Mazda CX-5 tops Co-op’s Safest Used Car for new parents

19 July 2018

  • Top 5 safest used cars for new parents revealed by Co-op Insurance

Co-op Insurance, in partnership with Thatcham Research has today revealed the top 5 safest used cars for new parents, with the Mazda CX-5 topping the list.

The Volkswagen Touran and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer follow in second and third place as UK’s Safest Used Cars for new parents:

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The Safest Used Car Award for new parents, is the UK first in the used car market, and is based on a formula ranking devised by the Co-op and Thatcham Research.

The criteria meant that all cars needed to have a 5 Star Euro NCAP star rating and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted, and 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.

Furthermore, following the ongoing success of the Safest Used Car Awards which was launched three years ago in 2016, today Co-op has also launched the top 10 Safest Used Cars for families for with the Volvo V40 (with safety pack) being crowned as the winner for the third year running. Highly commended in second and third place are the Honda Civic and Hyundai i30.

The award, which was a UK first in the used car market when Co-op launched it in 2016, is based on a formula ranking devised by the Co-op and Thatcham Research.

The criteria meant that all cars needed to have a five-star EURO NCAP rating, have CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less and be available to purchase on the second hand market for £15.000 or less.

The cars were then evaluated further on crash worthiness that included ratings for adult, child and pedestrian protection and the availability of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).


This announcement comes as new research** from Co-op Insurance highlights that the majority of parents (60%) chose to change their car before their child was born with one of their key reasons being to ensure their vehicle had improved safety features (47%).

The ability to fit a car seat and have ISOFIX mountings (44%) was the main safety consideration and catalyst for a vehicle change followed by having a bigger vehicle as they feel safer (40%) and more airbags (27%). When looking in more detail at the safety features or considerations that new parents make, the top five safety features or characteristics they look for are:

  1. Necessary ISOFIX/suitable child seat fittings 44%
  2. Buying a bigger car as they feel safer 40%
  3. Buying a car with more airbags (eg passenger/side airbags) 27%
  4. Choosing a car with AEB 21%
  5. Choosing a car with a higher Euro NCAP rating 17%

Over two fifths (41%) of parents class driving their baby home from hospital as the most stressful driving experience of their lives, ahead of their driving test and the journey to their wedding so safety is high on their agenda.

Nick Ansley, Head of Motor Insurance at Co-op said:

“The 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.

“Parents 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.

“Becoming a ‘parent driver’ shouldn’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.”

Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research commented:

“Our 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.”

Vikki Butler Henderson, motoring expert, said:

“Driving with children in the car is often incredibly nerve wracking, especially on those first few journeys – and as children grow they can be really distracting which is why choosing the safest car possible, within your price range, is so important. Co‐op Insurance’s initiative to help new parents choose the safest car they can is really important and should guide new parents on this new journey.

It’s interesting to see crossovers, SUVs and people-carriers dominate the list of safest used cars for new parents. These are the type of cars that would often fall outside of the typical price range for many new parents when brand-new but often have the flexible seating options, easy access and high driving positions that give parents what they’re looking for”

Co-op Insurance has created a handy guide for parents to use when purchasing a new car.

Thatcham Research recommends new parents choose cars with a Euro NCAP 5 Star rating and have Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted, that they check the Euro NCAP Child Occupant rating and understand what car seats can be fitted safely and securely. All this information can be found at


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Notes to Editors

*Research conducted for Co-op Insurance by Opinion Matters questioning 2,000 drivers with children aged under 12 years old in June 2018.

About Co-op Insurance

Co-op Insurance is a UK-based general insurer that operates principally within the personal lines segments of the motor and home insurance markets.
The Co op Insurance underwrites the majority of business written, supplemented with some small lines of business where The Co op Insurance acts as a distributor or has a 100% reinsurance arrangement in place.

With more than 1.18m customers, The Co op Insurance is committed to ‘Doing the Right Thing’ and always strives to treat customers and members fairly.

The Co op Insurance pioneered the way in lowering the insurance premiums of young drivers as the first major insurer to launch a pay how you drive telematics insurance product for young drivers in 2011. Since launching the scheme, The Co op Insurance has saved its young drivers more than £7.2 million in their first year of driving.