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Volvo V40 tops list of Britain's safest family cars

The Volvo V40 is the safest used family car for less than Β£15,000, according to a new study

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Britain’s safest used family cars for less than Β£15,000 have been named, with the Volvo V40 fitted with the optional Safety Pack topping the listings.

The cars were selected by safety experts Thatcham Research as part of a study into used car safety conducted by Co-Op Insurance.

All cars chosen have a five-star Euro NCAP rating, CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less and are available to purchase on the secondhand market for Β£15,000. They were then evaluated further on crash-worthiness, including ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection and the availability of Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB).

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The UK’s top 10 safest used family cars according to the study were:

1. Volvo V40 (2012)

2. Volkswagen Golf (2012)

3. Nissan Qashqai (2014)

4. Peugeot 308 (2013)

5. Vauxhall Astra (2015)

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