If safety is your main concern when it comes to choosing a new car, then you've come to the right place. Below, we've listed the safest cars on the market. Our list of the top 10 safest cars has been chosen after careful analysis of the results of crash tests performed by Euro NCAP – the organisation that gives new cars their official safety rating. So you be sure that these really are the safest cars money can buy.
When it comes to safety tests, the experts at Euro NCAP look at four key areas: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection, and safety assistance systems.
The first three tests look at how well the car's body and various safety gizmos protect adult passengers, child passengers or pedestrians in the event of a crash. The testers put each car through an exhaustive list of crash tests with crash test dummies to check how well each car cushions impacts in a range of circumstances.
The fourth area – safety assist – looks at how effective a car's technology is at preventing a crash in the first place. It includes checks on things like electronic stability control (ESC – also known as Electronic Stability Programme or ESP), a system that can brake the wheels independently of the driver to prevent the car spinning out of control if it starts to skid.
Each category is given a mark out of 100 – with a total of 400 marks available overall. Below are the 10 cars with the highest overall scores.