Cars James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market

14:30  12 july  2018
14:30  12 july  2018 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Volvo’s XC90 has been rated the safest car in the UK. It’s not only posh cars that come equipped with life-saving tech. It has also cultivated a civilised, middle-class image that I think helps keep us all safe and sound. Find a used Volvo XC90 for sale on PistonHeads.

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Volvo’s XC90 has been rated the safest car in the UK © Autocar Volvo’s XC90 has been rated the safest car in the UK

We now know, according to the boffins at Thatcham Research, just what the safest car in the UK is.

I was thinking that it could be one of those barn finds we see, so many of which have not turned a wheel in decades. Instead, the title belongs to the Volvo XC90. Apparently, since it was launched in 2002 and after 50,000 have been sold, no driver or passenger has been killed inside one.

Jolly well done to Volvo, which has had a commitment to keeping its customers safer for generations. It has also cultivated a civilised, middle-class image that I think helps keep us all safe and sound.

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We run through the safest cars on the market , listed by category and based on their scores in the Euro NCAP crash tests. See the full list here

Kia Picanto © Newspress Kia Picanto

The secret of the big V’s success in the real world is the early adoption of hazard-detection technology that warns drivers of possible collisions. Maybe artificial intelligence in the form of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), which automatically applies the car’s brakes, is the main explanation, and it can be found on plenty of cars, especially Germans, these days. Perhaps that’s the sort of used motor we should be targeting?

Starting small, a Kia Picanto 1.25 2 from 2016 will have AEB. I found a 2016 example with just over 40,000 miles and a full service history for £7490.

Then there is the Fiat Tipo, which you might remember from the 1980s, except that a less boxy version bounced back into the showrooms recently, which you may not have noticed – perhaps because most cars these days now look like Kias. Anyway, a 1.6 MultiJet has AEB and a 2017 with fewer than 5000 miles is £9450. Actually, there are lots in circulation right now. You would probably be a lot happier with a Ford Focus or a Vauxhall Astra, but a Tipo would at least be different.

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We now know, accordingto the boffins at Thatcham Research, just what the safest car in the UK is. I am sure James Ruppert is a lovely chap but for years now he has been turning out these totally random and unfocussed articles about used cars , from which even I learn very little new.

£9450 for a Tipo 1.6 MultiJet with AEB and fewer than 5k miles © Autocar £9450 for a Tipo 1.6 MultiJet with AEB and fewer than 5k miles

As you might expect, Renault is very active in this safety market and there are lots of 2017 Scenics around, which will keep you out of trouble. For £15,300, you will get a 1.5 dCi Energy with around 6000 miles. Actually, with a Dynamique, you get a whole suite of fatigue alert and pedestrian detection systems.

Posh cars have AEB, so here’s another reason to consider a Jaguar XE. How about the 2.0 i4: a petrol one in Prestige trim with 12,000 miles and all the AEB assistance you will need. A 2016 example is £19,500.

The late, great boss of Bristol Cars, Tony Crook, once told me that no one had ever died behind the wheel of a Bristol. “Mind you, one chap drove off Beachy Head,” he said. “Not sure that counts as an accident.” I’m off out to buy a Beaufighter. Wish me luck.

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LEXUS IS-F: If you want the practicality and Q-car capability of a hot four-door saloon but your budget is limited, don’t overlook the thundering Lexus IS-F. For £20k – or less, if you’re lucky – you’ll have a fire-breathing 5.0-litre V8 that revs to 7000rpm and hits 62mph from rest in just 4.8sec. Oh, and it’ll do plenty of sideways stuff too.

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James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market © Autocar James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market Tales from Ruppert’s garage: 

Volkswagen Golf - Mileage: 36,006:

Say hello to the new arrival, part-financed by the sale of our daughter’s Polo, the contents of her piggy bank and the Bank of Mum and Dad.

We turned up at a dealer who sold us the Polo and there was this Golf, which wasn’t even on their stocklist. The nipper drove it and hats off to the dealer for not having kittens about letting a youngster get behind the wheel. So we bought it.

And why not? It has a full dealer history, is immaculate and, as a 1.4 Bluemotion Tech, will do 53.3mpg to the petrol gallon.

James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market © Autocar James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market A-Z Bangernomics - G is for Golf: 

There was only one truly classless yet classy car in the 1980s: the Volkswagen Golf. It had the broadest appeal: a basic GL was fine for the family unless they wanted to get somewhere in a hurry, then it would have to be the GTI. The VW badge was the guarantee of quality while the Golf meant modernity and practicality.

The brilliant twist was the GTI, a charismatic combination of sports and family car. There are not too many in circulation now, but they are still relatively affordable in dreary Driver trim. Now may be the time to buy.

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All cars listed for safest used cars under ,000 have a perfect score of 10. Overall scores listed are a measure of several components. Now that you can be confident about safety, let’s look at what else makes these cars roll.

James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market © Autocar James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market

Readers’ questions: 

James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market © Autocar James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market Question: I’m very tempted by a Mk3 Toyota MR2 as a bit of summer fun. Is there anything I need to watch out for? Michael Hughes, via email

Answer: Mk3 MR2s are generally pretty reliable little cars but they do have one fatal flaw, which is that the pre-catalytic converter can break down and bits can be ingested into the engine, wrecking it. There’s plenty online about this problem, so do a bit of research on it first.

James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market © Autocar James Ruppert: the safest used cars on the market Question: I’ve always wanted a classic Mini and I’ve just come into a bit of money. Is now a good time to buy one and how much should I pay? Dee Smith, Southampton

Answer: Classic Minis always used to be quite pricey, but they aren’t shooting up in value like some other classics. As long as we’re not talking about a special model like the 1275 GT, £2500 gets you a solid, roadworthy example, £5000 gets you a good one and £8000 or so buys you a cracker.

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