The safest cars to drive

Not surprisingly, safety is a major concern for most car buyers. Here we show which cars were the best in class’ models in the 2016 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 2016

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

The 2016 best in class cars were:

  • Toyota Prius – Large Family Car
  • Hyundai Ioniq – Small Family Car
  • VW Tiguan – Small Off-Road

Other cars receiving a five-star safety rating include:

  • Audi Q2
  • Kia Nero
  • Ford Edge
  • Seat Ateca
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Suzuki Ignis·
  • Subaru Levorg
  • Renault Scenic
  • Peugeot 3008
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Mercedes Benz E-class

Check the safety results for your car on the Euro NCAP websiteopens in new window.

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