The price of safet­safety

How much does pro­tec pro­tec­tive tech cost on top-sell­ing cars?

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THE UK’S roads are busier than ever, with car driv­ers cov­er­ing an es­ti­mated 254.4 bil­lion miles last year; ear; the high­est fig­ure ever logged. De­spite ite this growth, the num­ber of ac­ci­dents nts has fallen by 10 per cent over the past ast five years, while deaths on the road were down by four per cent in 2017. 7.

Im­prove­ments in car safety have un­doubt­edly played their part, with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing (AEB), lane-keep­ing as­sis­tance (LKA) and blind spot warn­ing help­ing keep cars away from each other, and on the cor­rect side of the road.

But which of the UK’S most pop­u­lar cars get these fea­tures as stan­dard? And if they’re not in­cluded, how much do they cost to add? We sur­veyed the 10 most re­cent best-sellers to find out.

Com­ment­ing on our find­ings, Colin Grover, prin­ci­pal en­gi­neer with safety ex­pert Thatcham Re­search, said: “We push car mak­ers to in­clude the best safety equip­ment as part of the pack­age. This is es­pe­cially true of au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.”

He also urged buy­ers to seek out mod­els with stan­dard safety sys­tems.

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