Our annual ‘Safe Used Car’ award is now in its third year and this year we’ve also looked into the safest used cars available in the UK for new parents.

Find out the winner of our Safe used car for new parents and our overall Safe Used Car 2018 winner and we’ve created a guide for parents looking to buy a car.

Safe used car for new parents

Together with Thatcham Research we’ve selected the winner of the Safe Used Car for new parents based on the following criteria:

  • 5 Star Euro NCAP rating
  • High Euro NCAP child occupant scores – Including front and side protection
  • How easy and safe it is to fit child restraints in the rear seats
  • Second hand versions available for less than £15,000

We’ve named the Mazda CX-5 as our number one used car for new parents

As well as looking stylish, the Mazda CX-5 (2012) also boasts some great safety stats.

The 5 star Euro NCAP rating is something to be proud of, but we also looked at the safety features for a Child Occupancy which the Mazda CX-5 scored points for having ISOFIX as standard in the back seats.

ISOFIX is built into the car and allows you to quickly and safety install a child safety seat.

Below is the Thatcham Research crash test footage for the Mazda CX-5.

The runners up

  1. Volkswagen Touran
  2. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
  3. Nissian Qashqai
  4. ToyotaRAV-4

Safe used car 2018 

Every year we revist our Safe used car 2018 to find the UK’s safest used car suitable for families.

For the last two years the Volvo V40 (with the extra safety pack) has been our winner and we’re pleased to announce that this year is no different.

Co-op Insurance’s Top 10 Safest Used Cars 2018 Compared to Co-op’s 2017 Award
1. Volvo V40 with safety pack Non-mover
2. Honda Civic New entry
3. Hyundia i30 New entry
4. BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Up one place
5. Mazda 3 New entry
6. Volkswagen Golf Up one place
7. Kia Rio New entry
8. Nissan Qashqai Dropped 5 places
9. Nissan Pulsar New entry
10. Vauxhall Astra New entry

Parents’ guide to buying a new car

Together with Thatcham Research and Brake we’ve created a guide that lists things to look out for and questions to ask when choosing family car.