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Most of UK’s top-selling keyless cars at risk of theft

According to research most of popular cars – including four of the five best-selling models in the UK – are susceptible to “keyless theft.

Consumer group Which? found the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus were all at risk.

Thieves are increasingly thought to be using technology to bypass entry systems on keyless cars.

But industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) said “new cars are more secure than ever”.

Which? analysed data on keyless – or “relay” – attacks from the General German Automobile Club (ADAC), a roadside recovery organisation.

“Thieves have been using keyless theft for several years, but manufacturers continue to make new models that can be stolen in this way, meaning there is an ever-larger pool of vehicles for thieves to target,” Which? said in a statement.

ADAC tested 237 keyless cars and found that all but three were susceptible, including the latest models of the Discovery and Range Rover, and the 2018 Jaguar i-Pace – all made by Jaguar Land Rover.

Of the top-selling cars in the UK, only the Vauxhall Corsa was deemed safe because it is not available with keyless entry and ignition.

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