Sports cars aren’t just for adrenaline junkies and petrolheads – the combination of a powerful engine and a nimble car is enough to put a bit of fun back into even the most boring drives.
Safety is a big issue these days though, and sports cars in today’s world are the safest they’ve ever been. But which are the best sports cars to buy if you want the very safest? Read on to find out.
Audi TT coupe
The latest generation of the Audi TT is the only car in the sports car class to undergo the stringent Euro NCAP safety tests. It gained four stars, but this was under the latest 2015 regulations which makes it a lot harder to gain the maximum score of five stars.
The TT benefits from the latest Volkswagen Group tech and construction methods, meaning it’s an extremely safe car as well as being a reliable companion. It comes with a whole host of airbags, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC) to prevent you losing control of the car. There’s a lane departure warning system available (standard on all petrol models) and there’s blind-spot monitoring and traffic-sign recognition. It even comes with Isofix child seat mounting points and the front passenger airbag can be switched off if you want to place a child in the front safely.
BMW 2 Series coupe
The BMW 2 Series coupe hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, however the 1 Series on which this car is based achieved the full five stars in the 2012 tests with an excellent score for adult occupant protection.
The 2 Series comes with many airbags to cushion you in the unfortunate case of an accident and every model comes with traction control, electronic stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and automatic windscreen wipers and lights as well as a speed limiter. Optional extras include the likes of adaptive cruise control and extra-bright xenon headlamps with an automatic dimming function to avoid dazzling other road users.
The Mercedes SLK is a quality sports car that includes a fantastic array of safety equipment. It comes with a host of airbags, a sophisticated traction control system and electronic stability control to help you use the SLK’s power safely.
It’s packed with other safety features including a system that detects when you’re getting tired and flashes up reminders to rest. There are also sensors to check your blind spots and automatic braking systems to reduce the risk of low-speed crashes.
It can even tell you if it thinks you’re following the car in front too closely and it has an ‘active bonnet’ which pops up in a crash to cushion a pedestrian’s head if they are hit by an SLK.
The Porsche 911 is an iconic car with more than half a century of prestigious heritage to back up its sports car credentials. It’s an extremely quick car so in an accident it needs to be very safe, and thankfully it is. There are six airbags along with traction control, electronic stability control and a tyre monitoring pressure system to help prevent any crash from happening in the first place.
To make the 911 even safer, you can pay to have the convenience of adaptive cruise control as well as high performance carbon-ceramic brakes which never fade and provide more braking force on track than ordinary steel brakes. The 911 also comes with four-wheel drive on some models making it a much safer bet when the conditions become more slippery.
The Mazda MX-5 is the UK’s most popular sports car and for good reason. It has a great reliability record, it’s cheap at around £18,500 and offers loads of thrills without breaking the speed limit.
The latest MX-5 hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, however it includes much of the same safety technology as found in the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 family cars which includes things like radar-guided cruise control, lane-departure warning and blind-sport monitoring along with the use of traction control systems, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.
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