What are the safest cars on sale today?

As Euro NCAP announces the third set of crash test results of 2019, we take a look at every car that has earnt five stars in crash testing since 2013...

22 May 2019
What are the safest cars on sale today?

All 12 cars tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 so far have achieved the maximum five-star rating for safety, prompting the safety organisation to state that drivers have never been safer. 

Of the latest seven models to be crash tested, the new Renault Clio stands out as a small, affordable car that has great physical safety and driver support technology. It's the first Renault to come with a 360deg camera that provides a view from above the car, making it easier to detect any obstacles when parking. 

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, said: “The Renault Clio is now one of the safest affordable cars on the market, achieving the highest adult occupant protection score seen in the supermini category since the Volkswagen Polo in 2017. The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that come with the model, such as the Highway & Traffic Jam Companion and Easy Park Assist, also make it a stand-out performer at this price point."

The new Mazda 3 was also commended for its performance in the tests. Its adult occupant protection score of 98% is the highest this year, and its new Cruising & Traffic Support System assists with accelerator, brake and steering inputs, reducing fatigue during motorway driving. 

The other cars to score five stars in the latest round of tests include the Audi E-tron, Lexus UX, Toyota CorollaToyota RAV4 and Volkswagen T-Cross

All the cars tested so far in 2019 feature an automatic emergency braking system that can detect cyclists and pedestrians as well as other vehicles. They're also fitted with intelligent speed assistance systems, which are among the new technologies that MEPs recently voted in favour of becoming mandatory equipment on all new cars. 

These measures also include new crash testing requirements and mandatory installation of driver assistance systems including automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, overridable intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and emergency lane-keeping assistance.

They also include the installation of black boxes, which record critical information on the status of a vehicle in the moments before a collision and, as in aviation, could help crash investigators understand the causes in order to help prevent future accidents. The new vehicle safety standards that could apply to all new cars sold in the EU within three years. 

Further proof that car safety standards are improving all the time was highlighted by results published by the crash test experts at Euro NCAP in 2018. The safety organisation retested the latest version of the Fiat Panda, a car that was awarded four stars when it was launched in 2011. Its new rating is zero stars, whereas most new models tested last year earned the maximum five stars.

So, what are the safest cars on sale? Below, we've listed every new model that has earned a five-star rating from Euro NCAP since 2013. We've also indicated which cars receive a five-star rating only when equipped with an optional pack.

A car's absence from this list doesn't imply that it is unsafe; it may have been launched before 2013 or hasn't been tested yet. We've also detailed each car's percentage score for each of Euro NCAP's tests.


2019's five-star Euro NCAP cars

Audi E-tron

Adult occupant: 91%; child occupant: 85%; vulnerable road user: 71%; safety assist: 76%

Audi E-tron front

Citroën C5 Aircross (with optional safety pack)

Adult occupant: 89%; child occupant: 86%; vulnerable road user: 67%; safety assist: 82%

Citroen C5 Aircross front

Honda CR-V

Adult occupant: 93%; child occupant: 83%; vulnerable road user: 70%; safety assist: 76%

Honda CR-V 2019 Front right tracking shot

Lexus UX

Adult occupant: 96%; child occupant: 85%; vulnerable road user: 82%; safety assist: 77%

Lexus UX 2019 front tracking shot

Mazda 3

Adult occupant: 98%; child occupant: 87%; vulnerable road user: 81%; safety assist: 73%

2019 Mazda 3 front tracking shot

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Adult occupant: 90%; child occupant: 83%; vulnerable road user: 78%; safety assist: 72%

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Range Rover Evoque

Adult occupant: 94%; child occupant: 87%; vulnerable road user: 72%; safety assist: 73%

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Renault Clio

Adult occupant: 96%; child occupant: 89%; vulnerable road user: 72%; safety assist: 75%

2019 Renault Clio

Seat Tarraco

Adult occupant: 97%; child occupant: 84%; vulnerable road user: 79%; safety assist: 79%

Seat Tarraco

Toyota Corolla

Adult occupant: 95%; child occupant: 84%; vulnerable road user: 86%; safety assist: 77%

Toyota Corolla

Toyota RAV4

Adult occupant: 93%; child occupant: 87%; vulnerable road user: 85%; safety assist: 77%

2019 Toyota RAV4 front

Volkwsagen T-Cross

Adult occupant: 97%; child occupant: 86%; vulnerable road user: 81%; safety assist: 80%

Volkswagen T-Cross 2019 front right tracking shot

2018's five-star Euro NCAP cars

Audi A6

Adult protection: 93%; child protection: 85%; pedestrian protection: 81%; safety systems: 76%

Audi A6

 


Audi Q3

Adult protection: 95%; child protection: 86%; pedestrian protection: 76%; safety systems: 85%

Audi Q3 front side

BMW X5

Adult protection: 89%; child protection: 86%; pedestrian protection: 75%; safety systems: 75%

BMW X5

Ford Focus

Adult protection: 55%; child protection: 87%; pedestrian protection: 72%; safety systems: 75%

2018 Ford Focus

Hyundai Nexo

Adult protection: 94%; child protection: 87%; pedestrian protection: 67%; safety systems: 80%

Hyundai Nexo front

Hyundai Santa Fe

Adult protection: 94%; child protection: 88%; pedestrian protection: 67%; safety systems: 76%

Hyundai Santa Fe front

Jaguar I-Pace

Adult protection: 94%; child protection: 81%; pedestrian protection: 73%; safety systems: 81%

Jaguar I-Pace

Lexus ES

Adult protection: 91%; child protection: 87%; pedestrian protection: 90%; safety systems: 77%

Lexus ES

Mazda 6

Adult protection: 95%; child protection: 91%; pedestrian protection: 66%; safety systems: 73%

Mazda 6 front corner

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Adult protection: 96%; child protection: 91%; pedestrian protection: 92%; safety systems: 75%

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Nissan Leaf

Adult protection: 93%; child protection: 86%; pedestrian protection: 71%; safety systems: 71%

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Peugeot 508

Adult protection: 96%; child protection: 86%; pedestrian protection: 71%; safety systems: 79%

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Adult protection: 89%; child protection: 86%; pedestrian protection: 72%; safety systems: 81%

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Volvo V60/S60

Adult protection: 96%; child protection: 84%; pedestrian protection: 74%; safety systems: 76%

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Volvo XC40

Adult protection: 97%; child protection: 87%; pedestrian protection: 71%; safety systems: 76%

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