What are the things you should consider when buying a car? Perhaps the colour? Or how good it looks when parked on your driveway? How fast it goes? Some of these are slightly important, and others not so much as one key consideration should always be how well a car will hold up in the event of an accident.

This is where Euro NCAP ratings come in. This independent body tests a majority of new models to destruction just for consumers peace of mind. Every year this testing criteria gets stricter meaning a five-star car from the early 2000s would likely get torn apart (literally and physically) in the ratings if it were tested in 2019.

As modern cars are made safer every year with new technology such as the ability to automatically brake and even attempt to avoid a hazard like another car, a sudden halt in traffic or even a pedestrian or cyclist – seeing any such danger before the driver does. Modern cars are also built tougher as well with multiple crumple zones and impact protection all with one purpose in mind; to ensure the soft breakable humans inside emerge from an accident as unscathed as possible.

Here, we run through some of the safest cars you can buy that offer Fort Knox level protection, and others that are a danger to your health.