Are you sure you're driving a car that offers you the best safety for you and your family? The European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) are authorities when it comes to determining what cars offer the best protection. Individually, the two employ several tests to determine how safe a car is when it comes to everyday real life usage and accidents, with their own rating systems to inform would be buyers on how well a car will protect them. With both organisations recently releasing their annual safety awards and rankings, we take a look at cars that have been given the highest marks by these two agencies to let you know which cars are the safest cars available for purchase in Malaysia.

BMW 5 Series

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) only awarded 15 cars with their "Top Safety Pick+" this year, with the 2018 BMW 5 Series taking top marks in the large luxury car segment.

The car received a "good" markings for all of the organisation's crashworthiness testings in segments such as roof strength, head restraints and for the strength of its sides, to name a few.

Those worried about the environment can also take comfort knowing that the automotive company just released a hybrid version in the Malaysian market.

Head over to IIHS' report on the 5 Series or BMW for more information.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 

Also a "Top Safety Pick+", the rival of the 5 Series also gets high honours for being a such a safe car in the large luxury car segment, passing with flying colours.

One area the E-Class has an advantage over the BMW in IIHS' safety report is the ease of use for child seat anchors.

With onboard driver assistance features to help make you a safer driver while offering its passengers superior protection, it's easy to see why this sleek sedan received top ratings.

Read the IIHS' report or visit Mercedes-Benz to learn more about the car.

Subaru WRX

One of the world's most well known rally cars also doubles as a "Top Safety Pick+" small car by the IIHS, making improvements in safety features over previous models to push it to the top of the safety awards.

As expected, the car received a "good" rating in every rating under crashworthiness, crash avoidance and mitigation, with the only thing tarnishing its perfect score being the "acceptable" rating for its child seat anchors.

Read the IIHS' full breakdown for yourself or visit Subaru's website to see how you can book a test drive.

Toyota Camry

One of the most recognisable sedans in the Toyota lineup gets a perfect score for every crashworthiness, crash avoidance and mitigation in the midsize car segment, resulting in a "Top Safety Pick+" by the IIHS.

There's even a hybrid version, with the option to have a host of safety features in luxury variants such as a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alerts and additional airbags.

See the full report for yourself or visit Toyota for more information.

Mercedes-Benz GLC

The only car in the midsize luxury SUV segment to receive a "Top Safety Pick+" by the IIHS, this handsome ride got a great score across the board.

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While it received a prefect "good" score in crashworthiness, it did not receive full marks for its front crash prevention rating and its child seat anchors.

Read the IIHS' report of the GLC for yourself of visit the manufacturer's website to see what they have to say.

Lexus NX

Recently refreshed and making its debut last month, the NX gets the "Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS in the midsize luxury SUV segment.

While the "Top Safety Pick" category is a small step down from "Top Safety Pick+", these cars are still incredibly safe in their own right.

The car received flying colours in every segment tested by the agency, but its null rating for the passenger-side when it came to crashworthiness prevented it from getting a "+" recommendation.

The car however, is still a fine choice, especially for small sized families. Read the full report or visit Lexus' website to find out more.

Lexus RX

The bigger brother to the NX, the RX has the ability to seat 7 individuals and receives the same "Top Safety Pick" by the IIHS. 

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The RX also shares the same ratings in crashworthiness with the NX, in that the passenger-side rating is null. The car comes in six versions, with a hyrbid model to boot.

Read the IIHS' report of the car or visit Lexus' website to find out more.

Check out the IIHS' full listing for a more comprehensive view of your current car or the car you aim mo buy.

Volvo XC60

Moving on to the safety ratings given by the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for 2017 models, the Volvo XC60 takes home the number one ranking when it comes to safety, getting a full 5 out of 5 stars rating.

The large off-roader gets a whopping safety rating of 98% for adult occupants, 87% for children, 76% for pedestrians and an admirable 95% when it comes to on board safety assist functions.

Incredibly safe without sacrificing luxury, this car is the one of the safest cars on the market.

Read the full detailed breakdown on the organisation's website and see the car for yourself on Volvo's website.

Volvo S90

Number four on Euro NCAP's list with a full five stars, the latest S90 is a hybrid that looks sleek and luxurious, thanks to Scandinavian aesthetics.

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This four door saloon gets a full five stars and is awarded a safety rating of 95% for adult occupants, 80% for childrens, 76% for pedestrian and 93% for safety assists.

Read the full report or visit the manufacuter's website to get more information.

Volkswagen Polo

Number five on Euro NCAP's latest 2017 rating, the small hatchback also nailed the highest 5 star rating possible.

The Polo scored a safety rating of 96%, 85%, 76% and 59% for adults, children, pedestrian and safety assistance features respectively.

These ratings were done by testing the standard model of the car. You can view the full rundown for yourself or head over to Volkswagen's page.

Toyota CH-R

If you thought the new Toyota CH-R looked great but was hesistant to get it as your new family car, you'll be glad to know that it received a high safety rating (full 5 stars) from Euro NCAP as the number 9 safest car on their latest list.

The car receives a 95% rating for adult occupants, 77% for children, 76% for pedestrians and 78% for safety assist.

The car comes with a blind spot monitor, a rear cross traffic alert and other welcoming safety features.

Visit Toyota's website to take a look at what they're offering, or read Euro NCAP's full report.

Porsche Cayenne

Coming in at Number 13 with a five star rating, the Cayenne is a big car that will offer up to 5 passengers lavish comfort with great protection, all without sacrificing sportiness.

The Porsche Cayenne gets a 95% rating for adult passengers, 80% for child occupants, 73% for pedestrians and a 62% for safety assistant features.

Get the full rundown at Euro NCAP or visit Porsche's website.

Audi Q5

Coming in at number 16 on Euro NCAP's ranking with a full five star rating, the Q5 is a solid and study SUV with a smooth performance. It also has a hybrid option that comes with Quattro, Audi's great 4x4 system for an even safer ride.

The Q5 clocks in at 93%, 86%, 73% and 58% for adult occupants, child occupants, pedestrians and safety assist functionalities respectively.

You can see the rull safety report on this large off-roader here or visit the automaker's website here.

Range Rover Velar

Number 19 on Euro NCAP's list, the Velar has a heads-up display so you don't have to take your eyes off the road, superior off-road capabilities and is built to resist harsh elements.

The car gains a respectful 93% safety rating for adult passengers, 85% for children, 74% for pedestrians and 72% for its safety assist features.

Read the full report of the Velar on Euro NCAP's website or visit the carmaker's local website to see just how tough it is.

Jaguar E-Pace

The smallest SUV from Jaguar, the E-Pace is another solid safety choice. Even at number 24, the Jaguar does remarkbly well in Euro NCAP's four ratings for safety.

The E-Pace clocks in an 86% rating for adult occupants, 87% for child passengers, 77% for pedestrians and 72% for the car's safety assistants.

Read the full report for yourself or head over to Jaguar's website to see the car for yourself.

You can also see every car ranked for Euro NCAP for yourself to see where your car stands, or for the next car you would like to pick up.

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