When it comes to the crunch these are the safest family cars on sale

Suzuki Vitara is the safest compact SUV tested by Euro NCAP

Even if you’re as handy behind the wheel as Lewis Hamilton, Britain’s three-time Formula One World Champion, and drive one of the most sophisticated supercars money can buy, accidents can happen. Fortunately for Hamilton, no one else was involved in his slightly embarrassing car crash in Monte Carlo. But it shows that a moment’s loss of concentration could lead to a costly crunch. In such an event, which are the safest family cars in an accident?

Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent, not-for-profit car safety organisation that subjects most new cars to simulated accidents and measures how well they’ll protect passengers and pedestrians.

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Used car buying guide: Best £5k seven-seat car

5k seven-seat car

It might not look like a seven-seater but the Hyundai Santa Fe has that option (Picture © Hyundai)

The £5k seven-seat car. Think you can’t get one? Think again. Seven seaters come in more shapes and sizes than simply van-like MPVs. Here we look at three different hugely flexible family cars that are readily available for £5000 and offer excellent value for money if you need space.

£5k seven-seat car: Hyundai Santa Fe Overview

When Hyundai launched this version of the Santa Fe in 2006 it was an instant improvement on its awkward-looking predecessor. For a start it looked an awful lot better. It also had an option to specify seven seats; the previous model had just five. So when you’re looking for your £5k Santa Fe, make sure it was originally ordered with seven seats.
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Used car buying guide: Best £10,000 SUV

Best £10,000 SUV Discovery is a contender

Land Rover Discovery 3: luxurious, practical and capable. (Picture © Land Rover)

The popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles is such that buyers looking for a £10,000 SUV are spoilt for choice. Although compact SUVs are selling in ever growing numbers, there’s still a healthy choice of larger cars. Here we look at three models that will appeal to buyers looking for very different things in their family hold-alls. Continue reading