Which is the Safest Car of 2013?

With so many cars now being manufactured each year it’s hard to know which ones are the safest. But due to advances in technology car manufacturers are ensuring that cars become safer each year. Sixt has looked into some of the safest cars around and provided details below about these models.


The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) is a car safety assessment programme that is backed by several European governments and the European Union.


The Euro NCAP has recently revealed its list of safest cars that it tested in 2013. They have rated all cars that they tested in 4 areas. These areas are adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist systems. Cars are also put into different categories including, Super mini, large family, small MPV x2, small family, small off road 4x4 and executive.


Adult Occupant protection is decided by doing front, side and pole impact tests. These tests are carried out using dummies in a number of different shapes and sizes.


Child occupant protection is tested using dummies in child restraint seats and how they are effected by front and side crashes as well as CRS compatibility with the car.


Pedestrian protection is assessed by how a cars impact effects a pedestrian hit by the front end of the car with energy absorbing structures and deployable protection systems now being promoted. 

Safety assist is based on how cars have their own safety systems designed to protect the driver against potential road accidents or lower the chance of injury. In some cases this can be as simple as having a seatbelt reminder in case a driver forgets to use their seatbelt once they have set off on their journey.


The safest car in the super mini category is the Renault ZOE. This car scored 89% in adult occupant, 80% in child occupant, 66% in pedestrian protection and 85% in safety assist.


The Lexus IS 300h was the safest car in the large family category. The car scored 91% in adult occupant, 85% in child occupant, 80 in pedestrian protection and 66% in safety assist.


In the small MPV category there were two cars picked, the first of these was the Kia Carens. It scored 94% for adult occupant, 76% for child occupant, 64% for pedestrian protection and 81% for safety assist. The second car in this category is the Ford Tourneo Connect. This car scored 94% in adult occupant, 85% in child occupant, 62% in pedestrian protection and 70% in safety assist.


In the small family section the safest car was the Qoros 3 Sedan. It scored 95% for adult occupant, 87% for child occupant, 77% for pedestrian protection, and 81% in safety assist.


The Jeep Cherokee was the safest car in the small off road 4x4 category. The car scored 92% for adult occupant, 79% for child occupant, 67% pedestrian protection and 74% for safety assist.


In the executive category the Maserati Ghibli was the safest vehicle. With 95% scored for adult occupant, 79% for child occupant, 74% for pedestrian protection and 81% for safety assist.


Other cars that have performed well in the Euro NCAP test are the Infiniti Q50, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Peugeot 3


* Please note: All information was correct at the time of publication.