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As a parent, our children's safety is at the forefront of our minds and even more so than when buying our new family car. 

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With news that the new Mercedes-Benz GLE has been given ANCAP's highest Child Occupancy Protection (COP) rating to date with a score of 92%, I have put together this helpful list of the top ten safest family cars for kids that have performed best in the new ANCAP crash testing that includes child dummies.

1- Mercedes-Benz GLE – Scores 92% for Child Occupant Protection

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is a five-seater SUV with the option of adding two more seats to make a third row (it is worth noting this third-row is not tested in ANCAP COP crash testing). BabyDrive hasn't tested one yet but hopefully, it is COMING SOON!

It has seven airbags as standard and pretensioner seatbelts in the first and second-row outer seats as well as in the optional third-row seats too (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats).

The Mercedes-Benz GLE scored 92% for child occupant protection, 45.2 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 15.24 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The GLE also got full marks for child restraint installation and 10 out of 13 for on-board safety features. For now, this makes it the safest family car for kids on sale in Australia.

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ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, readings of neck tension in the 10 year dummy indicated MARGINAL protection. Otherwise, protection of both the 6 year and 10 year child dummies was GOOD.

In the side impact test, protection was GOOD for both child dummies and maximum points were scored.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorageson the second row outboard seats and top tether anchorages for all second row seating positions. Top tethers are not available in the optional third row. Installation of child restraints in the third row is therefore not recommended.

Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that all of the selected child restraints could be accommodated in each of the second row seating positions and full points were scored for this assessment.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Mercedes-Benz GLE:

We also have to take the safety of the front passengers into account too when choosing our new family car and the Mercedes-Benz GLE did pretty well, with a score of  34.9 out of 38 or 91% for Adult Occupant Protection with 7.71 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.32 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test, 6.93 out of 8 for the pole test and full marks for the side impact test.

2- Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Scores 91% for Child Occupant Protection

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a small five-seater hatchback. It has seven airbags as standard and pretensioner seatbelts in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children move out of fully harnessed child seats). BabyDrive hasn't tested the A-Class yet but hopefully, it is COMING SOON!

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class scored 91% for child occupant protection, 45 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 15.98 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The A-Class also got full marks for child restraint installation and 9 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, protection of the neck of the 6 year old dummy was ADEQUATE, while the protection offered to all other critical body regions was GOOD. Protection of both child dummies in the side impact test was GOOD with maximum points scored.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages for the rear outboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seating positions.

Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that all of the selected child restraints could be accommodated in each of the rear seating positions and full points were scored for this assessment.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class:

Take the safety of the front passengers into account too when choosing our new family car and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class did very well, scoring 36.5 out of 38 or 96% for Adult Occupant Protection with 7.81 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.11 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test, 7.88 out of 8 for the pole test and full marks for the side impact test.

3- Mazda 6 Sedan and Wagon – Scores 91% for Child Occupant Protection

The Mazda6 is available as a five-seater sedan and wagon, it has seven airbags as standard and pretensioner seatbelts in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats).

The Mazda6 scored 91% for child occupant protection, 44.8 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored full points for the frontal offset crash and the side impact test. The Mazda6 got 11.81 out of 12 for child restraint installation and 9 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

Protection was GOOD for all critical body areas for the 6 year and 10 year dummies in both the frontal offset and side impact tests.

The Mazda 6 is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages for the rearoutboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seats.

Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that most child restraints could be accommodated in rear seating positions, though one of the selected booster seats could not be correctly installed in the centre rear seating position.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Mazda6.

The front passengers' safety is important too when choosing our new family car and the Mazda6 did very well, scoring 36.14 out of 38 or 95% for Adult Occupant Protection with 6.82 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.49 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test, full marks for the side impact test and for the pole test.

4- Range Rover Evoque – Scores 89% for Child Occupant Protection

The Range Rover Evoque is a five-seater SUV, it has six airbags as standard and pretensioner seatbelts in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats). BabyDrive has not reviewed the new Evoque yet but it will be COMING SOON!

The Range Rover Evoque scored 89% for child occupant protection, 43.7 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 15.74 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The Evoque got full points for child restraint installation and 8 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, protection of the neck of the 10 year dummy was ADEQUATE, while the protection offered to all other critical body regions of both the 6 and 10 year dummies was GOOD.

Protection of both child dummies in the side impact test was GOOD with maximum points scored.

The Range Rover Evoque is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorageson the rear outboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seating positions.

Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that all of the selected child restraints could be accommodated in each of the rear seating positions and full points were scored for this assessment.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Evoque.

Front passenger safety is important too when choosing our new family car and the Range Rover Evoque did well here, scoring 36 out of 38 or 94% for Adult Occupant Protection. 7.39 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test with 7.41 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test, full marks for the side impact test and 7.62 out of 8 for the pole test.

5- Toyota RAV4 – Scores 89% for Child Occupant Protection

The Toyota RAV4 is a five-seater SUV, it has seven airbags as standard and pretensioner seatbelts in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats).

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 scored 89% for child occupant protection with 43.9 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 15.85 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The RAV4 got full points for child restraint installation and 8 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, dummy readings indicated GOOD protection for all critical body areas of both child dummies, apart from the neck of the 10 year dummy where protection was rated as ADEQUATE.

In the side impact test, protection of both dummies was GOOD and the vehicle scored maximum points.

The Toyota RAV4 is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages on therear outboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seating positions. Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that all of the selected child restraints could be accommodated in each of the rear seating positions and full points were scored for this assessment.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Toyota RAV4.

Safety for front passengers is also very important when choosing your new family car and the Toyota RAV4 did well here with a score of 35.7 out of 38 or 93% for Adult Occupant Protection, made up of  7.54 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.44 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test, 7.50 out of 8 for the side impact test and 7.50 out of 8 for the pole test.

See BabyDrive's full review of the Toyota RAV4 here.

Check out BabyDrive's top three family-friendly features of the Toyota RAV4 here.

6- Lexus UX – Scores 88% for Child Occupant Protection

The Lexus UX is a five-seater SUV, it has seven airbags as standard and pretensioner seatbelts in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats).

The Lexus UX scored 88% for child occupant protection, 43.1 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 15.13 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The Lexus UX got full points for child restraint installation and 8 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, protection of the neck of both the 10 year and 6 year dummies was ADEQUATE, while the protection offered to all other critical body regions was GOOD.

Protection of both child dummies in the side impact test was GOOD with maximum points scored.

The Lexus UX is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages on the rearoutboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seating positions. Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that all of the selected child restraints could be accommodated in each of the rear seating positions and full points were scored for this assessment.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Lexus UX.

The safety of front passengers is very important too when choosing your new family car and the Lexus UX did very well in this regard, scoring 36.7 out of 38 or 96% for Adult Occupant Protection with 7.68 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.17 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test and full points for the side impact test and for the pole test.

7- Volkswagen Touareg – Scores 88% for Child Occupant Protection

The VW Touareg is a five-seater large SUV; it has seven airbags (dual frontal airbags, side chest-protecting airbags for both the first and second-row outboard seating positions, and side head-protecting airbags). Pretensioner seatbelts are in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats). BabyDrive has not reviewed the Touareg yet but it will be COMING SOON!

The VW Touareg scored 88% for child occupant protection, 43.4 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 15.37 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The VW Toureg got full points for child restraint installation and 8 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, dummy readings indicated GOOD protection for all critical body areas of both child dummies, apart from the neck of the 10 year dummy where protection was rated as ADEQUATE.

In the side impact test, protection of both dummies was GOOD and the Touareg scored maximum points.

The Touareg is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages on the rearoutboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seating positions. Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that all of the selected child restraints could be accommodated in all rear seating positions and full points were scored for this assessment.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the VW Touareg.

The safety of your front passengers is also very important when choosing a new family car and the VW Toureg did quite well for this with its score 34 out of 38 or 89% for Adult Occupant Protection, with 7.03 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 6.72 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test and full points for the side impact test and 6.93 out of 8 for the pole test.

8- Volvo XC60 – Scores 87% for Child Occupant Protection

The Volvo XC60 is a five-seater SUV with seven airbags as standard. Pretensioner seatbelts are in the first and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats). BabyDrive has not reviewed the Volvo XC60 yet but it will be COMING SOON!

The Volvo XC60 scored 87% for child occupant protection, 42.9 out of 49 points. It was tested in Europe by EURO-NCAP in 2017, before ANCAP started testing Child Occupant Protection here in Australia but this rating is transferable.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

Crash Test Performance

6 year old child: 11.95 points

10 year old child: 11.91 points

In the frontal offset test, protection of the neck of the 10 year old and chest of the 6 year old was acceptable. Good protection was offered to all other critical body regions. In the side impact test, protection was good for all critical body regions.

Child Safety Features & Child Seat Installation

Safety features: 7.00 points

Installation check: 12.00 points

The safety of the front passengers is equally as important when choosing a new family car and the Volvo XC60 did exceptionally well for this, scoring 37.3 out of 38 or 98% for Adult Occupant Protection with 7.58 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.82 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test and full points for the side impact test and for the pole test.

9- Volvo XC90 – Scores 87% for Child Occupant Protection

The Volvo XC90 is a seven-seater family SUV; it has seven airbags as standard, including side head and chest curtain airbags that extend to the third-row seats. Pretensioner seatbelts are in ALL seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats). BabyDrive has not reviewed the Volvo XC90 yet but it will be COMING SOON!

The Volvo XC90 scored 87% for child occupant protection, 43 out of 49 points. It was tested in Europe by EURO-NCAP in 2015, before ANCAP started testing Child Occupant Protection here in Australia but this rating is transferable.

Child Occupant Protection – 43 out of 49 or 87%

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

Crash Test Performance

18 month old child: 12.00 points

3 year old child: 12.00 points

Child Safety Features

Safety features: 7 points

Installation check: 12.00 points

The safety of front passengers is equally as important when choosing your family car and the Volvo XC90 did very well with its score of 37 out of 38 or 97% for Adult Occupant Protection, made up of 7.76 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 7.81 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test and full points for the side impact test and 7.60 out of 8 for the pole test.

10- Mazda CX-8 – Scores 87% for Child Occupant Protection

The Mazda CX-8 is a seven-seater SUV. It has six airbags, including side head-protecting airbags for both all three rows of outboard seating positions. Pretensioner seatbelts are in the front and second-row outer seats (these are beneficial once your children are out of fully harnessed child seats).

The Mazda CX-8 scored 87% for child occupant protection, 42.7 out of 49 points. In the crash tests, it scored 14 out of 16 for the frontal offset crash and full points for the side impact test. The Mazda CX-8 got 11.66 out of 12 for child restraint installation and 9 out of 13 for on-board safety features.

ANCAP wrote of the testing:

In the frontal offset test, protection of the 10 year dummy was GOOD with the exception of the neck which provided a POOR level of protection. For the 6 year dummy, protection was GOOD.

In the side impact test, protection of both child dummies was GOOD.

The Mazda CX-8 is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages on the2nd row outboard seats and top tether anchorages on all seats in both the 2nd and 3rd rows. Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed that most child restraints could be accommodated in most rear seating positions.

This ANCAP child restraint fitting chart shows which types of child seat were able to be safely installed in the second-row seats of the Mazda CX-8.

The safety of front passengers is equally as important when choosing your family car and the Mazda CX-8 did exceptionally well, scoring 36.7 out of 38 or 96% for Adult Occupant Protection with 7.93 out of 8 for the full-width frontal crash test, 6.93 out of 8 for the frontal offset crash test and full points for the side impact test and the pole test.

See the Mazda CX-8 full review here.

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