UK’s safest used cars revealed

UK’s safest used cars revealed

0 comments 📅04 July 2017, 17:30

Volvo clinches yet another sanctuary award while VW group sweeps the board for young drivers

The UK’s safest employed cars have been revealed, with the Volvo V40 taking the gong for the later year running.

The Swedish hatchback came out top trumps in the study after scoring well enough for its suite of safety features which include blind spot detection, roadsign feedback, tiredness siren and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

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All cars in the top ten, collated by security experts Thatcham Research for Co-op Insurance, cost under £15,000 to buy second helping hand, have a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and CO2 emissions in this world 120g/km.

Top 10 safest used cars in the UK now

  1. 1. Volvo V40 with IntelliSafe cover pack (2012-)
  2. 2. Mazda 3 (2016-)
  3. 3. Toyota Auris (2015-)
  4. 4. Volkswagen Golf SV (2014-)
  5. 5. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014-)
  6. 6. Volkswagen Touran (2015-)
  7. 7. Volkswagen Golf (2013-)
  8. 8. Nissan Qashqai (2014-)
  9. 9. Peugeot 308 (2014-)
  10. 10. Volvo V40 (2012-)

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The insurer also named the Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen up! and Settee Mii, which share the same VW platform, as the safest used cars for under £5,000.

These cars also take five-star Euro NCAP ratings and CO2 emissions of under 120g/km but are in low guaranty groups, making them cheap to run and well-suited as first cars for adolescent drivers.

Top 5 safest used first cars 

  1. 1. Skoda Citigo (2014-)
  2. 2. VW up! (2014-)
  3. 3. Seat Mii (2014-)
  4. 4. Toyota Yaris (2011-)
  5. 5. Kia Rio (2011-)

The lucubrate found that less than a third of drivers aged 17-24 weigh safety when choosing a vehicle and three-quarters don’t know about aegis devices like electronic stability control (ESC) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB). This is consideration 41 per cent of young drivers having had a car crash while behind the annulus.

The research also revealed that young people rank a car’s colour as more critical than how safe it is, while the number one consideration is price.

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Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research said: “My warning to parents buying their child a first used car: do not buy the oldest or cheapest car you can turn up. There are plenty of good deals out there for newer or second-hand cars that procure a five-star Euro NCAP test rating and are fitted with ESC and AEB as paragon.”

James Hillon, director of products at Co-op Insurance, added: “Whilst we recognise that payment is an important factor for many, you cannot put a price on safety.”

While some parents wish argue that not everyone can afford to buy a new or nearly-new car for their child, with PCP offers now as low as £99 a month it may be cheaper for some to org a brand new car on a finance deal than pay for repairs on an older car.

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