Five-star cars with five-star safety

What Car? - - Safety Technology -

Just be­cause you value safety doesn’t mean you have to com­pro­mise on driv­ing en­joy­ment or prac­ti­cal­ity. To help you choose the best and safest car, we’ve rounded up the mod­els that have both a ve-star What Car? rat­ing and a ve-star Euro NCAP safety rat­ing. They all also won an ac­co­lade at our 2018 Car of the Year Awards.

Skoda Su­perb Es­tate

The Su­perb Es­tate is a great al­ter­na­tive to an SUV as a fam­ily car, be­cause it’s good to drive and has a cav­ernous in­te­rior and boot. It’s also ex­cep­tion­ally good value for money, be­cause it comes with all the equip­ment you’d ex­pect from a premium-brand model but at a far lower price.

Seat Ibiza

Com­pe­ti­tion is rife in the small hatch­back class, but the Ibiza is the class leader, be­cause it’s great to drive and spa­cious and comes very well equipped. There re­ally are no ob­vi­ous weak­nesses in its ar­mour, in­clud­ing for safety, so it’s no surprise that it has our back­ing. Nis­san Leaf

The new Leaf elec­tric car will cost you more than its main ri­val, the Re­nault Zoe, but it’s much bet­ter to drive, more spa­cious in­side and con­sid­er­ably safer. And while its real-world range of 108 miles in our win­ter tests might seem a lit­tle short, it’s still more than enough for the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple’s com­mute.

Volk­swa­gen Touran

The Touran is the most pol­ished and well-rounded new MPV you can buy. It has the high­est-qual­ity in­te­rior, the best in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and the com est ride in its class, as well as spa­cious and ex­i­ble seat­ing, en­abling the Touran to with­stand fam­ily use with ease.

Audi A4

Ex­ec­u­tive car driv­ers tend to clock up many mo­tor­way miles, so a good driv­ing po­si­tion, a com­fort­able ride and re ned high-speed cruis­ing man­ners are vi­tal re­quire­ments for their cars. The fact that the A4 sa­loon also has in­te­rior qual­ity that wouldn’t be dis­graced by a lux­ury car also helps to make it our top choice. BMW 5 Se­ries

The 5 Se­ries is our favourite lux­ury car, be­cause it’s em­i­nently so­phis­ti­cated, com­fort­able and great value for money. It’s a con­sum­mate all-rounder; you’ll want it as much for the way our rec­om­mended 520d ver­sion av­er­ages almost 45mpg in real-world driv­ing as you will for its beau­ti­ful in­te­rior.

Volvo XC40

Our over­all Car of the Year is decked out with the same au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing and lane-keep­ing as­sist systems as the larger XC60, which won our 2018 Safety Award. It also has a sump­tu­ously ap­pointed and roomy in­te­rior, com­posed han­dling and ap­peal­ing ex­te­rior styling. And its diesel en­gine is cleaner in the real world than plenty of petrols.

Skoda Oc­tavia

The Oc­tavia hatch­back is our 2018 Fam­ily Car of the Year, thanks to its broad range of tal­ents. It’s eas­ily roomy enough for a fam­ily and all their kit and durable for daily life. On top of that, it’s en­joy­able to drive and com­pet­i­tively priced next to its ri­vals.

Seat Arona

Seat may have been late to the SUV party, but it has al­ready pro­duced two rst-rate mod­els.the newer of the pair, the Arona, is our 2018 Small SUV of the Year. Although it’s not as cheap as some ri­vals, strong nance deals make it just as af­ford­able to run. Plus, it’s fun to drive and more spa­cious in­side than most. Audi Q7

It takes a lot to be­come our Lux­ury SUV of the Year, but the Q7 won that ac­co­lade due to its pil­lowy ride, whis­per-quiet driv­ing man­ners and stun­ning in­te­rior am­bi­ence.that it’s also prac­ti­cal and well equipped seals the deal.

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