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The safest cars

Safety is obviously a high priority for most car buyers, so here we reveal the models that performed best and worst in the official Euro NCAP crash tests...

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9 Sep 2019 08:20

4. Tesla Model 3

Adult occupant protection 96% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 74% Safety Assist 94 %

Total Euro NCAP score 350/400

Tesla is famous for pushing the boundaries of autonomous driving technology, so it's perhaps unsurprising that its new Model 3 scored so highly in the Safety Assist section. However, Euro NCAP found that it also performs well when a crash is unavoidable.

Read our full Tesla Model 3 review


3. BMW Z4

BMW Z4 driving

Adult occupant protection 97% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 91% Safety Assist 76 %

Total Euro NCAP score 351/400

You might not think that a low-slung convertible sports car could make it so far up this list, but the BMW Z4 – twinned with the Toyota GR Supra – has one of the highest adult occupant protection scores of any car here. Automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning system are fitted to every Z4, and you can add aids such as lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control from the options list.

Mercedes CLA 2019 LHD tracking shot

Adult occupant protection 96% Child occupant protection 91% Pedestrian protection 91% Safety Assist 75 %

Total Euro NCAP score 352/400

The latest Mercedes CLA scored especially well for its protection of child occupants, and offers standard safety kit including lane-keeping and speed assistance, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Euro NCAP engineers rated its lane-keeping system as only being marginally effective, but its other scores were excellent.

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