The first joint What Car? and Thatcham award for vehicle security has been awarded to Audi.
Based on Thatcham’s New Vehicle Security Ratings (NSVR) and New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) schemes, the prize recognises the huge effort manufacturers have made toward anti-theft technologies.
Thatcham’s vehicle security manager, Mike Briggs, said: "Audi is without doubt the best manufacturer for vehicle security over the last 12 months.
"Nevertheless, the NVSA results show how committed the most progressive manufacturers are to further improving vehicle security and offering better security solutions for their customers."
Audi scored the most points across the door and ignition lock effectiveness, laminated glass, marked parts, secondary mechanical immobilisation systems and alarm features. These are fitted to the A3, A4 (excluding the cabriolet), TT, Q7, A6 and A8 models.