The safest cars to drive

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Not surprisingly, safety is a major concern for most car buyers. Here we show which cars were the best in class models in the 2018 Euro NCAP safety tests. You can also check whether the car you have in mind provides the highest level of safety – the Euro NCAP five-star rating.

Researching car safety

Car safety has improved dramatically over the years, but it’s still an important consideration when buying a new or used car.

By law, all new car models must pass certain safety tests based on a minimum statutory standard of safety.

Euro NCAP aims to encourage manufacturers to exceed these minimum requirements.

It tests most new cars, looking at protection for adults and children, pedestrians, safety assist and a range of other safety factors.

Each year, Euro NCAP highlights the models that have achieved the highest scores in their respective class.

Best in class cars in Euro NCAP safety tests 2018

Every year, Euro NCAP test a large number of vehicles across a range of different categories.

The safest family cars in 2018 were:

  • Peugeot 508 – Large family car
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Small Family Car
  • Audi Q3 – Small Off-Road.

Other cars receiving a five-star safety rating include:

  • Lexus ES
  • Volvo XC40
  • Audi A6
  • Volvo S60
  • Mazda 6
  • Hyundai NEXO
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • VW Touareg
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • BMW X5
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Ford Focus

Check the safety results for your car on the Euro NCAP website{:target=’_blank’}.

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