With so many things to consider when it comes to choosing your next car, it can be easy for safety to slide down the list.
However, this remains a really important point to think about, and though cars are generally much safer than they used to be, there are still plenty of differences between the best and worst. Let’s pick out five particular safe new car choices.
The Taigo is Volkswagen’s latest SUV to hit the market, bringing smart coupe-like styling at a more affordable price point. With a practical interior for its size, it’s likely to prove a popular choice with families too.
In which case it’s excellent safety rating makes it an even more attractive choice, scoring a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with particualrly high scores recorded across all areas. With standard safety kit including semi-autonomous parking, adaptive cruise control and lane assist, the Taigo is a particularly safe model.
The Formentor has proven a key model for CUPRA as it works to build its brand image, with this smartly styled SUV blending generous equipment levels with a high-quality cabin and enjoyable driving experience.
CUPRA hasn’t, however, forgotten about the need for it to be safe, particularly as the Formentor’s size makes it a good option for families. Receiving a top rating from Euro NCAP when it was tested last year, this SUV also comes laden with standard safety equipment.
Think small cars can’t be safe? Well, the Honda Jazz proves that doesn’t have to be the case, with the Japanese firm prioritising this area in the development of its supermini. With generous levels of kit included, the model also received a five-star safety rating when tested in 2020.
There’s a lot more going for the Jazz, too, including its very roomy interior and impressively efficiency hybrid powertrain, which should help to bring down your running costs.
Audi Q4 e-tron
Audi is rapidly expanding its line-up of EVs, with its latest entry being the Q4 e-tron. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, it offers a range of up to 314 miles and a seriously spacious interior for its size.
Like its sibling products from Skoda and Volkswagen, the Q4 also has proven to be a very safe choice in tests, and is another model to be awarded the top five-star Euro NCAP rating, with particularly high scores in the child occupant protection category.
Land Rover Defender
Land Rover truly had to reinvent an icon with the Defender, and we reckon it’s certainly succeeded. Bringing a smarter, modern design that’s still able to pay tribute to the original, Land Rover offers it in a host of guises and with a range of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid.
But among all the other considerations, Land Rover didn’t neglect safety, with the Defender being kitted out with all the latest equipment to prevent collisions, or the aftermath of them. It’s another model to receive the top five-star rating from Euro NCAP.