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The Safest Cars According To Euro NCAP

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After disappointing crash test results for the new Vauxhall Corsa and Mini Cooper, which cars does Euro NCAP testing rate as the safest on the road? Premium SUVs have performed well in recent testing, with the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX and Porsche Macan all scoring the top five stars, along with next generation Ford Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat. However on a category by category basis, these are the safest cars of all.

City Car

It's not all bad news for Vauxhall - the new Corsa may have underperformed but the Adam city car beats the VW Up!, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii in individual scoring. It can't claim the highest occupant protection or safety assist scores but comes out on top, thanks to superior pedestrian safety. However the Up!, Citigo and Mii are all good options with five stars apiece.


VW will no doubt have been shocked to find out that its stalwart Polo has been beaten out in the safety stakes by the Renault Clio, with an impressive average of 85.5% across all four testing categories and a five star result. No doubt, VW will be attempting to regain the ascendancy when the next model Polo goes for testing.


Somewhat predictably, the Volvo V40 takes the crown here, not only as the safest hatchback but also the safest car ever by Euro NCAP standards, scoring 90.25%.

Executive saloon

BMW performed well across the board but the perennially popular 3 Series attained an 85.75% overall rating, to make it the safest car in its class.

Large saloon

Nonetheless, the 5 Series did even better, achieving 89% overall and 100% on the safety assist category, being loaded with modern safety technology.

Compact crossover

The Renault Captur's 77.25% may not sound very impressive compared to other cars' scores but was enough to make it top of its class.


The Vauxhall Mokka may surprise some with its triumphant 88.25% rating. While Britain's most popular crossover, the Nissan Qashqai, did well, it was not enough to beat its lower profile competitor.


Another lower profile contender, the Ford Kuga topped the SUV sector with an overall 87.5% safety rating. It was followed by the second place Hyundai Santa Fe and third place Mitsubishi Outlander.

Large SUV

The new Range Rover comes top in yet another list, scoring 81% overall and 91% for adult occupancy safety. However, you wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of one in a collision, as the Range Rover scored only 63% for pedestrian safety.

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