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Car visibility ratings revealed

Cars offering the best and worst visibility have been named in a new study.

The Subaru Outback was named as offering drivers the best all-round visibility, while the Alfa Romeo Spider as named as offering the worst.

The Which? Car study was carried out following comments from drivers that visibility is getting worse in new cars.

“Conventional safety assessments, such as EuroNCAP crash tests, don’t consider visibility.

"But increasingly we receive negative feedback from owners who have bought a car, only to find its poor visibility a constant cause of irritation,” said Which? Car magazine.

According to driver safety experts, poor visibility is becoming an issue, as A and B posts become thicker in order to house critical equipment, which ironically are designed to improve passive safety.

“With over 65% of drivers having uncorrected eye defects already, this report effectively compounds an already worrying trend.

"Regular scanning routines by drivers are essential if they are to keep out of trouble but very often they are hampered by the thickness of A and B posts, which have steadily grown in size to accommodate vital passive safety systems,” explained Steve Johnson, director of communications at DriveTech.

“Sadly, if drivers’ vision is being obscured they’re even more likely to need those safety systems, so it’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation.

"At the end of the day there is no substitute for concentration, anticipation and, most vital of all, observation.”

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