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Top 5 Tuesdays: the Safest Cars for 2014

December 2, 2014

Car safety- it’s often the first thing people list when looking for a car. And with good reason – considering most of us will, at some point in our lives, be involved in a car-crash. So for those of us without Richard Hammond’s luck, we need to make sure we’ve got a car equipped to keep us safe.

In today’s edition of Top 5 Tuesdays, we’re taking a look at the 5 safest cars in today’s market – ranked according to their Euro NCAP scores. So which world-proof machines have made the safest cars shortlist?

Volvo V40

At number one, we find the new Volvo V40. To find a Volvo this high in the list will come as no shock to anybody – the Swedish company has been making exceptionally well-equipped safe cars for years. What will surprise is that the Volvo V40 has scored the highest rating the NCAP has ever given a car. The Swedes managed to score a 100% on their safety assistance systems and a 98% on their adult passenger protection. But they didn’t stop there: a never-before seen external airbag even helps keep pedestrians safe. If only the safest car on the market will do, the Volvo V40 is where it’s at – starting at £18,995.

Mercedes C-Class

It’s easy to see why the Mercedes C-Class cars scored so high; they are just very, very strong cars. Add to this the amazing safety assistance systems that work to prevent the crash from happening in the first place and you’ve got yourself a car built for safety. It’s worth mentioning Mercedes’ PRE-SAFE system that optimises seat position and seatbelt tension in case of a crash – which scored the Germans second place on our list. The Mercedes C-Class saloon starts at £27,195.

BMW 5 Series

BMW has been known to make spectacularly secure cars for so long that the brand has just about become synonymous with car safety. The fact that the first BMW on our list occupies third place has nothing to do with BMW slipping – it’s just that the competition has released some of the safest cars ever this year. The BMW 5 Series has been around in its current form for 5 years, so the fact that it’s still keeping up with newer cars attests to its safety. The starting price for a BMW 5 Series saloon is £30,865.

Ford Kuga SUV

Finding an SUV on this list is hardly surprising since these are cars designed to be tough. What might surprise you, however, is that it’s a Ford. The Ford Kuga SUV wins its fourth place spot thanks to a wide array of airbags and an electronic stability control in its standard kit. You can get your hands on one from only £20,995.

BMW 3 Series

And number 5 on the list is another BMW – making it the only brand with two cars on the shortlist, and thus maintaining its title as manufacturer of the safest cars on the road. The BMW 3 Series is slightly less safe than the bigger BMW 5 Series, but still scores very high – especially for a smaller car. With plenty of airbags in the standard kit and a ton of revolutionary safety systems, the 3 Series takes the fifth spot with pride. Its starting price is £23,555.

So there you have it – the safest cars for sale this year. Built for safety and ready for anything, these are cars you can rely on – and that’s a feeling worth paying for. Fancy one of these danger-proof beauties, but can’t find the funds? At the Car Loan Warehouse, we’re experts in car finance – and we can get you inside an impenetrable fortress on wheels whether or not you can afford the up-front payment. Try our online car loan calculator today for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.