What are the safest cars to drive in the UK?

Cars are one of the most popular modes of transport in the whole of the UK. Whilst buses, trains, or cycling are other great options, none quite compare to the speed, privacy, and freedom one gets from being behind the wheel. 

With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that there are 32.5 million cars on the UK roads. This number is sure to increase year upon year as more people pass their driving test. Passing your driving test, however, is no small with just 47% of people who take the test passing.

The test is hard to pass because they want to ensure only the safest drivers are patrolling the UK roads but even the safest drivers can run into trouble from time to time. This could be due to extreme weather conditions or even the car itself. 

Whilst the weather can’t be helped, choosing the safest vehicle and knowing where to get it from can reduce your chances of crashing dramatically. Read on to find out what the safest cars to drive in the UK are. 

Make and model 

Certain cars are safer to drive than others which makes them ideal for new drivers or those that lack confidence.  How safety levels are decided comes down to the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program). It will assess features such as adult protection, child protection, vulnerable road-user protection, and safety assist systems. 

In 2022, the top examples of cars that are safe include:

  • Lexus NX
  • Volkswagen Taigo 
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Honda HR-V 
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe

With these cars, you can feel safe each time you set out on a car trip no matter the distance. 

Where to buy the car from? 

Now that you’ve chosen which safe car you want, you’ll need to purchase it and where you buy it from can affect the safety levels too. For example, when you buy a car from a dealership, you can expect what you see is what you get as they are a reputable business. 

Should you buy privately, however, the seller may not disclose information that may affect the sale such as highlighting faults that could put the buyer in harm’s way. Do the research and ensure wherever you purchase your car from is reputable or it could cost you in repairs and even your life. 


Now you’ve bought your car and everything seems fine and dandy, it’s time to do all you can to keep your car safe. This could include getting new tyres during winter for better grip, getting your car booked in once a year for its MOT, and ensuring all of your light bulbs are working for night time driving.


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