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 2019 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 2019

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

The safest family cars in 2019 were:

  • Škoda Octavia – Large family car
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA – Small Family Car
  • Subaru Forester – Small Off-Road.

Other cars receiving a five-star safety rating include:

  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC
  • VW Golf
  • Mercedes-Benz GLB
  • BMW 1 Series
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Mazda 3
  • Range Rover Evoque
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Škoda Scala
  • Citroën C5 Aircross
  • DS 3 Crossback
  • Ford Kuga
  • Mazda CX-30
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Volkswagen T-Cross
  • Kia Ceed
  • Lexus UX
  • MG ZS EV
  • Nissan Juke
  • SsangYong Korando
  • Škoda Kamiq
  • Peugeot 2008
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Renault Captur
  • MG HS

Of the cars that received a five-star safety rating, here are the five with the lowest recommended retail price (RRP):

  • Škoda Scala £16,105
  • Volkswagen T-Cross £16,535
  • Renault Capture £16,725
  • Škoda Kamiq £16,865
  • Nissan Juke £16,880

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