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Safest UK SUVs

Safety is one of the most important considerations when purchasing a vehicle. One must have outmost assurance that their car can hold its own and keep all the occupants as safe as possible in the case of an accident. The following are the safest UK SUVs on the road according to the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

Volvo CX90 – Has very good crash safety ratings. The original XC90 scored a maximum five-star rating in 2002 and, after 15 years, still has no recorded occupant fatalities in its three biggest markets – the UK, US and Sweden.Volvo’s commitment to safety is well known. It pioneered the seatbelt in 1959, and opened up the patent so that any manufacturer could use it. More recently, it pledged that nobody would die in one of its cars by the year 2020.Simplyput, there is no safer way for you and your family to travel.

Lexus RX – is the original hybrid SUV where, beyond the hushed powertrain, bold styling and beautifully finished cabin, it puts safety at the forefront of its offering. It comes with 10 airbags – more than any other big SUV – and every model has an exhaustive list of standard safety equipment that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and hill start assist.

Discovery SUV – The Land Rover Discovery SUV has an extensive suite of traction control systems contribute towards safety. All versions receive Lane Departure Warning and an Autonomous Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Detection, while there are Isofix anchorage points for at least four child car seats. Further, optional safety equipment includes a rear-view camera, a Blind Spot Monitor, a self-parking function plus parking cameras that give you a bird’s eye view around the car.

Ford Edge – Comes with an impressive suite of safety measures, including stability control, lane departure warning, inflatable rear seatbelts to reduce bruising in the event of an impact, plus a collision mitigation system that warns of an impending low-speed impact and slows or stops the car if the driver takes no action.There’s also a 180-degree ‘Split View’ camera that helps you spot oncoming traffic when pulling out of tight junctions.

Audi Q7 – Offers equal amounts of adult and child occupancy protection, but loses points to the Volvo on its active safety systems. It features a host of optional equipment that includes radar-guided cruise control with lane assist, night vision cameras, traffic sign assist (so you always know the speed limit), plus the new Virtual Cockpit, which can dynamically change your dials depending on whether you need to read your speed or navigation instructions.

EURO NCAP SCORES

MODEL

ADULT

CHILD PEDSTRIAN SAFETY

Volvo CX90

97%

87% 72% 100%

Lexus RX

91%

82%

79%

77%

DiscoverySUV 90% 80% 75%

73%

Ford Edge

93%

85%

74%

72%

Audi Q7

94%

88%

70%

76%

 

 

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