Euro NCAP names 2018’s safest new cars

13th December 2018

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Road safety has arguably never been such a major issue. Every year, Road Safety Week grows in size and exposure, whilst car makers are constantly looking at how technology can improve the safety of their models.

It’s just as well because each year, vehicle safety assessment group Euro NCAP introduces increasingly stricter crash test protocol.

Businesses want the safest cars possible in their fleets too, in a bid to improve their duty of care and protect their drivers as much as they can.

Euro NCAP’s star-based safety ratings provide an accurate indication to which cars are the safest, but it went even further this week by publishing its best in class for 2018, which runs down the safest cars to arrive in the last 12 months.

This time, the list was led by the Lexus ES, which topped not just the large family car category but also the hybrid and electric group too.

Mercedes-Benz’s A‑Class [pictured] won out in the small family car segment, not surprising considering it achieved this year’s strongest result.

Finally, the Hyundai NEXO was considered to be the safest large off-roader around. All three cars secured five-star safety ratings during crash tests.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general at Euro NCAP, said: “The three best in class award winners this year all clearly demonstrate that car makers are striving for the highest levels of protection and that Euro NCAP’s assessments are a catalyst for these crucial safety improvements.”

2018 saw Euro NCAP put automated driving technology to the test for the first time to try and clarify confusion amongst motorists.

“Assisted driving systems can bring safety and convenience benefits, but full automation is a long way off,” added Mr van Ratingen.

“We will follow and assess these developments closely and ensure that consumers have all the information they need when considering these new driver technologies.”

In 2017, Volkswagen dominated proceedings with three models making up half of the list: the Arteon, T-Roc and Polo. Subaru outdid itself with two cars in the mix (XV, Impreza), while Volvo completed the rundown with the XC60.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The A-Class was always going to be a tempting model to user-choosers and its supreme crash test rating means that fleet bosses won’t mind that one bit.”

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