How to Choose the Safest Used Cars
Automotive technology and design have come a long way in recent years and safety systems are more advanced than ever. There are, however, some manufacturers and models which go the extra mile to ensure the safety of driver and passengers.
Drivers for whom safety is typically top of the list of priorities when buying a car include those with children and inexperienced motorists, but the road can be a dangerous place and vehicle safety should be in every buyer’s mind.
How to Find Out How Safe Used Cars Are
Before buying a vehicle, you should always check its Euro NCAP score. This score is determined by a thorough vehicle testing process, which recreates accident scenarios that could harm car occupants and road users.
You can find the Euro NCAP rating for each model generation on the official website. The safest used cars will have a five-star score.
Which Used Cars are Best for Safety?
Here are our three top used cars for safety, all of which have a five-star NCAP rating.
Used Vauxhall Astra
A classic choice for families, all generations of Vauxhall Astra cars since 2004 have been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating and they are packed with crash avoidance technology, including ISOFIX child-seat mounts, ESC, ABS, tyre-pressure monitoring and emergency braking assistance.
Used Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Qashqai cars are available with a ProPilot package of semi-autonomous systems which enables you to set a distance from the vehicle in front, keeps you in your chosen motorway lane and stop and start in traffic automatically. The Smart Vision pack also offers automatic breaking, drowsiness detection and blind-spot monitoring.
Used Honda Civic
Post 2009 versions of the Honda Civic have been given five-star NCAP ratings. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and lane-keeping technology.