The safety of the car you drive is always going to be important, and for many people, especially those with children, it's a key consideration when looking at a new car. If you want to know about the safest cars currently available, then take a look our top 10 list to see the best the market has to offer.
We’ve ranked cars in order of the scores they received from the independent body Euro NCAP after they had been crash tested.
Euro NCAP assesses cars in four categories: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems. The tests regularly get more stringent as safety standards get higher thanks to improvements in safety technology and construction techniques.
The first three categories assess the car's structure combined with safety equipment such as airbags to see how much protection is offered to occupants and pedestrians in the event of a crash.
The safety assistance 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 they sense you’re going to hit a car in front. For more information on the tests, check out Carbuyer's 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 in the last two years, apart from the Volvo V40, which scored a never-beaten set of scores back in 2012.