Top 10 best cars for safety features

Driver Power asked UK new car buyers about their cars' safety features. Here are the top ten highest rated

  • Covering: Number of electronic safety systems,how easy it is to activate and shut off said systems
  • Winner: Subaru XV Mk2
  • Score: 94.64%

The XV flies under the radar overall in the survey, and barely makes it into the top half of the table. When it comes to safety features, though, its owners couldn’t be happier, awarding it second place both for the number of safety features fitted, and also for how those systems work.

They’re also satisfied with how easy it is to activate and deactivate said systems, awarding the XV a very decent 10th place.

The Polestar 2 and Kia Sorento take second and third places on the category podium. The Polestar beats the XV to first place for the number of safety systems the car is equipped with, and follows that up with an excellent second place for the ease of turning them on and off. 

However, owners only rated safety system functionality at 17th, allowing the XV to run away with the win. The third-placed Sorento has the best-functioning safety systems in the survey, say readers, but a seventh place for ease of activation and ninth for the number of features confirmed its bronze medal.

Your view

“Safety features and ease of access are strong points for Subaru and they should be commended for these elements of their cars.”

Safety features top 10

ModelClassOverall PositionOverall ScoreCategory Score
1. Subaru XV Mk2Mid to Large SUV35th89.87%94.64%
2. Polestar 2Premium Mid to Large SUV17th90.94%94.40%
3. Kia Sorento Mk4Mid to Large SUV2nd92.44%94.35%
4. Volkswagen T-RocMid to Large SUV28th90.19%94.04%
5. Citroen C4 Mk3Compact Family Car1st93.99%93.97%
6. MINI Hatch Mk3Supermini24th90.64%93.83%
7. Toyota Prius Mk4Compact Family Car8th91.45%92.98%
8. Lexus UXPremium Small SUV38th89.56%92.97%
9. Tesla Model 3Executive22nd90.71%92.78%
10. Lexus NX Mk1Premium Mid to Large SUV55th88.68%92.61%
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Chris covers all aspects of motoring life for Auto Express. Over a long career he has contributed news and car reviews to brands such as Autocar, WhatCar?, PistonHeads, Goodwood and The Motor Trader.

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