Safety is usually high on the list for any prospective car buyer. When it comes to your family, nothing is more important than that five-star safety rating. If you’re unfamiliar with car safety, every new vehicle is put through independent crash testing. They are tested in a variety of settings, and marked on their performance in four categories. Those categories are adult safety, passenger safety, pedestrian safety, and safety assist. Each car is given a star rating out of five. If you’re looking for a family car with top class credentials, here are the very best.

1. Volvo V40

Volvo have long had a reputation for safety. They put family driving at the heart of what they do, so it’s no surprise they come out on top. The V40 is a triumph in this category, eclipsing every other car on the road. The high rating is down to its sophisticated safety assist features. The car has built-in technology that helps detect and avoid crashes before the driver can even react. If you’re looking for a safe, family car, you can’t go wrong with Volvo. Start your search at, and keep your family secure.

2. Land Rover Discovery Sport

You won’t be surprised to see a few 4×4 and SUV models on this list. After all, many families choose these larger models specifically for their safety. While it’s true that size does often provide safety, you must choose the right model. Some 4x4s scored surprisingly low on the Euro NCAP safety rating. However, the Land Rover Discovery Sport returned an exceptional score, putting it in second place. You’d expect no less from the original off-road veterans.

3. Mercedes C Class

Mercedes are often praised for their world-leading technology. Their cars are among the most technologically advanced on the planet. For this reason, they also score very highly in the safety category. Their use of autonomous driving technology ensure the car reacts to crash scenarios faster than you will! The stability control system will apply small amounts of braking to each wheel during evasive driving. It helps the driver maintain the best possible control of the vehicle.

4. Nissan Qashqai

The Qashqai is a sales sensation over at Nissan. Their flagship crossover SUV has quickly become one of the best-selling cars in the country. In 2015, it finds itself in the top five best-sellers. Quite a feat for 4×4. It’s not without reason, of course. The Qashqai is a fantastic all-round car, performing with excellence off-road and around town. Families love the space and – most of all – the safety rating. Nissan do a great job of making their drivers feel protected and secure.

5. Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is often ignored for the flashier BMW 5 Series, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes executive range. However, it proves, yet again, that it deserves its place in the executive family car market. The 2015 Passat returned a brilliant five star rating this year, and it’s well worth a look.

If you’re in the market for a new family car, put safety at the top of your priority list. You certainly can’t go wrong with these five cars. Drive safe!