The safest 5-star cars 2018

Just because you value safety, doesn't mean you have to compromise on driver enjoyment or practicality. To help you choose the best and safest car we've rounded up the models that have both a fiv...

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Claire Evans
15 Jan 2018 12:23 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

If you're looking to buy a new car, then safety is probably a high priority, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for something that's badly compromised in other areas.

As well as gaining the full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests, these models also have a five-star What Car? rating.

Choose any of them and you'll be getting a brilliant all-rounder that also happens to be one of the safest cars on the road.

The safest 5-star cars:

BMW 5 Series

The safest 5-star cars 2018

The BMW 5 Series was named our Car of the Year in 2017. It's a consumate all-rounder – brilliant to drive, comfortable and luxurious inside and spacious too. Plus, its infotainment system is absolutely superb.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 91%
  • Child occupant protection 85%
  • Pedestrian protection 81%

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The safest 5-star cars 2018

The Seat Ibiza is the best small car on the market, offering tidy handling, a comfortable ride, low running costs and a surprisingly spacious and practical interior. It really has no major weaknesses.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 92%
  • Child occupant protection 77%
  • Pedestrian protection 71%

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The safest 5-star cars 2018

The Skoda Karoq is a first rate family-sized SUV that has a smart and sturdy interior and plenty of standard kit that makes it good value for money. Although it's based on the same platform as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Seat Ateca, it's slightly smaller than the VW and has a more comfort-oriented ride than the Seat.

Euro NCAP scores:

  • Adult occupant protection 93%
  • Child occupant protection 79%
  • Pedestrian protection 73%

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Volkswagen Touran

The safest 5-star cars 2018

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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