The safest SUVs

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

Volkswagen T-Cross front
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Steve Huntingford
29 Apr 2019 07:20

1. Volkswagen T-Cross

  • Adult occupant protection 97%
  • Child occupant protection 86%
  • Pedestrian protection 81%
  • Safety Assist 80%
  • Total score 344/400

As a rival to the likes of the Nissan Juke, Seat Arona and Vauxhall Crossland X, the T-Cross is the smallest and most affordable SUV in Volkswagen's range. Yet it tops this list, scoring strongly in all four areas. Add in the fact that it's comfortable and easy to drive, as well as cheap to run and surprisingly spacious inside, and it should definitely be on your shortlist.

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The SUV that performed worst in Euro NCAP's latest tests

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler 2019 off-road tracking shot
  • Adult occupant protection 50%
  • Child occupant protection 69%
  • Pedestrian protection 49%
  • Safety Assist 32%
  • Total score 200/400

At the other end of the spectrum, the latest Jeep Wrangler was awarded just one star out of five by Euro NCAP, with structures in the dashboard thought to present a risk to those in the front, and the crash test dummy in the rear showing weak protection of the neck, along with high loads on the chest.