The safest SUVs

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

Audi Q3 35 TFSI Sport S tronic [Comfort and Sound Pack]

=4. Audi Q3

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Adult occupant protection 95% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 76% Safety Assist 85%

Total Euro NCAP score 342

Unlike the UX, the Q3 is good to drive and very practical. However, the Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40 are more comfortable, so we rate both slightly higher overall, even though it's the Audi that has the edge with Euro NCAP.

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=4. Mazda CX-30

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Mazda CX-30

Adult occupant protection 99% Child occupant protection 86% Pedestrian protection 80% Safety Assist 77%

Total Euro NCAP score 342

The CX-30 feels as luxurious as family SUVs from prestige brands, despite being much cheaper to buy. Plus, it affords outstanding protection to the driver and front-seat passenger, with this earning it a 99% adult occupant protection rating. Just bear in mind that rear space is tight and the boot isn’t anything to write home about.

2019 Toyota RAV4 front

Adult occupant protection 93% Child occupant protection 87% Pedestrian protection 85% Safety Assist 77%

Total Euro NCAP score 342

Thanks to its clever hybrid technology, this large SUV pumps out less CO2 than a 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta. Plus, it comes with a long list of safety equipment which includes automatic emergency braking (including for pedestrians and cyclists), traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assistance and an SOS emergency call function. Go for Excel trim or above and you'll also get blind spot monitoring.

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