Ten safest used family cars 2017

Which are the safest late-model family cars for you and your loved ones?

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For the second year, Co-op Insurance, in conjunction with car safety experts Thatcham Research and road safety charity Brake, have been crunching numbers to decide the safest used family cars for 2017.

Safety continues to lag behind price and other priorities for used car buyers, and the aim of the annual Co-op Safe Used Car awards is to draw attention to the large number of used family car options that provide the best possible protection for you and your loved ones if the worst happens out on the road.

Thatcham Research – the UK’s world-class crash test research centre – once again ranked all of the affordable family used cars in terms of their safety features.  The qualifying criteria were unchanged from last year; price (no more than £15,000 on the used car market), CO2 emissions (no more than 120g/km) and a five-star EuroNCAP rating. All of the cars ranked in the top ten are current models, with the formula considering a used car to be at least one year old.

One of the key safety technologies that contributes heavily to an outstanding safety score is autonomous emergency braking. Thatcham recommends that all car buyers should look for vehicles with this accident-avoidance technology when shopping for a new or used car. All of the top ten cars ranked below have basic AEB included as standard, with more sophisticated systems often available at additional cost.

The top ten safest used cars for 2017

Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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