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VIDEO: Top 10 safest used cars

By Sun Motors Published

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The Volvo V40 has won the ‘Co-op Safe Used Car 2016’ award. The inaugural Co-op Insurance award celebrates the safest used cars typically bought by families in the UK.

Working in collaboration with safety experts Thatcham Research, Co-op Insurance awarded the trophy to the Volvo V40 with Driver Support Pack, which beat strong competition from the Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Qashqai to claim the title.

In order to be in the running for the award – which is the first to recognise safety in the UK used car market – all the cars had to have a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, CO2 emissions of 120 g/km or lower and be available to buy on the second-hand market for £15,000 or less.

The cars were then evaluated further on their crash worthiness, which included ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection, and the availability of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

And the winners are:

  • 10 Fiat 500L
  • 9 Mazda CX5
  • 8 Honda Civic
  • 7 Mercedes A-Class
  • 6 Mazda 4
  • 5 Vauxhall Astra
  • 4 Peugeot 308
  • 3 Nissan Qashqai
  • 2 Volkswagen Golf
  • 1 Volvo V40

 

But how does this break down regionally?

 

Scotland

When buying a car 72% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

66% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

79% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

23% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

North East

When buying a car 73% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

70% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

81% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

21% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

North West

When buying a car 63% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

66% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

80% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

23% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

Yorkshire & Humberside

When buying a car 70% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

64% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

79% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

16% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

West Midlands

When buying a car 72% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

67% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

69% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

19% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

Wales

When buying a car 71% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

60% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

86% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

28% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

East

When buying a car 76% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

76% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

71% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

19% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

London

When buying a car 76% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

66% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

74% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

30% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

South East

When buying a car 68% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

70% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

82% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

22% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

South West

When buying a car 76% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

73% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

70% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

22% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

 

East Midlands

When buying a car 63% did not rank safety as one of their top 5 most important factors

68% do not know the safety rating of our own cars

79% think safety ratings need to be highlighted more when buying a car

21% do not think used cars can ever be safer than new cars

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