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...
=7. Audi Q3
Adult occupant protection 95% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 66% Safety Assist 85%
Total Euro NCAP score 342/400
Until recently, the Audi Q3 had the highest Safety Assist score of any car tested under Euro NCAP's latest criteria. The list of systems that are standard includes blindspot monitoring and a lane-keeping system that can steer the car back into its original lane to prevent a head-on collision.
6. Volkswagen T-Cross
Adult occupant protection 97% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 81% Safety Assist 80%
Total Euro NCAP score 344/400
Given that it's Volkswagen's smallest and most affordable SUV yet, the presence of the T-Cross in such a high position on this list is hugely impressive. In fact, the T-Cross performs well in most respects, also being practical, comfortable and good to drive.
5. Lexus ES
Adult occupant protection 91% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 90% Safety Assist 87%
Total Euro NCAP score 345/400
Modern luxury saloons tend to use diesel engines, but the ES is different, combining a 2.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. This approach makes for a car that's whisper-quiet around town and when cruising on the motorway but a bit noisy under acceleration. The ride is comfortable and company car tax bills are comparatively low.
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