Top 10: Safest cars on sale today

Safety is obviously a high priority for most car buyers, so here we reveal the models that performed best and worst in the official Euro NCAP crash tests.....

The new BMW 1 Series and 3 Series have both scored five stars out of five in the latest round of Euro NCAP's safety tests.Image 1 of 25

The 3 Series is our reigning champion in the executive car market, while the 1 Series is one of the better family hatchbacks.

Other new models put through the latest round of Euro NCAP's crash tests include the Peugeot 208 small hatchback and Jeep Cherokee large SUV, both of which managed only four stars. Officials say the 208 has disappointing whiplash protection for adult rear passengers and that it also lost marks for its protection of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. The Cherokee, meanwhile, earned four stars in every area.

Of the 55 models that Euro NCAP has tested since tough new standards were introduced in 2018, 43 have earned the full five-star safety rating. Among them are such diverse vehicles as the Audi A1 hatchback, BMW Z4 sports car and Skoda Kamiq small SUV.

However, while Euro NCAP has stated that drivers have never been safer, there are still big differences between the very best and worst performers. So, below we count down the cars with the 10 best scores – and reveal the models that received one star or less.

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