The safest cars on sale today

Safety is obviously a high priority for most car buyers, so here we reveal the models that performed best and worst in the official Euro NCAP crash tests...

09 October 2019
BMW Z4, Mercedes A-Class, Toyota RAV4, Tesla Model 3

The new BMW 1 Series and 3 Series have both scored five stars out of five in the latest round of Euro NCAP's safety tests. The 3 Series is our reigning champion in the executive car market, while the 1 Series is one of the better family hatchbacks.

Other new models put through the latest round of Euro NCAP's crash tests include the Peugeot 208 small hatchback and Jeep Cherokee large SUV, both of which managed only four stars. Officials say the 208 has disappointing whiplash protection for adult rear passengers and that it also lost marks for its protection of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. The Cherokee, meanwhile, earned four stars in every area.

Of the 55 models that Euro NCAP has tested since tough new standards were introduced in 2018, 43 have earned the full five-star safety rating. Among them are such diverse vehicles as the Audi A1 hatchback, BMW Z4 sports car and Skoda Kamiq small SUV.

However, while Euro NCAP has stated that drivers have never been safer, there are still big differences between the very best and worst performers. So, below we count down the cars with the 10 best scores – and reveal the models that received one star or less.

The top 10:

=8. Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Adult occupant protection 93% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 85% Safety Assist 77%

Total Euro NCAP score 342/400

Large SUVs are all gas-guzzling planet polluters, right? Well, not the Toyota RAV4, because thanks to hybrid power, it pumps out less CO2 than a 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta. The RAV4 comes with automatic emergency braking, including pedestrian and cyclist detection, as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance.

Read our full Toyota RAV4 review or see our latest RAV4 deals

=8. Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

Adult occupant protection 95% Child occupant protection 84% Pedestrian protection 86% Safety Assist 77%

Total Euro NCAP score 342/400

As good as the latest RAV4 is, we reckon it's Toyota's family hatchback, the Corolla, that's the best hybrid currently on sale. Although the Corolla matches the RAV4 on its overall score, it betters its larger sibling in terms of adult occupant protection and pedestrian protection.

Read our full Toyota Corolla review or see our latest Corolla deals

=8. Audi Q3

Audi Q3

Adult occupant protection 95% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 66% Safety Assist 85%

Total Euro NCAP score 342/400

Until recently, the Audi Q3 had the highest Safety Assist score of any car tested under Euro NCAP's latest criteria. The list of systems that are standard includes blindspot monitoring and a lane-keeping system that can steer the car back into its original lane to prevent a head-on collision.

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