The safest 5-star cars 2017

As the Euro NCAP safety agency celebrates its 20th birthday, we take a look at the cars that have both a five-star What Car? rating and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Words BySteve Huntingford

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Volkswagen Touran

There are cheaper and bigger MPVs, but none that so brilliantly balance all the things that matter to big families. Crucially, the Touran is more practical than all of its similarly priced rivals, it's better to drive and beats them all hands-down for interior quality and ease of use. It also has better safety credentials than most.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 88%
  • Child occupant protection 89%
  • Pedestrian protection 71%

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Seat Ateca

The Ateca is Seat's first ever SUV, but while the Spanish brand is undoubtedly very late to the party, it's making up for that with keen pricing, a spacious interior and class-leading handling. The Ateca even managed to get the better of the Qashqai when we group tested the cars.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 93%
  • Child occupant protection 84%
  • Pedestrian protection 71%

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Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro SE

Audi's biggest SUV is one of the best around. It's relaxing to drive and comfortable to sit in, while the 3.0-litre diesel version is also pretty efficient to run. Like its rivals, the Q7 is more at home on the road than off it, but it comes with four-wheel drive to give a surefooted feel. Despite being a luxury car, the Q7 is also extremely practical, and offers plenty of space for families and their luggage.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 94%
  • Child occupant protection 88%
  • Pedestrian protection 70%

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Skoda Fabia

The Fabia is a former What Car? Car of the Year, which gives you some idea of how good it is, and Skoda has continued to improve it, recently fitting a brilliant new 1.0 TSI petrol engine. Front and rear space are generous – four adults will have no trouble getting comfortable – plus it's enjoyable to drive and SE versions and above come with automatic city braking technology.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 81%
  • Child occupant protection 81%
  • Pedestrian protection 69%

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