The Lexus LS 430 came out tops in a British consumer association's anti-theft tests. It also found that newer cars were not necessarily more secure.

The Lexus LS 430 came out tops in a British consumer association's anti-theft tests. It also found that newer cars were not necessarily more secure.

Consumers' Association's Which magazine said the Lexus LS 430 withstood break-in attempts "better than any car we've ever tested".

It got eight marks in the theft-from category and nine marks in theft of. The CA said the model's laminated glass was expensive but offered more anti-theft protection. It took testers five times as long to break through laminated glass than ordinary glass.

The testers could also not get into the Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Saab 9-3 and Seat Ibiza, even after trying for five minutes.

The CA said that three new cars, the Kia Rio, Fiat Doblo and Hyundai Matrix, offered less protection against theft than other, older models in the same class of vehicle.

"Car manufacturers should know by now what makes a car vulnerable and how to minimise security threats," commented the CA. It added that much publicity was now being given to this topic but "some manufacturers aren't paying enough attention".