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.
Giving the Toyota Prius a run for its money in the hybrid market is the all-new Kia Niro. With the added Advanced Driving Assistance Safety Pack, which adds ABS, active front headrests, automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact and curtain airbags, the Kia Niro receives a five star Euro NCAP rating (four stars for standard models without the safety pack)
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.
Alongside an overall Euro NCAP safety rating of five stars, the Audi A4 was also named Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In the 2009 tests, the A4 scored an 93% score for adult occupant protection and 84% for child occupant protection thanks to standard features such as 3 point rear seatbelts, ABS/EBD, adaptive driver and front passenger airbags and electromechanical parking brake. Add plenty of space and practicality into the mix and the A4 makes an ideal family car.
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.