Safe Used Car
The majority of cars are a lot safer today compared to, let’s say ten years ago. Yet some cars have higher safety ratings compared to others. Since we all know the used car market involves some level of risk, people tend to purchase cars that show more “promise” in the safety department. The experts from Cars.uk have composed a list of some of the safest and most affordable cars on the market. Euro NCAP is the current leader of all independent crash test agencies in Europe. They are considered the backbone of this evaluation providing pertinent and accurate data about each of the cars on the list.
One of the high rollers in the safety department is the Citroen C4. Its launch came as a blessing, replacing the dull Xsara. It comes in two body styles: sedan and coupe. You can choose between two petrol based engines and other two diesel engines. It has integrated top of the line standard equipment and crash test scores “dangerously” close to the Citroen flagship the C6 model. With a price starting a bit less than 3000 pounds this is one of the most appreciated used cars on the market.
The elegant 2005 Seat Leon comes with a set of body lines and a low gravity center definitely steals the spotlight, and considered the best looking car on the list. Its design is based on the German Golf MkV and has about the same characteristics. It is powered by a solid range of engines both diesel and petrol, not to mention that is handles beautifully and not only it looks sporty, but acts sporty as well making the drive simply fun. It may have 4 out of 5 stars in the NCAP crash test but it has a lot of features to compensate such as pedestrian protection. Six mounted airbags, pretensioners for the seatbelts and other safety features make sure that the passengers remain safe.
Another great candidate on the safe list is Leon’s brother: Seat Altea. The Altea brings a lot of space form what is seemingly a small car. Its VW heritage can be seen in the high quality materials and the car’s sturdiness. Not to mention that it starts from 4500 pounds making it affordable for just about anyone. The 1.9 liter diesel engine is the common favorite. This was the first Seat model to ever receive full marks on the NCAP tests for both child safety and adult occupation. Load limiters, traction control ABS and 6 airbags are only a few of the numerous safety features integrated in this little jewel.
If you were wondering where the market leader in safety is, well here it is: the 2006 Honda Civic. It holds a peculiar style that makes you love it and hate it in the same time. It is considered hands down, the most unconventional looking Honda since their first model. Not only the exterior but the interior looks just about the same. Filled with gadgets and innovations that will either make you love it on the spot or hate it. If you want to get one then head for the 1.8 liter petrol engine or the 2.2 diesel one. They are completely worth it. Surprisingly, it didn’t manage to get full marks from NCAP, still 4 out of 5 for both child and adult safety isn’t exactly bad. Not to mention that is packed to the teeth with dual stage airbags, traction control, ABS and stability control that comes with the special break force distribution system and brake assist system.
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