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The One Show Team | 14:33 UK time, Thursday, 18 February 2010

Tonight, Dom Littlewood showed us how some modern cars can obscure their driver's view of the road.

Dom Littlewood in a car

He told us that manufacturers are making cars stronger to withstand crashes, but that this can sometimes mean that visibility is reduced as car door pillars, for example, are made chunkier.

Which? Car has tested 'car visibility' and put together a list. Each car has been given a visibility score (out of 100).

The ten cars with the best visibility

Smart ForTwo Coupé - 64.8%
Fiat 500 - 58.7%
Citroën C3 Picasso - 58.2%
Renault Grand Scénic - 57.4%
Ford Galaxy - 57.4%
Hyundai i10 - 56.9%
Seat Ibiza Sport Coupé - 56.8%
Citroën C4 Grand Picasso - 56.6%
Audi A4 allroad - 56.5%
VW Golf Plus - 56.2%

The bottom ten - cars with the worst visibility

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo - 40.2%
VW Phaeton - 40.1%
Chevrolet Cruze - 39.7%
Lexus IS 250C - 39.4%
Porsche Panamera - 38.9%
BMW Z4 - 38.7%
Honda Civic - 37.6%
VW Passat CC - 35.8%
Nissan GT-R - 34.6%
Porsche Boxster - 31.4%

The percentages are calculated on a number of criteria such as interior mirror visibility, exterior mirror visibility, windscreen wiper clearance, pillar thickness and all-round view.

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