Insurance and safety experts have released a list of the safest used cars for new parents.
Working with crash safety specialists Thatcham Research, Co-op Insurance created a new award, highlighting the safest used car for young families, with the Mazda CX-5 SUV crowned the market leader.
Behind it in the rankings were two people carriers – the Volkswagen Touran and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.
The rankings for the award were based on a formula devised by the Co-op and Thatcham Research.
5 safest used cars for new parents
1. Mazda CX-5
2. Volkswagen Touran
3. BMW 2 series Active Tourer
4. Nissan Qashqai
5. Toyota RAV4
The criteria meant that all cars needed to have a five-star Euro NCAP rating and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) fitted. A specific focus was made on the Euro NCAP child occupant scores that included front and side protection and how easy and safe it is to fit child restraints in the rear seats.
The award was accompanied by new research which found that 60 per cent of parents chose to change their car before their child was born, with improved safety features among the most important motivations.
Nick Ansley, head of motor insurance at Co-op said: â€œThe safety of a vehicle is clearly important to new parents who, despite the amount of information given to them on a plethora of things related to babies, are often left wondering when it comes to what car to buy and drive.
â€œParents clearly want to be better informed when it comes to the safety of the vehicles they are buying and driving, especially when they have precious cargo in tow.
â€œBecoming a â€˜parent driverâ€™ shouldnâ€™t be the guessing game that it all too often is which is why we have worked with Thatcham Research to come up with a definitive list of vehicles for new parents which may suit their safety needs.â€
The Co-op has also produced a new parents’ guide to choosing a car.
The research also found that 41 per cent of parents classed driving their baby home from hospital as the most stressful driving experience of their lives.
Motoring expert Vikki Butler Henderson, commented: â€œDriving with children in the car is often incredibly nerve wracking, especially on those first few journeys. As children grow they can be really distracting, which is why choosing the safest car possible, within your price range, is so important. Coâ€op Insuranceâ€™s initiative to help new parents choose the safest car they can is really important and should guide new parents on this new journey.â€
Matthew Avery, director of research, Thatcham Research added: â€œOur advice to potential car buyers is do your research, identify what is important to you and what safety features you want. And what is non-negotiable such as whether your child car seats fit, and can be safely secured. If not, then walk away. Child safety is too important to compromise.â€