Thanks to roadsign feedback, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot detection and tiredness alert, the Swedish hatchback won this first prize.
Based on criteria for the research, the cars in the top ten should have CO2 emissions below 120g/km, a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and a maximum of £5,000 on the second-hand market, safety experts Thatcham Research for Co-op Insurance revealed.
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Volvo V40 with IntelliSafe safety pack with two-year running was ranked first in the list of the top 10 safest used cars
Top 10 safest used cars in the UK now
- Volvo V40 with IntelliSafe safety pack (2012)
- Mazda 3 (2016)
- Toyota Auris (2015)
- Volkswagen Golf SV (2014)
- BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014)
- Volkswagen Touran (2015)
- Volkswagen Golf (2013)
- Nissan Qashqai for sale (2014)
- Peugeot 308 (2014)
- Volvo V40 (2012)
Co-op Insurance also launches the top 5 safest used first cars under £5,000, with Skoda Citigo at the first rank, followed by the VW up! and Seat Mii.
All these cars also include five-star Euro NCAP ratings as well as CO2 emissions of under 120g/km. Besides, they are in low insurance groups that makes them so cheap to run and well-suited as first cars for young drivers.
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Co-op Insurance also launches the top 5 safest used first cars under £5,000, with Skoda Citigo on the first rank
Top 5 safest used first cars under £5,000
“Autonomous Emergency Braking and Electronic Stability Control are second only to the seatbelt in terms of being life savers. They are critical in preventing the most common crashes that young drivers have,” said Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research.
“My advice to parents buying their child a first used car: do not buy the oldest or cheapest car you can find. There are plenty of good deals out there for newer second-hand cars that have a five-star Euro NCAP test rating and are fitted with ESC and AEB as standard.” he added.
Based on criteria for the research, the cars in the top ten should have CO2 emissions below 120g/km