The UK’s safest new cars of 2021

Organisation: Thatcham Research

Date of Publication: January 2022

Uploaded to Knowledge Centre: 16 February 2022

Thatcham Research says new electric and hybrid vehicles are demonstrating impressive safety advancements ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel models.

The safest cars were selected by a panel of expert judges, who favoured affordable vehicles that will bring the biggest safety benefits to the greatest number of drivers.

This came after they were put through tough Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research testing.

Of particular importance were robust ‘active’ crash-avoidance systems, effective ‘passive’ occupant protection features, well-delivered driver interface technology and a commitment to standard fitment across the range.

Among the cars to rank highly were the EQS from Mercedes-EQ, Nissan’s popular Qashqai, and the all-electric Enyaq by Škoda. Also praised were the Volvo-derived Polestar 2 and the hybrid-electric Toyota Yaris Cross.

Find out more on the Thatcham Research website:

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