Guardians on Wheels. Safe Cars for Young Families

By Emma Williams
Guardians on Wheels. Safe Cars for Young Families

Guardians on Wheels – Safe Cars for Young Families

Looking to lease a safe car for your young family – read on. Below are 10 safe and reliable family cars based on the latest safety technology, crash test ratings and family friendly features.

Euro NCAP stands for the European New Car Assessment Programme. This gives you a good idea of the safest cars which have been put through rigorous tests that represent real-life accident based scenarios. The higher the score the safer the car is.

Volvo XC40

It’s not surprising that there is a Volvo featuring in our list given its reputation for being one of the safest car manufacturers. The Volvo XC40 is a popular SUV and right up there as a family car built with safety in mind. Passenger safety is a top priority in its design and production process.

Launched in 2018, tested shortly after and it scored an impressive 97% for adult protection and 87% for child protection and also maintained high scores for pedestrian and safety assist protection.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The Merc GLC is a premium family SUV and one of the safest. It scores 90% with Euro NCAP for protecting children. Overall it was awarded the full five-stars for safety. As well as scoring high on safety it’s very practical for a busy family. It has a spacious interior including a 629L boot and it has an impressive infotainment screen keeping those kids connected and entertained on the go making your road trips fun – not stressful! If you’re looking for a Mercedes to lease for your family then this is the right place to start.


This BMW X1 is both spacious and practical with plenty of storage options. It too boasts a full five-star Euro NCAP score (89% child protection) and this car is packed full of driver aids including a reversing camera, parking sensors and automatic emergency braking as standard.

The Driving Assistant Professional package adds lane-keeping assist, road-sign detection, blind-spot assist and a rear cross-traffic alert system keeping you and your loved ones safer on the roads.


Fully electric with a range of between 259 and 340 miles the Cupra Born based on the Volkswagen ID3. It boasts lots of internal storage and a 385L boot perfect for buggies and shopping. Again, it scores a full five-star Euro NCAP score and is equipped with plenty of safety tech, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue monitor and traffic sign recognition. This car is an excellent EV choice.

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is a family car which has been around for a while. It is still a very popular choice due to its dependability, affordability and fuel efficiency. It’s well equipped with safety equipment: 11 airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic- sign recognition and blind-spot monitoring.

As well as its safety it’s hugely practical for a small family. Plenty of room for six carry-on cases in the boot, enough room for four adults and it offers a crisp and clear infotainment system.

Tesla Model Y

A fully electric best-seller, it’s a roomy SUV which is an excellent choice for your growing family. Awarded the full five stars from Euro NCAP and offers as standard, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring as well as extra luxuries like adaptive cruise control.

For security too the Model Y has Sentry Mode which can record when the car is approached after it’s locked so if someone tries to break in, or drives into your Tesla when it’s parked the cameras record it all.

This car is both luxurious and rated high on safety.

Volkswagen Golf

This car is still one of the best family hatchbacks on the market. Packed with the latest technologies and its impressive practicality and excellent driving dynamics. It scores 87% for child safety and an overall top five-star Euro NCAP score.

Safety feature wise the VW Golf offers automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, driver fatigue monitor and traffic sign recognition. It boasts plenty of room in the boot for the weekly shop or a buggy and room in the cabin for a small family and all their bits and pieces. It’s also excellent value for money.

Kia Sportage

As a family SUV the Kia Sportage stands out from the crowd with its dynamic styling and well-equipped trims. Smart and spacious with a generous amount of storage, it’s a very practical car for your next family lease. The boot is a generous 591L holding plenty of luggage for your next family holiday. It scores a five-star Euro NCAP rating with good scores for both child an adult safety and its market-leading seven-year warranty provides extra peace of mind.

Volkswagen Taigo

Another compact SUV – the VW Taigo is impressively practical. Spacious, with room for two adults and three children and the 440L boot is more than large enough for the weekly shop or six carry-on cases if you’re off on your hols!

It scores the full five stars Euro NCAP rating when it comes to keeping your family safe and comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-change side assist, hill-start assist and a driver fatigue alert system. It’s definitely an affordable SUV lease choice.

Skoda Octavia

How about looking at the estate as an alternative to the popular SUV model. The Skoda Octavia is cheaper to buy and run, more economical and just as practical. The interior is spacious, large enough for five adults with the added benefit of a generous sized boot. It can fit nine carry-on suitcases, just slightly smaller than the cavernous Skoda Superb. Again, it boasts the full five-star safety score and offers lots of on-board safety tech including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and an e-Call system that notifies the emergency services if you’re involved in a collision.

SEAT Ibiza

The Seat Ibiza is compact and mighty with six well-equipped trim levels and three petrol engines to choose from. It’s a sporty hatchback that scores very highly on the safety front too. All versions come with six airbags, tyre-pressure monitoring, a tiredness recognition system and automatic emergency braking. It’s also surprisingly practical with one of the biggest boots in its class and a considerable amount of head and leg room in the rear. An excellent choice for your next small car lease.