The 10 Safest Family Cars in Australia 2021

06 May 2021

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Safety in cars is very important, especially if you have a young family.

Most cars these days are very safe, as the number and frequency of crashes has fallen as safety technology improves. However, your chances of being in a crash increase the less safe your car is, which is why ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Program) rates Australian cars based on how safe they are.

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Source: Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)

If you’re looking for a safe car for your children, each of the tables below contains the 10 safest cars available based on ANCAP’s Child Occupant Protection rating (COP), which evaluates the level of protection the car offers children seated in a child restraint. This score rates how protective they are for children seated on the side of the car, the front and based on how well the onboard safety features perform.

A car has to get at least 80% of the COP score to get a 5-star ANCAP rating, and we’ve only considered cars that get a 5-star safety rating, as most new cars are expected to be this safe now.

The 10 safest cars for children

Below are the 10 safest cars in Australia when sorted purely by their COP score.

Make and model

 COP rating 

 Driveaway price range 

 Fuel type 

Mercedes-Benz EQC

92%

$141,400 - $147,300

Electric

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

92%

$62,100 - $70,100

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

92%

$48,000 - $48,000

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz GLE

92%

$107,100 - $138,700

Fuel

Mazda 6

91%

$34,590 - $51,390

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

91%

$51,500 - $66,500

Fuel

Ford Transit Custom

90%

$42,190 - $53,490

Fuel

Ford Tourneo Custom

90%

$42,190 - $53,490

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

90%

$117,400 - $130,900

Electric

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

89%

$47,900 - $69,900

Fuel

Data via www.ancap.com.au, accurate as of 2021. Price data via georgie.com.au.

But as you can see, not all of these cars are what you’d consider ‘family’ cars, as the Mercedes models are a bit fancier and tend to be a bit pricier too.

So we’ve broken them down further into the different categories of cars which might be more suited to a family with children, such as SUVs and people movers.

Safest medium SUVs

The medium SUV is a larger car designed to be more versatile than the standard passenger car, and are generally a very safe and reliable option for young families.

Make and model

 COP rating 

Driveaway price

 Fuel type 

Mercedes-Benz EQC

92%

$141,400 - $147,300

Electric

Ford Escape

89%

$35,990 - $52,940

Fuel

Hyundai Nexo

89%

~$85,000

Electric

Toyota RAV4

89%

$31,695 - $50,275

Electric

Mercedes-Benz GLC

89%

$70,300 - $91,100

Fuel

Data via www.ancap.com.au, accurate as of 2021. Price data via georgie.com.au.

Safest large SUVs

Even bigger than medium SUVs, large SUVs tend to be seven or even eight-seaters that also have some strong offroad capabilities. Common at kids' soccer games everywhere, here are some of the safest around.

Make and model

 COP rating 

Driveaway price

 Fuel type 

Mercedes-Benz GLE

92%

$107,100 - $138,700

Fuel

Land Rover Defender

88%

$71,500 - $137,690

Fuel

Audi Q8

88%

$129,600 - $130,200

Fuel

Volkswagen Touareg

88%

$81,490 - $139,990

Fuel

Audi Q7

87%

$103,300 - $121,300

Fuel

Data via www.ancap.com.au, accurate as of 2021. Price data via georgie.com.au.

Safest people movers

Not as flashy as the SUV or a passenger car, the people mover is the type of car you buy for a large family, as they’re capable of carrying at least seven people and are built like a hybrid between a car and a van. It’s a bit harder to drag race in a people mover, so many of them have high safety ratings…

Make and model

 COP rating 

Driveaway price

 Fuel type 

Toyota Granvia

88%

$64,090 - $75,726

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity

87%

$73,290 - $77,420

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz Valente

87%

$65,800 - $65,800

Fuel

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

87%

$83,130 - $97,730

Fuel

Data via www.ancap.com.au, accurate as of 2021. Price data via georgie.com.au.

Safest large cars

ANCAP considers a ‘large’ car to include some of the above SUVs, but also larger and roomier passenger cars too. Larger sedans can sometimes be included in this category.

Make and model

 COP rating 

Driveaway price

 Fuel type 

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

90%

$117,400 - $130,900

Electric

Peugeot 508

87%

$57,490 - $59,490

Fuel

Skoda Superb

86%

$60,390 - $62,090

Fuel

Audi A7

85%

$115,900 - $133,600

Fuel

Audi A6

85%

$84,900 - $116,000

Fuel

Data via www.ancap.com.au, accurate as of 2021. Price data via georgie.com.au.

Safest medium cars

‘Medium cars’ are one of the most popular car types worldwide, and include your typical sedan and four-door type car. These cars can represent a good mix of value, safety, style and comfort.

Make and model

 COP rating 

Driveaway price

 Fuel type 

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

92%

$62,100 - $70,100

Fuel

Mazda 6

91%

$34,590 - $51,390

Fuel

Volvo S60

88%

$55,990 - $64,990

Fuel

Volvo V60

88%

$57,990 - $66,990

Fuel

Skoda Octavia

87%

$24,890 - $49,090

Fuel

Data via www.ancap.com.au, accurate as of 2021. Price data via georgie.com.au.

What makes a car safe?

The safety rating of a car is based on its structural integrity (how well it protects people inside), the passive safety features it has (like airbags, anti-lock braking systems (ABS), strong seatbelts etc,) and the safety assist technologies, like blind-spot monitoring, reversing cameras and more.

A safe car can be the difference between life and death in serious crashes.

Can you save money with a safer car?

You can’t put a price on your family’s safety, but you can save some money while also making them safer.

Safer cars are generally easier to maintain and break down less often, and can also save you money on insurance premiums in the event of a crash. They’re also not that expensive at all, as you can see quite a few in the tables above with driveaway prices in the $20,000 - $30,000 region. Some new five-star cars on ANCAP are priced as low as $13,000 driveaway.

How to buy a safe car for your family

If you want to buy a car with a high safety rating, then come to carloans.com.au and compare competitive car loan interest rates from nearly 30 different lenders. These low rates can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars compared to the average car loan, and you can apply quickly without the hassle and stress of going to a bank.

Talk to a friendly carloans.com.au lending specialist today to find out how you can finance a safe, family-friendly car.

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