?

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Richard Aucock
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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