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The Safest Cars Around!

The Safest Cars Around!

The winter is approaching along with the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, with dark nights, wind, rain and icy weather to look forward to we all start thinking about safety a little bit more.  The technology available in cars is improving all the time to keep us as safe as possible, so safety may be your number one concern when deciding on a new car to buy or to lease.

Euro NCAP test the safety of cars in 4 different areas;

  1. Adult Occupant Protection – cars are tested using front, side and pole impact in a variety of different seat positions and so that the difference in occupant size is reflected, there is also a whiplash test.
  2. Child Occupant Protection – there are front and side crash tests using child dummies and as ISOFIX is the safest way to attach a child restraint system points are awarded for the presence of this.
  3. Pedestrian safety – these tests check the impact of the vehicle hitting a pedestrian and encourages the presence of any safety devices such as pop up bonnets and external airbags to limit the damage to a pedestrian in a crash.
  4. Safety assist protection – this is the final category and takes account features in the car that help the driver avoid an accident or limit harm if an accident should occur – features such as seatbelt reminder systems and speed assistance systems.

So which cars have come out on top?  All the cars below were awarded the highest 5* rating so will go a long way to help protect your family if the worst should happen ……

Safest Supermini – Renault Clio

 Blog / Renault Clio Safety Blog

Adult Occupant Protection

88%

Child Occupant Protection

89%

Pedestrian Protection

66%

Safety Assist Protection

99%

 

Safest Small Family Car – Volvo V40

Blog / Volvo V40 safety blog

Adult Occupant Protection

98%

Child Occupant Protection

75%

Pedestrian Protection

88%

Safety Assist Protection

100%

Safest Small MPV – joint winners

Ford B-Max

Blog / ford b max safety blog

Adult Occupant Protection

92%

Child Occupant Protection

84%

Pedestrian Protection

67%

Safety Assist Protection

71%

 

 Fiat 500L

 Blog / fiat 500l safety blog

Adult Occupant Protection

94%

Child Occupant Protection

78%

Pedestrian Protection

65%

Safety Assist Protection

71%

 

Safest Small Off Road 4x4 – Ford Kuga

Blog / ford kuga safety blog

Adult Occupant Protection

94%

Child Occupant Protection

86%

Pedestrian Protection

70%

Safety Assist Protection

100%

 

Safest Large Off Road 4x4 - Hyundai Santa Fe

Blog / hyundai santa fe safety blog

Adult Occupant Protection

96%

Child Occupant Protection

89%

Pedestrian Protection

71%

Safety Assist Protection

86%

 

Safest Large Family Car – BMW 3 Series

Blog / bmw 3 series safety blog

Adult Occupant Protection

95%

Child Occupant Protection

84%

Pedestrian Protection

78%

Safety Assist Protection

86%

 

But it’s not all about the safety of the car – make sure you know how to adjust your driving to stay safe this winter and read our blog “The Ultimate Guide to Driving in Winter Weather”.

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
20 October 2014
Written by Rivervale
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