Every brand's safest car, and how cheaply you can buy them

From Audi to Volkswagen, we name the car models from every brand that performed best in tough new Euro NCAP safety tests...

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As roads get busier and more congested than ever, vehicle safety is becoming increasingly important for car buyers. Thankfully, manufacturers continue to innovate and strive for the highest safety standards in an effort to get the best results in stringent new car safety tests.

Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is the independent non-profit organisation that assesses the safety of all new cars. It rates vehicles after carrying out head-on, side-impact and vulnerable road user (pedestrian and cyclist) simulated crash tests.

Following these tests, Euro NCAP gives a star rating (out of five) for the overall safety of each car. It also gives a more detailed score for how each vehicle performed for adult protection, child protection, vulnerable road user protection and safety assistance protection. 

Every two years, Euro NCAP updates its tests to improve safety and technology standards.

The most recent update was in 2020, when updates included a new head-on collision to simulate a crash with another car, a new side-impact (with stronger mass) on the passenger side to assess passenger movement and injury, as well as new scenarios to test automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems. This included testing the AEB systems against other vehicles.

Here we list every brand's safest car tested by Euro NCAP in 2020 or 2021. In each case, you can see how the car performed, follow the link to read more about the model in our full review, then see how much you can save on one when you search the free What Car? New Car Buying service.