For anyone contemplating to buy a car, safety has to be one of the top priorities. Now a days, we have cars in the market that can zoom upto hundred of miles per hour of speed within a matter of seconds. With speed and power comes the risk of accidents. This is where safety comes into play. There is no entry of sports car in the list of safest cars on the market because of the mutual exclusivity of safety and fun. Cars earn their stars for safety on the basis of various points like crash performance tests, active safety features, etc. Let us explore this list of top ten most safe cars of the world:
10. Renault Clio
A super-mini car, Renault Clio has achieved commercial success and has been consistent in being one of Europe’s top-selling cars. The responsible vision of Renault’s has been providing the most effective and advanced safety devices, both active and passive, keeping aside the equipment options on your vehicle. To provide you convenience enough space has been provided in front of the cup holders, gear lever, a 4L glove compartment and storage in the center armrest and door panels.
9. Volvo S80
Volvo S80 is among the safest large cars which went under collision-test by the Insurance Institute. A standard bearer in the drive towards the safest car ever built is Volvo S80. It comprises of safety features like stability control, anti-lock brakes and overhead airbags, pretensioners, and anti-whiplash and security system. It is equipped with a means of detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. It is also equipped with an ignition disable device which prevents the engine from starting if the original manufacturer key is not used. Side impact bags are designed to protect the torso if a side impact collision takes place. If the vehicle handling limits exceed, stability control comes into action which reduces engine power or/and applies select brakes.
8. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Its predecessors were rugged and wilderness-tamed but 2013 Land Rover Range Sport focuses on all-out luxury and urban sophistication. Under the standard safety features comes antilock disc brakes (the supercharged model are fitted with more powerful Brembo brakes), front seat side airbags, hill-decent control and full-length side curtain airbags. Front and rear parking sensors, traction and stability control, rearview camera and rollover protection are standard on all models. Supercharged models also benefit from a collision mitigation system. If a collision appears imminent the system primes the brakes using forward looking radar. In extreme cases, even braking is initiated by it.
7. Toyota Sienna
It comes with a star safety system which includes traction control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assistant (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Smart Stop Technology works when the vehicle is going at speeds greater than five miles per hour, accelerator is depressed first and the brakes are then applied for longer than one and a half second, then it helps the driver in bringing the vehicle to a stop. It also consists of driver front airbag, front passenger Advanced Airbag System, knee airbag and all-row side curtain airbags.
6. Buick Verano
Buick Verano has come up with post-collision safety system, dual front and dual rear side-mounted airbags, 2 front headrests, daytime running lights and remote anti-theft alarm system along with front and rear ventilated disc brakes, auto delay off headlamps, front fog/driving lights and 3 rear headrests. Child seat anchors and emergency braking assistant are also few of its key features. Engine immobilizer, passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation and front seatbelt pretensioners are some of its standard safety features. Other key features of Buick Verano include tire pressure monitoring, airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle assistance and rear center 3-point belt.
5. Mercedes Benz M-Class
When you talk of safety cars Mercedes Benz M-Class can’t be ignored. Tire pressure monitoring and brake drying are not only new but also magnificent safety features involved in it. Pre-collision and post-collision safety system, emergency braking preparation and passenger head restraint whiplash protection system are also few of its so many safety features. Other key features include stability and traction control, rear height and front power adjustable headrests, electronic brake force distribution system and turn signal mirrors. Auto delay off headlamps and dusk sensing headlamps also prove quite useful.
4. Audi Q5
The exceptional handling and a comfortable, opulent interior gives the Audi Q5 place among luxury compact SUVs. Not just luxury, it also stands out when it comes to safety. It drives firmly and according to few of the test drivers its balanced handling and precise steering makes it their choice. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has scored 4 stars for rollover. Its standard safety features include 4-wheel disc brakes, side air bag, driver air bag, passenger airbag, rear head airbag, rear body airbag, 4-wheel ABS, brake assist, daytime running lights, integrated turn signal mirrors, child safety locks, traction and electronic stability control, side head air bag, etc.
3. Mercedes Benz E-Class
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has highest rated Mercedes Benz E-Class for frontal offset and side impact test, rear crash protection test and roof strength test. For rollover National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has once again given 5 stars i.e. the best rating. Emergency trunk release, night vision, child safety locks and brake assist are its key safety features. The E-Class has to offer something for everyone. Safe, luxurious, solid and comfortable E-Class is available as a coupe, sedan, cabriolet or wagon. All models come with a lengthy list of standard features with multi-zone climate control being the standard.
2. Audi A6
The A6 has been called Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Higher Safety (IIHS) which rated top ‘good’ from the organization in rear, frontal and side impact tests as well as in the roof strength test. It offers almost all the active-safety features including a night-vision system, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, a rearview camera and a head-up display. Its presence system tenses seatbelts when it detects an imminent collision and prepares the car for the same. It can also easily slow down and accelerate when senses obstacles changing speeds in the lane ahead.
1. Volvo V40
V40 got a perfect score when it comes to safety assistance technology which includes lane departure warning. For occupant protection it scored 98 percent but for getting to the top credit goes to pedestrian protection where it scored 88 percent. V40 has scored an amazing five-star ranking from the Euro NCAP crash-barrier tests. It is the best-yet scorer officially. The latest safety focus in Europe is minimizing injuries to pedestrians and for this Volvo provides a unique pedestrian airbag. According to Volvo, any contact with a pedestrian is detected by sensors at the front of the V40 which triggers a charge that releases the bonnet using an airbag which then provides protection and cushioning for a pedestrian’s head. The car’s A-pillars are also covered by the airbags.