When choosing a car, you should pay attention not only to its power and transmission type but also to its safety system. About one million people die in car crashes each year – what does this fact say about the reliability of modern autos? Due to the crash tests held by European committee Euro NCAP and American institute IIHS, the safest cars in the world have been determined. Only these car models provide maximal protection for the driver and passengers on the road.
10. Volvo – S60, S80, and XC60
These three Volvo models share the 10th place. Volvo car brand is well-known around the world for its safety. The results of crash-test for all three models are 98 points from the total of 100 in the safety of passengers and driver. The car brand has been awarded a five-star rank by the European organization Euro NCAP and got rating Top Safety Pick “+” from the road safety institution IIHS.
9. Acura MDX
The Japanese car brand Acura MDX got the ninth place in the top 10 safest cars in the world. The premium class crossover managed to get the highest appraisals from the American road safety institution IIHS and has become a holder of Top Safety Pick “+” rating. The “smart” model has a collision prevention system, warns the driver about possible frontal crashes, and also assists in dynamic entry into turns. Considering passive safety features in this vehicle, Acura has a number of frontal and side safety cushions and there is also a safety cushion that protects the driver’s knees.
8. Mazda 3
The Japanese hatchback Mazda 3 occupies the eighth place on our world’s safest cars list. This model passed crash-tests of the European committee Euro NCAP and American organization IIHS. According to the results of the tests, the auto has been awarded a five-star rating and Top Safety Pick “+”. Mazda got high scores for its safety system, having successfully endured both frontal and side strikes. The car has an established emergency brake application alarm system that notifies other drivers on the road. Another system – Smart City Brake Support – maintains the distance between other cars on the road, letting the driver avoid a collision if they got distracted. The “smart control” is able to apply the brakes by itself and stop the vehicle at low speed. Besides, this car model is manned with the “blind spot” system that allows watching the space behind. Because of the tough windshield poles, Mazda couldn’t get high ranks in pedestrians safety.
7. Chevrolet Spark
The American brand Chevrolet Spark has settled down on the 7th place among the safest cars in the world. The automobile has been tested by the IIHS organization and got the rating Top Safety Pick with a “+” sign. During a crash-test, the model demonstrated a collision with a tree and a road pillar at the speed of 64km/h. The special construction of car seats revealed its importance during a crash-test: at the moment of the collision, all the mannequin passengers remained in place due to reliable fixation in the seats. The safety cushions also worked properly. The only disadvantage of Chevrolet Spark is the lack of reliability of the car body during the collision.
6. Renault Zoe
A compact car model Renault Zoe has been awarded the title of one of the safest cars in the world in 2013. It’s acquired maximum safety points out of all the cars in its class: 89 out of 100 points in driver and passenger safety, 80% in child safety, and 66 points in pedestrian safety. Nevertheless, the automobile showed weak protection against frontal and side collision with a road pillar.
5. Maserati Ghibli
A premium-class sedan Maserati Ghibli is one of the safest cars in the world. The automobile has been honored with high scores in both driver and passenger safety and the safety of pedestrians. The car managed to get top scores not only from the European organization NCAP but also from the American expert IIHS, being awarded Top Safety Pick “+” rank.
4. Jeep Cherokee
Among the safest cars in the world, Jeep Cherokee occupies the 4th place. The car is manned with cruise control system which lets the driver focus on the radar and video cameras, helps to maintain the necessary distance on the road, and is able to completely stop the vehicle if the need arises. The model is also equipped with the system Lane Departure Warning-Plus which alerts the driver about crossing road marking, providing additional security on the road.
3. Kia Carens
Korean car brand Kia Carens is the third safest car on our list. The automobile managed to score 94 points out of 100 in driver and passenger safety. This car got a five-star rating from Euro NCAP and was recognized as the safest in its class. However, the model managed to score only 64 points for pedestrian safety.
2. Lexus IS 300h
And the car model Lexus IS 300h gets the silver medal for the second place in the world’s safest cars top. The car managed to get 91 points out of 100 in adult passenger safety and 85 points in child passenger safety. Lexus was awarded a good assessment in pedestrian safety in the bumper area. The model has an “Active Hood” that reacts to the collision with the help of sensors and is automatically opened, providing additional pedestrian safety. The car passed the Euro NCAP test and got 66 points in electronic systems reliability which meets the requirements of this European organization.
1. Qoros 3 Sedan Qoros
3 Sedan leads the rating of the world’s safest cars. According to the evaluation of Euro NCAP, this auto scored the highest number of points in reliability. The salon of this car model is very resistant to frontal collisions. Due to the heavy-duty construction, the car guarantees complete passenger safety in a crash. During side collisions, the protection of head, chest and pelvic areas is ensured. The model managed to get 87 points out of 100 in child safety and 77 – in pedestrian safety.