The safest SUVs

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

Tesla Model X Long Range front three quarters

3. Tesla Model X

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

Total Euro NCAP score 345

Tesla's luxurious, fully electric SUV combines astonishing performance with very low running costs and seating for up to seven people, while Euro NCAP rated its adult occupant protection particularly highly.

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=1. Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester e-Boxer front

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

Total Euro NCAP score 346

Subaru has a reputation for building rugged cars that are very capable off road, and the Forester lives up to that tradition. However, the latest version also scores incredibly well for child occupant protection and comes with a sophisticated driver monitoring system that uses facial recognition technology to warn if you're becoming too tired to concentrate or if your gaze has wandered for the road for too long.

Volkswagen T-Cross

Adult occupant protection 97% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 81% Safety Assist 80%

Total Euro NCAP score 346

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 joins the Forester at the top of 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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