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Car manufacturers are advancing their safety features at a rapid pace, constantly setting the bar higher and developing new technology to make us feel safer than ever before. Modern cars are becoming increasingly better equipped to handle accidents and, in some cases, even avoid them. Anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability programmes (ESP) and ISOFIX child-seat mounts have for some time now become mandatory safety features.
Nowadays the safest cars are equipped with additional safety technology such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-departure warning systems, which are becoming more and more common .
Car safety in the UK and Europe is measured by the European New Car Assessment Programme which tests cars on safety assistance, adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and pedestrian protection. Our top 5 safest cars are all proud holders of 5 star ratings from Euro NCAP and went through the latest and toughest tests to ensure they really are the safest cars to lease in 2017.
The Toyota Prius is considered the safest large family car, ranking with 5 stars overall and high individual scores for all Euro NCAP safety tests:
92% for adult occupant protection
82% for child occupant protection
77% for pedestrian protection
85% for safety assist
The Toyota Prius is at the top of our list of safest cars because, whilst ranking high for all standard equipment - it also sports additional features which allow it to deal well with accidents as well as avoid them, such as its Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system.
Many accidents happen because the driver is distracted, has poor visibility or slow reflexes and doesn’t brake in time. The AEB system is able to detect danger, warn the driver in time and/ or reduce the impact of the accident, when unavoidable, by slowing down the vehicle. The Prius’ AEB system, which was awarded maximum points by the Euro NCAP, also detects objects and people behind the vehicle, making the feature extremely helpful when reversing.
The Toyota Prius also ensures you don’t exceed speed limits, so you won’t be paying damaging fines and you will avoid dangerous accidents. As the Toyota Prius is able to recognise road signs, it sounds a warning sound when you need to decelerate. To top it all off, every Prius sports adaptive cruise control and high beam assistance. Toyota’s more than affordable lease price makes the Toyota Prius the perfect car in terms of safety and value for money.
The Peugeot 3008 is also a proud 5 stars holder of the overall Euro NCAP score and it has high ratings for child and adult occupant protection, making it an excellent choice in the market:
86% for adult occupant protection
85% for child occupant protection
67% for pedestrian protection
58% for safety assist
The reason why hasn’t grabbed Number 1 spot, however, is that its AEB system is a standard only in the UK. This means that it should have potentially ranked higher as, in the rest of Europe, where the Euro NCAP tests take place; the AEB system is available only if it is specified as a cost option.
The vehicle offers great accident protection against whiplash injuries and rear end collisions, as well as being great at avoiding accidents altogether with its blind spot warning system and its ability to reduce the speed of the vehicle automatically according to the road’s limits. Considering its attractive price, the Peugeot 3008 offers great value for money and amazing safety technology.
The Volkswagen Tiguan has impressive Euro NCAP crash test results, scoring the highest in adult occupant protection:
96% for adult occupant protection
84% for child occupant protection
72% for pedestrian protection
68% for safety assist
As it was the case for the Toyota Prius and the Peugeot 3008, the Volkswagen Tiguan comes with a standard AEB system which works both in the city and in the motorway and has the option of having speed assistance, reminding the driver of the road speed limits.
The lane-keeping technology on the Volkswagen Tiguan is particularly impressive as it is not as intrusive as in other vehicles, meaning drivers are less likely to turn it off, ensuring better safety. Being an SUV, it is perfect for a family, both in terms of space and safety, making it a great choice for your next car.
The Honda Jazz is considered the safest supermini, scoring 5 stars overall and with a great individual rating, impressive for its small size:
93% for adult occupant protection
85% for child occupant protection
73% for pedestrian protection
71% for safety assist
Cruise control, auto headlights and city auto-braking system come as standard on the Honda Jazz, making it a great car for beginners and young drivers - as it combines a variety of safety gadgets with a small size and price. Additional safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure alert and traffic sign recognition as well as rear-view parking cameras and keyless entry.
The Honda Jazz is the proof that cars don’t have to be expensive to be safe. Considering its small size and price tag, the Honda Jazz is a great option.
The Honda UK managing director, Philip Crossman has said of the Honda Jazz:
“As with all new Honda vehicles sold in Europe, the Jazz is fitted with a number of premium active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer. It is unrivaled when it comes to safety features, and is the only car in its sector to come with a city brake active system as standard. Driver, passenger & pedestrian safety is absolutely paramount for Honda and we remain committed to bringing some of the most advanced technologies to the market & making them accessible to the widest customer base possible. With every model in our current range having the maximum 5* Euro NCAP rating owners can have complete peace-of-mind that they are driving one of the safest cars on the market.”
The last car on our list of safest vehicles to lease in 2017, once again amazes us with their 5 star Euro NCAP ratings and high individual scores:
91% for adult occupant protection
80% for child occupant protection
70% for pedestrian protection
82% for safety assist
All 2017 models come with standard 7 airbags, blindspot driver’s mirror, and a rearview camera. All Ioniq models are fitted with Smart Cruise Control, which maintains a constant speed by automatically accelerating or braking when necessary. The SEL version of the Hybrid is the safest, adding to the standard package lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise controls and automatic emergency braking. Lane departure warnings alert the driver through acoustic and visual stimuli if he fails to indicate when the car crosses road markings and automatically guides the vehicle back to safety.
The Hyundai Ioniq is also the first car in the world to offer three separate powertrain options with plug-in, hybrid and electric versions of the same model. This means it is not only one of the safest cars but it is also good for the environment, being a pioneer in the world of eco-friendly vehicles.
If you are looking for a safe and reliable model to protect yourself and your family when you are on the road, don’t look further than the five cars mentioned above. Our research has shown that they not only score high on all safety tests but they are also great examples of innovation and comfort. Style, space and performance do not come second to safety, meaning you can drive a great car, knowing you are protected.
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* All vehicle images and car descriptions on this site are for illustration and reference purposes only and are not necessarily an accurate representation of the vehicle on offer.
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