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Not surprisingly, safety is a major concern for most car buyers. Here we show which cars were the best in class’ models in the 2017 Euro NCAP safety tests. You can also check whether the car you have in mind provides the highest level of safety – the Euro NCAP five-star rating.

Researching car safety

Car safety has improved dramatically over the years, but it’s still an important consideration when buying a new or used car.

By law, all new car models must pass certain safety tests based on a minimum statutory standard of safety.

Euro NCAP aims to encourage manufacturers to exceed these minimum requirements.

It tests most new cars, looking at protection for adults and children, pedestrians, safety assist and a range of other safety factors.

Each year, Euro NCAP highlights the models that have achieved the highest scores in their respective class.

Best in class cars in Euro NCAP safety tests 2017

Every year, Euro NCAP test a large number of vehicles across a range of different categories.

The 2017 best in class cars were:

  • Vauxhall Crossland X – Small MPV
  • Subaru XV and the Subaru Impreza – Small Family Car
  • VW T-Roc – Small Off-Road.

Other cars receiving a five-star safety rating include:

  • Volvo XC60
  • VW Arteon
  • Volvo V90
  • Volvo S90
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class
  • Kia Stinger
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
  • DS 7 Crossback
  • Honda Civic
  • Toyota C-HR
  • Range Rover Velar
  • VW Polo
  • Alfa Romeo Stelvio
  • Nissan Micra
  • Jaguar E-Pace
  • BWM 5 Series
  • Audi Q5
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • SEAT Arona
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Mazda CX-5
  • Kia Rio
  • SEAT Ibiza
  • Kia Stonic
  • BMW 6 Series GT
  • Renault Koleos
  • Skoda Karoq
  • BMW X3
  • Hyundai i30
  • Jeep Compass
  • Skoda Kodiaq
  • Hyndai KONA
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Vauxhall Grandland X
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
  • Mini Countryman
  • Toyota Yaris.

Check the safety results for your car on the Euro NCAP website.

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This article is provided by the Money Advice Service.