What’s the safest used car out there? It’s a question surprisingly few used car buyers ask. While many buyers are interested in the price, looks, or fuel economy of their next car, relatively few are trying to find out about the level of safety equipment. However, when you consider that safety is the main aspect of a used car that will affect the passengers it carries – be they family, friends or colleagues – it’s probably a question more of us should be asking.
To help redress the balance, Co-op Insurance and Thatcham Research have come together for the second year in a row to crown Britain’s safest used car. To be eligible, cars had to cost less than £15,000, have a five-star EuroNCAP score, and emit less than 120g/km of CO2. And we’ve got the winners here – so if you want to know which is the safest used car in which to carry your family, look no further.
Safest used cars
10. Volvo V40 (without safety pack)
The Volvo V40 is a sophisticated feeling hatchback that looks great and comes with a decent helping of standard equipment. It also has a classy-feeling interior – and as this result shows, a great safety rating, even without the optional safety pack.
We found: 2014 D2 SE, 19,000 miles, £10,980
9. Peugeot 308
The Peugeot 308 suffers from cramped rear seats, but it is a stylish family car option, and comes with a range of efficient engines. According to Thatcham and Co-op, it’s also one of the safest used family cars out there, too.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the Nissan Qashqai here at What Car?. It’s a great little SUV that works very well as a family car, and as well as being good fun to drive, it’s efficient and feels high-quality inside. What’s more, it’s a safe family choice, too, as this line-up shows.
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