In the UK there’s more than 400 new cars to choose from and we understand that picking your next family car can be a difficult decision to make. To make life a little easier, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has put together a list of ten of the safest cars, based on their Euro NCAP safety rating, for young families.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia received the highest adult occupant protection score (98%) of any car tested in the family car sector by Euro NCAP in 2016, gaining an overall rating of the maximum five stars. Featuring a forward collision warning system, lane departure warning system, rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake and autonomous emergency braking, the Alfa Romeo Giulia not only looks good on the road but is also one of the safest cars in its class.
With an overall Euro NCAP rating of the maximum five stars and innovative safety features such as Volkswagen’s ‘active’ bonnet which helps protect pedestrians in the event of an accident by lifting the bonnet to protect the body from stiff and hard engine components, the Volkswagen Tiguan remains a popular choice for growing families. In 2016, the Volkswagen Tiguan achieved a 96% adult occupant score and an 84% child occupant score, making the Tiguan one of Europe’s safest new cars. The Tiguan also boasts a first-class package of safety features, including a highly effective safety belt, seat and airbag combination and innovative driver assistance systems.
Thanks to its innovative safety technology and robust overall construction, the Mercedes E-Class Saloon is one of the safest cars in its class with a five star overall Euro NCAP rating. Boasting an impressive adult occupant protection score of 95%, along with a 90% score for child occupant protection and 77% score for pedestrian protection, the 5-door Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon combines cutting-edge safety technology with first-class levels of comfort, making it a popular choice for business users and growing families alike.
If you’re looking for a compact SUV that’s great to drive and safe on the road, check out the all-new SEAT Ateca. With a maximum five star rating, the SEAT Ateca is one of the safest family cars in its class, boasting a strong adult occupant protection score of 93% and a child occupant protection rating of an 84%. What’s more, the SEAT Ateca also comes with a variety of safety features as standard, such as airbags for both front and side impacts.
The Toyota Prius continued its five star run from 2004 and 2009 by scoring the maximum five stars in the 2016 Euro NCAP safety tests. With a 92% score in adult occupation, along with an 82% score in child occupant protection, the Toyota Prius continues to set the standard in the Large Family Car sector. The latest generation model also boasts Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ package comes as standard which adds an impressive list of safety features such as EBD, Brake Assist, tyre pressure warning and Pre Crash System.
As its safety features are second to none the all new Ford Focus has been given a 5* Euro NCAP safety rating. It uses a front camera to aid its active breaking, pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection technology, all systems alert the driver of potential hazards and if the driver doesn’t respond the system will automatically apply pressure to the brake. The Ford Focus also includes everything – from ISOFIX child seat attachment points, a tyre pressure monitoring system and electronic stability control to eCall and driver and passenger front and side airbags.
Renault has built a strong reputation over the past few years for safety so it’s no surprise that the Renault Scenic makes the cut in the competitive MPV market.
With an overall five star rating and an impressive 90% in adult occupant protection, the Renault Scenic not only boasts space and style but safety too. Add impressive safety technology such as emergency braking system, lane-departure warning and lane keeping assistance into the mix and you’re onto a winner.
With a 5* Euro NCAP safety rating, it’s no surprise the Volvo V60 has been named “the new family model”. After all, Volvo understand families and understand that safety is of paramount importance to all parents. The Volvo V60 is designed to protect and has an abundance of safety features, including Run-off Road Mitigation that uses the steering and brake support to guide the car back onto the right path. As well as City Safety that uses radar and camera technology to help keep people inside and outside the car safe and Run-off Road Protection that has an energy-absorbing structure in the front seats and safety belts that tighten electrically to hold the occupants firmly in place.
With its five-year warranty and great safety features, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a popular choice for families in the competitive SUV market.
When it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012, the Santa Fe received the maximum five-star rating with a 96% score in the adult occupant protection category and an 89% for child occupant protection.
Finally, taking the final spot in our list of the safest family cars is the all-new Hyundai Ioniq which has been given the maximum five stars from Euro NCAP.
With a 91% adult occupant score, an 80% child occupant protection score and 82% in the safety assistance category, the Hyundai Ioniq is one of the safest family cars on the market and also comes with a wide range of safety features such as seven airbags and blind spot monitoring.
However, except of the Euro NCAP rating and the features that help to avoid accidents, it is worth checking other features that can keep your family safe in non-traffic situations.
It is important a car to have rear view cameras. Rear view cameras and front and rear park assist systems are must-have features to ensure visibility.
Also another important feature to look into is auto reverse on all power windows and doors. Cars have locks that can prevent a child from operating a power window, but children may put their hands out while the driver is putting the window up. Auto reverse stops and retracts the window, lessening the possible injury.
For automatic cars, it is important to look for cars with a transmission shift interlock. That mechanism makes it impossible to put a car into gear without having a foot on the brake, something that’s tough for small kids to do.
Also it is worth to consider cars with a rear-seat seat belt reminder that chimes when rear passengers aren’t buckled in. Squirmy kids can undo their seat belts, and without a reminder chime or indicator light, a parent would never know.