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10-car shortlist for What Car? Safety Award 2023

Thatcham Research and What Car? have presented their 10-car shortlist for the What Car? Safety Award 2023, with the winner and two runners-up announced on 19th January.

Only five-star Euro NCAP rated vehicles were considered, with other core criteria such as safety innovation, mass market appeal, and the performance of the car’s Assisted Driving technology taken into account.

“Thatcham Research actively promotes innovation in both impact protection and crash avoidance technologies, and as leading advocates for the Euro NCAP programme, it is satisfying to see 50 out of the 66 cars tested in 2022 achieving a five-star rating, resulting in perhaps the strongest safest cars list we have seen,” explained Matthew Avery, Thatcham Research chief research strategy officer.

“This is something for which carmakers should be applauded, and we are pleased so many are continuing to prioritise motorist and vulnerable road user safety – especially during times of great technological and economic disruption.”

The 10-car shortlist is as follows:

  • BMW X1
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • Lexus NX
  • Mazda CX-60
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE
  • Toyota BZ4X
  • Nissan Ariya
  • Tesla Model Y
  • Ora Funky Cat
  • Smart #1