Are you an anxious driver? It's a sentiment many of us can relate to, and with more people joining a growing car culture every year, leaning for a safer journey is well within reason. For many, safety and peace of mind take priority over comfort and performance – but fortunately, we live in an era where you really can have it both ways… Whether you’re a parent, live in a hectic part of the driving world, or simply want reassurance, we’ve handpicked our safest cars for you and your passengers – it’s not about luck, it’s about being well-informed and choosing from the cream of the crop.
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The Mazda CX-30 has many cards up its sleeve, such as a strong handling profile and high-quality cabin, but its safety ratings are the golden ticket that has placed it on our list.
In the Euro-NCAP assessment, it achieved an unprecedented 99% score for adult occupant safety, raising the bar for safety standards. Awarded the highest 5-star rating, the CX-30 proudly holds a high position among the safest cars on the road UK.
The CX-30 also excels across the board in other safety measures:
This remarkable safety performance is thanks to Mazda's advanced Skyactiv system. From its high-rigidity and lightweight bodyshell to an array of cutting-edge i-Activesense safety technologies, the CX-30 is prepared for almost any situation.
It’s worth noting that the CX-30’s Smart City Brake Support system was able to prevent low-speed collisions in testing scenarios. Even the Secretary-General of Euro-NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen, suggested that the CX-30 is unlikely to be surpassed in this category.
You really can have it both ways – beyond safety, the CX-30 reflects Mazda’s craftsmanship in designing an engaging and responsive drive. There is an unspoken and seamless interface between driver and car in the CX-30; smooth, predictable, and comfortable.
EVs have a somewhat unfair advantage when it comes to safety. They have fewer moving parts, a lower centre of gravity to prevent roll, and are generally more up-to-date with the wonders of safety technology. Who else can reflect these merits better than the Hyundai IONIQ 6?
Holding the title of Safest Family Car of 2022 in Europe, this award-winning EV not only aced crash tests with a flawless five-star rating but also demonstrated outstanding performance across various safety categories. The IONIQ 6 doesn’t just stop at a well-earned 97% NCAP rating in adult occupant protection, it also excels at shielding critical body regions during impact and achieving a high score in child occupant protection. Pair this with a generous suite of safety assistance tech, and it becomes easy to see why the IONIQ 6 is on this list.
“The fact that IONIQ 6 has followed IONIQ 5 in achieving the maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP is proof that not only is Hyundai a leader in future mobility, but also that our models are among the safest in Europe." - Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe
The IONIQ 6 doesn't simply rely on impressive scores alone. It's equipped with an array of advanced safety features, including Hyundai's Smart Sense Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. This suite includes:
What better way to ensure safety than preventing accidents in the first place? The IONIQ 6 essentially places a second driver in an already impressive cabin to turn your anxious drives into ones of peace. The IONIQ 6 has undeniably earned its place among the safest cars in today's market.
After an exciting new update, the Vauxhall Corsa has been on our minds a lot. The Corsa doesn’t achieve the title of the UK’s best-selling supermini without proving its safety time and time again. There’s a reason why the public also turns to the Corsa – it’s reliable, fun, and up-to-date.
With a score of 84% for adult protection and 86% score for child occupant protection, the Corsa proves itself as a strong all-rounder for those looking for a safe and reliable supermini. Standard safety features include lane departure warning and lane-keep assist system, speed sign recognition, and automatic emergency braking, which are standard across the range.
There are a range of powertrains and trim levels available on the Corsa, and the recent update shows off even more bang for your buck. The new model now weighs 10% less, which translates to improved agility, especially valuable in urban landscapes. If you want to see the All-New Corsa in action, stay in tune on our YouTube channel for our video overview – it certainly turns any feelings of anxious driving into something fun, reliable, and safe.
The MG HS takes safety seriously, boasting an impressive 5-star Euro NCAP rating – could we expect any less from an MG SUV? From a reinforced high-tensile steel cage body to a newly updated bold and dynamic design, the MG HS always puts safety and comfort first.
There’s a comprehensive suite of safety features in the HS that aim to give you peace of mind thanks to the MG Pilot system, including Cruise Control, Engine Start-Stop, Auto Hold, Hill-Start Assist Control, and an Electric Parking Brake. Camera technology is also a big part of the MG HS’s safety architecture, from the addition of Blind Spot Detection, to Rear parking sensors and a Rear-View Camera.
Service intervals for the HS are set at every 15,000 miles or annually, whichever comes first. MG's service plans offer flexible payment options for scheduled maintenance, including the choice of monthly payments or a one-off sum. Moreover, customers enjoy a complimentary 12 months of MG Roadside Assistance.
The MG HS isn't just a smart financial choice due to its competitive pricing. It stands out for its robust safety features and a seven-year warranty. With its generous equipment levels, it emerges as a compelling option for families seeking reliable and secure transport.
The Suzuki Vitara is a compact SUV that has earned an impressive 5-star overall safety rating from Euro NCAP… we sure set a high safety standard in this list!
Across many crucial safety assessment areas, the Vitara not only met but exceeded the minimum requirements for the coveted five-star Euro NCAP rating. Thanks to Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology, the Vitara benefits from a lightweight construction and strong body that proves itself highly resilient in the event of a crash… all while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.
Beyond the obvious, smaller details in the Vitara go a long way, such as protection against whiplash injury in rear-end collisions for both front seats and head restraints. The Vitara also excels in child safety and pedestrian protection, surpassing competitors thanks to its thoughtfully designed bonnet structures and innovative cowl top and wiper configurations.
With ample space and a well-designed petrol engine, the Vitara is a cost-effective and practical SUV that places you in no safer position on the road. Helpful features such as traffic sign recognition, emergency brake support, a rearview camera, and adaptive cruise add to this feeling too.
Owner feedback reinforces the Suzuki Vitara's reputation for reliability and durability, with praise for its cost-effectiveness and agile handling. The Vitara comes with a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, extendable at an additional cost. Suzuki's service plans offer flexibility with instalment-based payment options, making it easier to manage overall running costs.
For those seeking an enjoyable and versatile compact SUV that's equally at home on city streets or off-road adventures, the Suzuki Vitara stands as an excellent choice.
Across these award-winning cars, one thing stands clear - safety is not just a feature, but a promise. If you’re an anxious driver, things will certainly change thanks to our list above. If you’re ready to take the first step towards worry-free driving, explore our latest offers today and discover your ideal companion for the road ahead.