Many vehicle owners have had at least one incident when on the road, regardless of whether they were at fault or not, and most probably rank safety high up on their list of criteria for buying a car. If it is, then it’s probably a good idea to take a look at the most recently published studies of Euro NCAP. NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars in Europe. Of course, if you consider yourself to be a “safe” driver anyway, you might not be swayed too much by these reports, but accidents don’t always occur as a result of a mistake on your part.

A vehicle’s NCAP rating might not affect your insurance policy, but many other factors do such as price, the age of the driver, where the vehicle is parked and so on. Moreover, you may receive a no claims bonus if you are a careful driver and so driver behaviour primarily decides whether a premium rises or falls.

The latest results published by NCAP reveal the six safest car models as being the following:

  • Audi A3
  • Ford B-Max
  • Isuzu D-Max
  • Kia Cee’d
  • Renault Clio
  • Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 was ranked overall the safest for adults and had a 100 per cent rating for driver “Safety Assist”, whilst the Renault Clio was ranked safest for children.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general said “Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle, […] The presence in these categories of high performing five star cars demonstrates car manufacturers’ commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles.”

Euro NCAP has now decided it will be carrying out electronic stability control tests as part of the overall assessment. Since 2009, Euro NCAP has required ESC systems to be fitted as standard as it is meant to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes in which the driver loses “directional” control of the vehicle, including crashes that involve the vehicle rolling over.