The safest cars you can drive in 2022

The Volkswagen ID4

Safety should be a priority for everyone on the road. But for families and younger less experienced drivers, in particular, buying a safe car can give you real peace of mind. With safety technology improving year-on-year, now could be the perfect time to search for a safe car. Below, we explore the safest cars you can drive in 2022.


First of all, it’s important to know what makes a safe car. For Euro NCAP – the organisation that crash-tests new cars – there’s a star rating to illustrate each vehicle’s safety. This can measure adult protection, child protection, vulnerable road-user protection and safety assist systems. This model helps inform the choices below.

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback was a strong performer across all NCAP categories. It’s a versatile, mid-sized vehicle that comes at a lower cost than many rivals on this list. Subaru is also famous for producing reliable, resilient vehicles that are unlikely to let you down regardless of the terrain or weather conditions which increases its safety further.

Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback

Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is a premium electric vehicle that also performed well in NCAP tests. Although this vehicle will set you back around £50,000 it will offer you a safe ride. On top of this, the sleek Polestar 2 will allow you to save money on fuel, all while looking stylish.

Genesis G80

If you’re looking for a classy saloon that combines prestige with safety, then the Genesis G80 could be for you. This saloon looks the part and comes with all sorts of high-quality technology to create a true luxury car.

Volkswagen ID4

The Volkswagen ID4 continues the trend of electric vehicles on this list. Again, this car performed well across all Euro NCAP tests ensuring that you can trust it out on the roads. Plus, it comes Volkswagen’s latest high-tech safety systems creating an SUV that you can feel safe in wherever you go.

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq iV makes for one of the safest SUVs on the market. Its only blind spot is its vulnerable road user rating where it only performs averagely. Nevertheless, this is a spacious and affordable SUV that ticks many boxes.

Once you’ve identified the car you’d like to buy, the main question that remains is whether to buy it new or used. If you do opt for a new car, just ask yourself: is gap insurance worth it? By bridging the gap between the price you spent on the car and insurer’s pay-out if the car is written off, gap insurance can give you the peace of mind to confidently enjoy your new vehicle.