The safest new SUVs in the UK

The stylish new Range Rover Velar has impressed in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, earning a 5-star rating. But how safe is it compared with other SUVs?

Words BySteve Huntingford

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Safest SUVs

With their tough looks, 4x4s and SUVs have long been seen as some of the safest cars on the road. But in reality there are 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 SUV to keep you and your family safe, what should you choose?

Below we count down the 10 SUVs that have received the highest scores since the latest – and toughest – version of the Euro NCAP test was introduced at the start of 2016. Scores are out of 400.

10. Audi Q2

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 just sneaks into this top 10.

Adult occupant protection: 93%

Child occupant protection: 86%

Pedestrian protection: 70%

Safety assist: 60%

Total Euro NCAP score: 309

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9. Audi Q5

We awarded the Q5 a five-star What Car? rating because it does well in just about every area. That includes safety, with Euro NCAP rating it highly for adult, child and predestrian protection.

Adult occupant protection: 93%

Child occupant protection: 86%

Pedestrian protection: 73%

Safety assist: 58%

Total Euro NCAP score: 310

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8. Mazda CX-5

The new CX-5 is based on its predecessor, so is no more practical. However, it has a much classier interior and is one of the most comfortable large SUVs around, soaking up poorly surfaced roads better than the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq. It also has a higher Euro NCAP score than both these rivals.

Adult occupant protection: 95%

Child occupant protection: 80%

Pedestrian protection: 78%

Safety assist: 59%

Total Euro NCAP score: 312

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