The cars experts claim are among 'safest' for 2017
THE prestigious and independent Thatcham Research Centre has announced a list of what it believes to be the safest new cars for 2017.
The list comprises those in the running for the What Car? Safety Award.
The independent research centre says there are more safer cars than ever making their way onto our roads.
The 10 cars are taken from the 2016 Euro NCAP ratings. All meet the award's strict criteria.
Among the assessments they were put through was track-based testing of collision avoidance systems.
It was a prerequisite that the cars had to have AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) fitted as standard as well as a Safety Assist technology - such as 'lane keeping' - which was over and above NCAP's assessment.
All finalists also have pedestrian, low-speed City and high-speed Inter-Urban AEB as standard. They were also judged on 'market relevance' and value for money.
The 2017 list from Thatcham includes: Alfa Romeo Giulia (pictured), Audi Q2, Ford Edge, Hyundai Ioniq, Mercedes E-Class, Peugeot 3008, Renault Scenic, SEAT Ateca, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Tiguan.