The safest SUVs and 4x4s

SUVs can make great family cars, but which of these stylish, high-riding vehicles is safest – and which is best avoided?...

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Steve Huntingford
29 May 2019

Volvo XC40 Euro NCAP crash test

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 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 2018. Plus, we reveal the model which received just one star out of five.

=9. Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace
  • Adult occupant protection 91%
  • Child occupant protection 81%
  • Pedestrian protection 73%
  • Safety Assist 81%
  • Total score 326/400

In addition to its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, Jaguar's first electric car gets five stars from us, because it's great to drive, features a high-tech dashboard and can travel more than 250 miles between charges in real-world conditions

2019 Range Rover Evoque
  • Adult occupant protection 94%
  • Child occupant protection 87%
  • Pedestrian protection 72%
  • Safety Assist 73%
  • Total score 326/400

It might look similar to its predecessor, but the new Evoque is a much better car, with a cosseting ride and a classy interior that's surprisingly spacious. Resale values are predicted to be incredibly strong, too.

Read our full Range Rover Evoque review, or see how much we can save you on an Evoque


=7. Hyundai Nexo

2018 Hyundai Nexo review – price, specs and release date
  • Adult occupant protection 94%
  • Child occupant protection 87%
  • Pedestrian protection 67%
  • Safety Assist 80%
  • Total score 328/400

The Nexo is unique among the cars on this list, because it gets its power from a hydrogen fuel cell. As a result, the only emission from its tailpipe is water vapour.

Read our full Hyundai Nexo review


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