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Convertible cars are popular, particularly during the summer months when the thrill of the open road is unbeatable. However, many people still struggle with the concept that soft tops can be all that safe, in particular those with families are often reluctant to put their little ones at risk.
The safety ratings of convertible cars have improved significantly during the past few years, and more manufacturers are marketing their latest soft tops towards families by creating options such as larger boot space and a roomier back row, as well as a host of safety features as standard.
It is well worth noting that before purchasing a convertible it is advisable to look at its Euro NCAP safety rating to see how it measures up in comparison to other vehicles. Euro NCAP provides motorists with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold throughout the UK and Europe.
Below is the Trusted Dealers pick of the safest soft top cars currently available on the market.
Saab 9-3: Prices from £5495.00
Saab cars are well known for being reliable and attractive family cars both to run and own, and the 9-3 convertible is no different rated with 5 stars for adult occupation from Euro NCAP. The Saab 9-3 convertible offers families plenty of space inside and focuses on comfort for its passengers providing plenty of legroom and a decent sized boot for luggage. It drives well too offering maximum comfort combined with excellent handling. Additional safety features include a rollover protection system, consisting of pop-up bars behind the rear seats, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.
Volvo C70: Prices from £12,000.00
Volvo cars are renowned for their safety features and the Volvo C70 is no exception scoring top marks of five stars by Euro NCAP for adult occupancy and four stars for child occupancy. It also offers a range of safety equipment as standard such as side airbags, front door mounted head airbags and front seat mounted torso airbags as well as a rollover sensor. As a family car, the C70 fares very well, not only is it stylish to look at, it’s luxurious inside and has a spacious cabin perfect to carry four people, plus a large boot.
Volkswagen Eos: Prices from £9,000.00
Not only is the Volkswagen Eos one of the safest soft tops on the market, it’s also great to drive, offering an exceptional ride. The Eos will comfortably seat four people in its classy looking cabin which contains the high level of the equipment you’d expect from the VW brand to include standard safety features such as side airbags, a rollover protection system, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. Volkswagen cars also retain their value very well so you’ll save money when it comes to selling the Eos on. Boot space is reasonable when the roof is up but reduces significantly when the roof is down, however if you’re looking for a convertible which is fun to drive, suitable for family living and offers excellent refinement and class, the Eos is the perfect choice. The Eos also scored four stars from Euro NCAP in both adult and child occupancy.