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Safest cars of 2019 revealed by Euro NCAP

Euro NCAP has published its best-in-class cars for 2019, with Tesla putting in a notably strong performance.

The Model X has been named as the best in class for safety in the Large Offroader category

The list has been compiled from the 41 new models that earned Euro NCAP’s top five-star accolade last year, from a total of 55 cars tested.

The results show that Mercedes-Benz regained its crown in the best performing Small Family Car category with the CLA, which achieved a score of more than 90% in three of the four areas of safety and delivered the best overall rating of the year.

Tesla’s Model X was the 2019 winner in the Large Off-Road category, with the SEAT Tarraco in second place. The Tesla Model 3 is top of the ‘Electric and Hybrid’ vehicle class and, together with BMW’s 3 Series, shares top spot in the Large Family category. The two cars end up with identical overall scores, the BMW scoring better in pedestrian protection, and the Tesla edging it in Safety Assist. Škoda’s new Octavia is the runner-up in this category.

In the combined Small Off-road/Small MPV class, Subaru took the lead with the new Forester, with excellent all-round performance, followed closely by Mazda’s CX-30 and VW’s T-Cross.

In the Supermini class the Audi A1 tied with the Renault Clio while the Ford Puma was runner-up.

Finally, the BMW Z4 was the only roadster tested in 2019 but was said by Euro NCAP to set a new safety benchmark for the segment.

Euro NCAP’s Best in Class winners for 2019:


Large Family Car Winner: Tesla Model 3 & BMW 3 series

Runner-up: Škoda Octavia


Large Off-Roader Winner: Tesla Model X

Runner-up: SEAT Tarraco


Small Family Car Winner: Mercedes-Benz CLA

Runner-up: Mazda 3


Small Off-Road/MPV Winner: Subaru Forester

Runner-up: Mazda CX-30 & VW T-Cross


Supermini Winner: Audi A1 & Renault Clio

Runner-up: Ford Puma


Hybrid & Electric Winner: Tesla Model 3

Runner-up: Tesla Model X

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.