Many people put safety at the top of their list of priorities when it comes to choosing a new car. If you’re one of those people and want to know about the safest cars on the market, then our top 10 list is exactly what you need. We’ve ranked cars in order of the scores they achieved during crash tests carried out by Euro NCAP, the independent body that gives new cars an official safety rating.
Cars are assessed by Euro NCAP in four areas: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection, and safety assistance systems.
The first three categories assess the car's structure combined with safety systems like the airbags to see how much protection is offered to occupants and pedestrians in the event of a crash. The safety assist category looks at the level and efficiency of safety technology that's fitted to the car to help prevent a crash from happening in the first place. This includes electronic stability control, lane departure warning systems and systems that can automatically apply the brakes if it senses you are going to hit a car in front. For more information on Euro NCAP testing, read our Euro NCAP: How safe is my car? article.
Every car that's tested is given a percentage for each category and then an overall star rating out of five. All the cars on our list achieved a five-star rating, so we have taken a closer look at their individual category scores to rank them.