Safety is a huge priority when shopping around for a new car, but how do you know which cars will be safest on the road?
To help you out, we’ve taken a look at Euro NCAP data to steer you towards the safest cars on the UK market.
The What Car? winner with an overall NSCAP score of 90%, Mercedes has succeeded in creating one of the safest cars on UK roads. With standard safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and a driver alertness monitor, this car doesn’t just score highly for driver safety, but also looks out for pedestrians, with a score of 92% for pedestrian safety.
Loaded with autonomous kit, the Tesla Model 3 earned a record-topping 94% in the NCAP safety assist category and a five-star overall rating. It also has an impressive info-tainment screen, allowing the driver to control each self-driving feature remotely. The car’s electric makeup also allows for a larger crumple zone than a conventionally powered car.
A score of 97% in the adult occupant category, makes this seven-seat SUV one of the safest family cars on the road. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and emergency calls come as standard across the range, while the pre-crash assist system promises to react within 0.2 seconds; tightening seatbelts and closing windows to prepare you in the event of a crash.
It’s another five-star rating for the Audi A6, standing out on behalf of its impressive driver assistance systems operated by a large number of cameras, ultrasonic sensor and radar. Active cruise control and lane-keep assist come as optional extras, while the City Assist package gives the A6 the ability to detect passing traffic and potential rear collisions.
With a record score of 98% for adult occupant safety, the Mazda 3 has only been matched by three other cars in Euro NCAP history. The Mazda 3 hatchback comes with a superior standard safety kit, including automatic emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, intelligent speed control and blind spot monitoring.
This sleek saloon car won two Euro NCAP titles for best family car and hybrid and electric vehicle. With a suite of safety technology offered as standard, it puts pedestrian safety in line with occupant safety with 90% and 91% ratings. The stand-out feature is the cars ability to detect pedestrians day and night, as well as spotting cyclists riding in daylight.
The optional Driving Assistance Package earned the new Mercedes SUV a maximum five-star rating with 91% and 90% for adult and child safety, as well as a 78% safety assist score. The optional safety kit includes active steering, lane assistance and speed adaptation, automatically adjusting your speed for your chosen route.
The new Skoda was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP, scoring highly with 97% and 87% for adult and child occupant safety. This model comes with a range of standard safety features – from automatic city breaking and lane-keep assist, to its ability to contact the emergency services in the event of an accident.
9. Toyota RAV4
A popular family car for its roomy interior and sturdy build, the Toyota RAV4 doesn’t disappoint with a NCAP child occupant rating of 82%, only slightly behind the adult occupant protection of 89%. All models in the range come with breaking, airbags and childproof locks, while top-of-the range Excel cars provide blind-spot monitoring, watching your side and rear blind spots while you indicate to change lanes.
A solid family vehicle with standard safety features including airbags, tyre pressure loss warning and pre-crash occupant protection systems, as well as a post-collision braking system to prevent the car from rolling into the path of another vehicle. Add-on safety features include adaptive cruise control and parking sensors.
So there you have it, our top 10 safest cars on the road in 2019. While you might feel safe in your high safety-rated car, it’s important to remember that staying safe on the roads is about more than just having a reliable car. Be wary of blind spots and brush up on your safety knowledge with our top safety tips for driving around cyclists to avoid collisions.