Are Superminis Super Safe?

If you spend much of your life out on the open road whether for a work commute, pleasure or family trips, one of your top priorities is vehicle safety. When considering the most appropriate car for your needs, your mind may be immediately drawn to the larger, more rugged looking vehicles. The SUV market has exploded over the past decade to take a leading foothold in the family car market and the executive saloons offered by Lexus and Jaguar have traditionally been relied upon with their solid safety records. But what about the supermini?

The supermini is not so mini anymore, with the likes of the Honda Jazz and the Mazda 2 both falling under this classification. They lack the stereotypical look of the well renowned safe cars but does that mean that they are any less protected? Take a look at this guide to the safest superminis on the market today.

The Supermini Size

Many car enthusiasts find it hard to get to grips with the sheer tardis like nature of the supermini. Inside it is vast, yet on the outside it looks minuscule. When considering the sorts of accidents that occur on the road, the blind spot hazard plays a role in up to 6% of accidents each year. It would seem that a supermini’s small stature would increase the chances of being in a lorry’s blind spot meaning that being hurt by a truck due to a collision would appear all the more likely. However, the safety features of superminis are now so advanced that any accident that you are involved in would result in fewer injuries.

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Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen has made their name on the back of efficient German engineering and reliability. With engines that seem to go on forever, the risk of breaking down in one of these superminis seems minimal. Most importantly, the Polo was awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests meaning that should the worst ever occur, you can feel safe in the knowledge that your car should protect you from the worst sorts of impact. The intelligent braking system that kicks in after a collision aims to limit secondary bumps. If you’re after a supermini to protect your family, you can’t do much better than the Polo.


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Renault Clio

Renault has been producing the ever chic Clio for well over a decade. With its constantly changing facade, the Clio always manages to look sleek and modern and is sure to turn heads. When it comes to safety features, the Clio is packed full of them. If you select the Dynamique model, you’ll receive rear parking sensors as standard and upgrade to the Signature model, and you’ll get the front sensors thrown in along with a parking camera as well. Every Clio, even the entry models come equipped with six airbags, and intuitive anti-whiplash seats should a collision occur.

Purchasing a supermini is the ideal choice if you are looking for an economical motor that will protect the driver and his or her passengers while providing a nippy and fun driving experience.

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