Flashy looks, fast and luxurious; be honest, these are what you want from your next car. As boring as it may sound, safety is important too, especially when you’ve got young kids or are a nervous driver. Thankfully the safest cars aren’t all dull, big, chunky things.
- Mercedes E-Class
Not just an economical luxury saloon, the Mercedes E-Class is also one of the safest cars around. There are driver and passenger airbags for almost every body part (head, chest and pelvis). Plus, its scarily autonomous PRE-SAFE system detects if an accident is imminent and tightens slack seatbelts, optimises seating positions and shuts windows, like a safety conscious Transformer.
- Toyota Prius
Winner of What Car? Car Safety Award, and another highly economical vehicle, the Toyota Prius will keep you, your family and the environment safe. We’re more concerned with the former here though, and Toyota’s Safety Sense package helped it to victory. The reverse Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system a particular highlight.
- Volvo V90/S90
If it has a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP (the recognised vehicle safety rating system), then who are we to argue? Volvo became the first manufacturer to score the full six points in the AEB Pedestrians test procedure with the V90 and S90 (the former a more practical estate, the latter a sportier saloon).
- Peugeot 3008
Runner-up to the Prius in the What Car? safety award, the Peugeot 3008 includes a lane support system and optional AEB (though the only option should be yes!). Strong head restraints reduce whiplash, with speed limit recognition and blind spot warning in place as well.
- Volkswagen Tiguan
The Volkswagen Tiguan features some of the least obtrusive safety tech, with speed assistance and lane-keeping systems you won’t immediately switch off.
- Ford Focus
The Ford Focus wouldn’t be one of Britain’s favourite cars for the sake of it. Popular with families, it also received a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, with airbags for driver and passenger, seat belt reminder, tyre pressure monitoring system and more in place.
- Subaru Levorg
Looks can be deceiving, as the Subaru Levorg proves. That sporty hood makes it appear like a boy racer mobile (not typically known for their safety concerns). However, the four-wheel drive estate includes lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic alerts and AEB as standard.
- Hyundai Ioniq
Available as a plug-in hybrid to reassure your eco as well as safety conscience, the Hyundai Ioniq has the safety standards to match its looks. It almost goes overboard, with seven airbags, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. But you can never be too safe when behind the wheel.
- Kia Niro
SUVs rule the roost when it comes to the safest cars, it would seem. Go for the Kia Niro with the optional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (safety pack basically) rather than without. This version got the full five stars from Euro NCAP, with most of the top safety features everything else on this list has.
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta
For an affordable and stylish ride the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a great choice. Its safety credentials are up there with leading vehicles in the sector. For adult occupants in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests it got an incredible 97%!
There’s plenty to choose from our selection of the safest family cars, so you can easily find something that meets your style, budget and further requirements. Take your pick or suggest any other super safe cars you think we’ve missed.
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