The Safest Luxury SUVs for Parents

We’ve spoken before about the popularity of Luxury SUVs, and it’s easy to see why they remain a first choice for parents. Whether you’re a mom taking your son to his cricket games, or a dad taking your daughter to soccer practice, keeping your kids safe is always going to be your top priority. We’ve put together a list of the safest luxury SUVs with the highest Euro NCAP ratings.

How are NCAP ratings determined?

NCAP ratings are not just an arbitrary number. Vehicles are scored on adult occupant safety, child occupant safety, pedestrian safety, and safety assist.

Adult occupant safety

This score is determined from frontal impact, side impact and whiplash tests. During these tests, the protection of the adult driver and passengers offered by the vehicle are tested.

Child occupant safety

Using the same tests as the adult occupant safety score, the child occupant safety score is based on the safety of the child occupant during the time of impact, as well as the vehicle’s ability to accommodate child restraints (such as baby seats).

Pedestrian safety

This is based on the risks of injuries to pedestrians or other road users in the case that they are hit by a vehicle.

Safety assist

This score is based on the safety assist features of the vehicle, such as lane support, speed assistance features and seatbelt reminders.

5 star safety rating

Vehicles with a 5 star rating mean they performed very well overall in crash protection. These vehicles are well equipped with robust crash avoidance technology.

Our favourite luxury SUVs with a high Child Occupant Safety score, as well as a 5 star NCAP rating are the Volvo XC90 (2015), the Volvo XC60 (2017), the Mercedes-Benz GLC (2015), the Lexus RX (2015), the Audi Q7 (2015), and the Mazda CX-5 (2017).

In the table below, the full NCAP Rating for each car based on the 4 listed criteria, as well as the average rating for each vehicle.

The Safest Luxury SUVs

 The Safest SUVs for Parents.   Adult Occupant Safety Child Occupant Safety Pedestrian Safety Safety Assist Average Rating Volvo XC90 (2015) 5 Star 97 87 72 100 89 Volvo XC60 (2017) 5 Star 98 87 76 95 89 Mercedes-Benz GLC (2015) 5 Star 95 89 82 71 84 Lexus RX (2015) 5 Star 91 82 79 77 82 Audi Q7 (2015) 5 Star 94 88 70 76 82 Mazda CX-5 (2017) 5 Star 95 80 78 59 78

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Getting your car detailed? Here’s what to look for

Everyone loves a good before and after. We love watching someone transformed with a new haircut, or a room uplifted with a coat of paint, and having your car detailed is no different.

Why should you get your car detailed?

There are a few reason for car detailing:

  • You’ll enjoy your car more when it looks and feels fresh
  • You’ll maintain the value of your investment vehicle if you keep it in good shape
  • With less dust and dirt, your engine will run smoother and last longer

What to look for

Car detailing aims to get your vehicle looking like it just rolled off the factory floor. Done properly, your car will look, feel, and even smell new. Here’s what you should look out for when getting your car detailed.


Seats: Your seats, whether they’re leather or cloth, should be vacuumed and cleaned. Scuffs on leather should be repaired and the leather should be treated with specialist products to keep them supple and in good shape.

Carpets: The carpets in your car should be vacuumed, dust and dirt free, and cleaned deeply to remove embedded dirt.

Dashboard: Your dashboard should be dust-free, mark-free and scuff-free. Any minor scratches should be repaired.

Airvents: The airvents in your car should free from any dust and dirt, and should move smoothly and easily on their hinges.

Gaps: the gaps between the centre console and your seats, as well as under your seats, should be clear of any dirt, dust or grime.

Cubbyhole: Make sure the cubby hole hasn’t been neglected. This too should be clean and neat when you get your car back from getting detailed.

Drinks-holders: Any drinks-holders in your car should be cleaned of residue, dirt, and grime. If they are not stationary, they should move smoothly on their mechanism.

Glass: The windows on the inside of your car should be clean of grime and streak-free. Your windshield should be absolutely clear of any dirt.

Smell: There’s a reason that “new-car smell” is well-known. When your car gets detailed, it should smell fresh and clean.


Wheels: Your wheels are generally the dirtiest part of your car. Any mud, grime and grease will be removed with a good car detail, and scratches should be buffed out.

Paint: The paint job on your car will be cleared of dirt, minor scratches and scuffs, and polished to a high shine.

Windows and window-wipers: all of the windows on the outside of your car should be clean and free of streaks and marks. Your wipers should be cleaned and move smoothly.

Lights: your car’s headlights and tail-lights can become dull with time. A good car detail with clear them up and improve the efficacy of your lights on the road.

Chrome finishes: If your car has any chrome finishes, they will be cleaned and buffed to a high shine.

Grille: The grille of your car should be clean of any dirt, and every nook and cranny should be free of grime.

Logo: Finally, your car’s defining feature – the logo. Your logo should be cleaned and polished. If your vehicle car has a hood ornament, it should be polished to a high shine.

How often should you get your car detailed?

A good rule of thumb is to get your car detailed with the change of each season, but there is no harm getting it detailed more often.

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