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Safest new cars of 2021 revealed

Thatcham Research has revealed the safest new cars of 2021, with EV and hybrid models demonstrating impressive safety advancements.

Making a positive impact are the safety-conscious EQS from Mercedes-EQ, Nissan’s popular Qashqai, and the all-electric Enyaq by Skoda. Also featured are the Volvo-derived Polestar 2 and the hybrid-electric Toyota Yaris Cross.

Expert judges favoured affordable vehicles that will bring the biggest safety benefits to the greatest number of drivers. 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.

Matthew Avery, chief research strategy officer at Thatcham Research said: “It’s fantastic to see carmakers continuing to prioritise safety, with all but four vehicles tested by Euro NCAP in 2021 achieving a four or five-star rating.

“Most are rising to the safety challenge and it’s encouraging to note EVs are performing very well as a group too.”

He added: “As well as the development of active safety technology to help avoid crashes and protect vulnerable road users, we also welcome the continued introduction of passive safety innovations such as centre-airbags, which prevent occupants from colliding into one another during side impacts.”