Car Reviews

Safest small cars

In the modern age, even small cars are incredibly safe. The amount of crash protection offered by recent city cars and superminis is remarkable, performing better in crash tests than even saloons and SUVs of not that long ago.

Because of their size and easy-to-drive nature, as well as their impressive safety credentials, these models make ideal safe first cars for young drivers.

Peugeot 208 (2019 Onwards)

With scores of 91 percent and 86 percent for adult and child protection scores, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Peugeot 208 deserved a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Indeed, the crash test experts noted that the latest generation of 208 scored maximum points in the side barrier test, and offered good protection of the knees and femurs for both driver and passenger in a frontal collision.

Where it lost points was the vulnerable road users tests, with mixed results for pedestrian safety in the event of a collision with a person walking across the road. However, the autonomous emergency braking system does have pedestrian detection built in.

Available safety features in the Peugeot 208 include:

  • Active safety brake
  • Full park assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Active blind spot detection

Vauxhall Corsa (2019 Onwards)

Offering good all-round protection for both front and rear passengers, the latest generation of Vauxhall Corsa scored 84 and 86 percent for adult and child occupant protection respectively in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Despite weighing 10 percent less than the previous generation, the Corsa (and the Corsa-e) performed admirably in crash simulations, with the passenger compartment remaining stable during frontal impacts.

The list of standard safety equipment is certainly impressive, with all Corsa models featuring:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Driver drowsiness system

Renault Clio (2019 Onwards)

The Renault Clio has managed to one-up its rivals by offering a full five-star safety rating, thanks to the enormous amount of safety features packed into what is still a relatively small car.

96 percent adult occupant protection is just the beginning, with the Clio achieving 89 percent for child occupants too.

What’s perhaps most impressive is the sheer number of advanced driver safety assist technology they’ve managed to squeeze into an affordable and great value car. Available features include:

  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Traffic jam companion with semi-autonomous driving

Cheap safe cars

When browsing the pre-owned market, it’s possible to find a very safe used car for £10,000 or less.

For cars that cost even less than that, there are some models available for under £5,000 that scored five stars for safety when they were tested at the time of their launch. Some of those cars include:

Find the safest cars you can buy with Evans Halshaw

With significant advances in both safety testing procedures and technology in recent years, cars today are safer than they ever have been.

In addition, semi-autonomous driving features are becoming more common and cars now go above and beyond to actively work to prevent collisions from happening in the first place.

At Evans Halshaw, we partner with many of the world’s leading car manufacturers who offer some of the safest vehicles around. To find your perfect car, start your search for a new or used car today.


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