Britain’s safest cars revealed

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The safest cars on Britain's roads have been revealed after being selected from a shortlist of 17.

Research from What Car? and automotive research centre, Thatcham, has helped find the safest cars on UK roads.

Last night the Volvo XC90 was unveiled as the safest new car on sale in Britain at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards, 2016.

The Honda Jazz and Toyota Avensis were commended as runners up from a strong 17 car shortlist.

This year’s safety award was judged in conjunction with leading independent automotive research centre and vehicle safety organisation, Thatcham Research.

What Car? and Thatcham measure hard facts alongside expert opinion and all cars considered for the Award have earned the coveted Euro NCAP five star crash test rating and also have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on at least one model.

AEB monitors the traffic conditions ahead and automatically applies the brakes in a dangerous situation if the driver doesn’t respond quickly enough. Some motoring experts liken the importance of the development to that of the seatbelt.

Thatcham Research chief executive, Peter Shaw, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to formally recognise Volvo, as well as Honda and Toyota, for the excellent safety performance of their vehicles.

“As the clear winner of the 2016 What Car? Car of the Year Safety Award, the Volvo XC90 has an outstanding complement of active and passive safety features that affords drivers, passengers and other road users the highest levels of protection currently available.

“Like all of the 17 cars in the final reckoning, the Volvo XC90, Honda Jazz and Toyota Avensis gained top ratings in crash testing, but just as importantly they are fitted as standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a technology that Thatcham Research believes is key to reducing crashes and saving lives on British roads.”

Contenders for the 2016 Safety Award were assessed against stringent factors that included adult and child occupant protection, with pedestrian protection and additional safety innovations including new collision avoidance technologies also considered.

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