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...

Volkswagen T-Cross

9. Volkswagen T-Cross

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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. Being based on the Polo means the T-Cross already offers lots in the way of safety equipment, but it also adds lane-keeping assistance.

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=7. Lexus ES

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Lexus ES 300h

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. The ES' suite of safety kit includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assistance and high-speed emergency braking as standard.

Tesla Model X Long Range front three quarters

Adult occupant protection 98% Child occupant protection 81% Pedestrian protection 72% Safety Assist 94%

Total Euro NCAP score 345/400

With a real-world range of 233 miles between charges and seating for seven, the Model X electric SUV is a viable alternative to conventionally powered rivals, such as the Audi Q7. And it beats that car in Euro NCAP's safety tests, thanks to better adult occupant protection and the joint-best score to date for active safety assistance features. 

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6. Subaru Forester

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Subaru Forester e-Boxer front three quarters

Adult occupant protection 97% Child occupant protection 91% Pedestrian protection 80% Safety Assist 78%

Total Euro NCAP score 346/400

This is one SUV that's not all about looks. The Forester is built to last and capable of climbing mountains, and it now comes with hybrid power, which should reduce running costs. The latest version is also extremely safe, scoring strongly in all four Euro NCAP categories and doing particularly well for adult and child occupant protection.  

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5. BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series executive

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

Total Euro NCAP score 347/400

The latest 3 Series – our reigning champion in the executive car market – is a triumph. It has a beautiful interior with an intuitive infotainment system, plus it offers sharp steering and superb body control. And no matter whether you're heading to business meetings in the city or crossing countries on your holidays, we think you'll end each journey with a smile on your face. Importantly, the 3 Series comes with lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist protection as standard.

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