Safety is a very important aspect of modern-day motoring. Not only does a car’s safety affect how it capable it is at protecting its passengers in the event of a crash, but it also gives people peace of mind when buying – you want to know you’ll be in safe hands out on the road.
So, what are among the safest cars on sale today? Have a look and see if any of these safety conscious cars catch your eye – all of which have five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings.
Alongside getting a five-star safety rating, the Mercedes A-Class has also received numerous awards for its safety. Every A-Class model comes with a raft of safety kit fitted as standard, including lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and ‘Attention Assist’ – a system that can spot if the driver becomes drowsy.
The Audi Q3 is based on the tried and tested ‘MQB’ platform – a platform that has seen other cars based on it receive high safety ratings already. That, combined with Audi’s pre-sense safety systems, meant it came as no surprise that the new Q3 got a five-star safety rating. Things like a semi-autonomous adaptive cruise assist system, which can control the accelerator, brake and steering, helped the Q3 to achieve such praise.
As well as having a lot of good safety tech, such as blind spot monitoring and auto braking, the Lexus ES performed well in all areas of crash testing. It also benefits from many, many airbags – 10 to be exact. In addition, you also get a panoramic view mirror to go along with the blind spot monitoring system.
While the 508 doesn’t get all the sophisticated premium safety kit of the Lexus ES, the 508 is still impressive, with autonomous emergency braking as standard across all models. An interesting feature on higher trim levels is a stop-and-go facility which helps reduce driver fatigue on long trips.
Not only did the Volvo XC40 receive a five-star safety rating, but it achieved some very high percentage scores in other areas as well. Adult occupant protection was pegged at a staggering 97 per cent, as well as a great 87 per cent score for child occupant safety. The XC40 also comes a lot of safety kit as standard, including a sophisticated auto brake system..
The Nissan Leaf was the first car to undergo crash testing under new, tougher rules; but despite this the Leaf came away with a five-star rating! And just as the XC40 scored highly, the Leaf’s percentage scores were really rather good too. It scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection and 86 per cent for child occupant protection.
Even more impressive than the Nissan Leaf is the Mazda 6. It scored 95 per cent in adult occupant protection and 91 per cent in child occupant protecting during crash testing. This is helped by the 6’s good safety kit like an active bonnet to protect pedestrians.