The safest new family cars in the UK

Safety if obviously a top priority for anyone choosing a family car. These are the models that performed best in Euro NCAP crash tests...

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Steve Huntingford
30 Mar 2017 6:20 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

All new cars are safe, right? Well, standards have definitely risen dramatically, even in the last 10 years, but there are still sizeable differences between the best and worst performers.

This is highlighted by the crash tests conducted by the independent safety assessors at Euro NCAP. So, if you're looking for a new car to keep you and your family safe, what should you choose?

Below we count down the 10 family-friendly cars that have received the highest scores since the latest and toughest version of the test was introduced at the start of 2016. The total Euro NCAP score is rated out of 400.

= 10. Land Rover Discovery

The safest new family cars in the UK

Total Euro NCAP score: 318

The new Land Rover Discovery is one of the best family SUVs you can buy, achieving a five-star What Car? rating as well as a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. It can genuinely seat seven adults and combines a fantastic, elevated driving position with a very comfortable ride, plus it's as capable off the road as it is on it.

The safest new family cars in the UK

Total Euro NCAP score: 318

This practical, four-wheel-drive estate car earned the same Euro NCAP score as the Discovery, but it's nowhere near as impressive in other areas: it's expensive to buy, the ride is poorly controlled and the interior feels cheap.

Read our full Subaru Levorg review

9. Audi Q2

The safest new family cars in the UK

Total Euro NCAP score: 319

Adults will feel a bit cramped in the back of Audi's smallest SUV, but children will be fine and the interior is beautifully finshed. The Q2 is great fun to drive, too, and it has a slightly higher overall safety score than the larger Audi Q5.

Read our full Audi Q2 review

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