Safest Cars in South Africa for 2015

Volvo V40 Drive

Volvo's strong safety reputation is reinforced once again by the latest EuroNCAP safety results.

Safety remains a top consideration in the minds of car buyers around the world and advancements in safety technology have resulted in massive improvements in the car industry. Just about every modern car on the market is fitted with basic active and passive safety technologies that are designed to prevent accidents. They are also designed to keep you as safe as possible in the event of an accident. It's important to bear in mind that some cars are safer than others and real world accidents can be so severe that no amount of safety technology can guarantee your survival. Best you drive safely, no matter what car you drive!

Just over a year ago we covered the Five Safest Cars in South Africa for 2014. That list is due for an update and there are some new vehicles to consider if you are looking for the safest cars available on the market today. What's interesting about this year's results is the inclusion of larger vehicles, which due to their height and size can be more susceptible to incidents. Last year, the top five safest vehicles were all hatchbacks and this year we welcome a large SUV and a premium MPV to the list. This alone is testament to the fact that even larger vehicles are now becoming safer than ever before, thanks to technology.

To generate this list, we examined Euro NCAP test results for vehicles currently available in South Africa over the period 2012 to 2015. We then worked out the highest average percentage score across adult occupant safety, child occupant safety, pedestrian safety and safety assist tests. All vehicles on this list have a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Take a look at the safest cars in South Africa for 2015...

* Note that vehicles tested by EuroNCAP are not necessarily identical in safety specification to products sold in South Africa.

Safest Cars in SA for 2015

Volvo V40 - 90%

volvo v40

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 98%

Child Occupant Safety - 75%

Pedestrian Safety - 88%

Safety Assist - 100%

The Volvo V40 retains its exemplary safety status as South Africa's safest car for 2015. Not only does it have a strong main structure to protect occupants, but the V40 is also fitted with a total of eight airbags, including a pedestrian airbag. Features such as an automatic braking system, blind spot monitor, lane-keeping assist and park distance control makes the V40 safer to drive on a daily basis too. Other safety features include ABS with EBD, traction control and stability control. If safety is important to you, then the V40 is a safe bet. Pricing for the Volvo V40 starts at R322 900Buy a Volvo V40 here!

Volvo XC90 - 89%

Volvo XC90

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 97%

Child Occupant Safety - 87%

Pedestrian Safety - 72%

Safety Assist - 100%

The Volvo XC90 SUV was recently introduced in South Africa and is the second safest car money can buy. The XC90, like the V40, is packed to the hilt with safety technology and comes fitted with a total of six airbags as well as features such as lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitor and front and rear park distance control. Other standard safety features include ABS with EBD, electronic brake assist, traction control, stability control and hill descent control. Pricing for the Volvo XC90 starts at R804 000Buy a Volvo XC90 here!

Also watch our video review of the Volvo XC90 below!

Renault Clio / Audi A3 - 86%

Renault Clio RS

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 88%

Child Occupant Safety - 89%

Pedestrian Safety - 66%

Safety Assist - 99%

The Renault Clio and Audi A3 share third place on this list. The Renault Clio comes well-specced in the safety department with a total of four airbags and the base Authentique model is equipped with ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, traction control and stability control while the high-spec RS 200 Cup model adds park distance control to the mix. Pricing for the Renault Clio starts at R172 900Buy a Renault Clio here! 

Audi a3

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 95%

Child Occupant Safety - 87%

Pedestrian Safety - 74%

Safety Assist - 86%

The Audi A3 on the other hand offers a total of seven airbags and comes fitted with ABS with EBD, electronic brake assist, traction control and stability control while park distance control is offered as an optional extra. Pricing for the Audi A3 starts at R326 000Buy a Audi A3 here!

Hyundai i30 / Honda Civic / Mercedes-Benz V-Class - 83%

hyundai i30

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 90%

Child Occupant Safety - 90%

Pedestrian Safety - 67%

Safety Assist - 86%

The Hyundai i30 is a popular hatchback in South Africa and is fitted with a total of six airbags as well as ABS with EBD, stability control and rear park distance control. Pricing for the Hyundai i30 starts at R290 900Buy a Hyundai i30 here!

honda civic type r

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 94%

Child Occupant Safety - 83%

Pedestrian Safety - 69%

Safety Assist - 86%

The Honda Civic comes well equipped with a total of six airbags and ABS with EBD, electronic brake assist, traction control and stability control. The 1.8 Executive derivative adds rear park distance control as standard. Pricing for the Honda Civic starts at R297 000Buy a Honda Civic here!

Mercedes-benz V-Class

Test Results

Adult Occupant Safety - 93%

Child Occupant Safety - 87%

Pedestrian Safety - 67%

Safety Assist - 85%

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class MPV was recently launched in South Africa and despite its size, it cuts the grade in terms of safety. The entry level V200 CDI is equipped with six airbags as standard but can be fitted with eight as an option. This model is also equipped with ABS and EBD, electronic brake assist, traction control and stability control. Front and rear park distance control is standard too. Additional safety systems such as lane departure warning and blind spot warning are available as an option but is fitted as standard on the high-spec V250 BlueTec Avantgarde derivative. Additional features such as Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist and Active Parking Assist further add to its safety credentials. Pricing for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class starts at R695 981Buy a Mercedes-Benz V-Class here!

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