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Safest Cars in the UAE

Cars have evolved significantly over the past decade.

The average vehicle size has increased, we're increasingly replacing sedans with SUVs, and we can rely on our cars to seamlessly connect with our personal technology.

But larger, heavier vehicles cause more damage in an accident, and our obsession with staying connected is distracting us more than ever.

The need for a safe car in the UAE is now more important than ever so below we'll reveal the top 5 safest cars in each category, we'll give you the search tools to find the price, availability, and specs of the safest car for your family, and we'll help you learn about the latest safety advancements.

 

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Top 5 Safest SUVs in the UAE

Top 5 Safest SUVs in the UAE

Are you looking for the safest SUVs in the UAE?

Tap below to reveal the top 5 safest small, mid-size, and large SUVs in the UAE right now!

 


 

Top 5 Safest Small Cars in the UAE

Top 5 Safest Small Cars in the UAE

Small cars represent excellent value for money but are also the most vulnerable cars on our SUV-packed roads.

Ensure you're buying one of the safest small cars in the UAE.

 


 

Top 5 Safest Sedans in the UAE

Top 5 Safest Sedans in the UAE

Sedans are a great choice for the family with a low centre of gravity providing much greater stability than an SUV.

Tap below to discover the top 5 safest sedans available in the UAE.

 


 

Top 5 Safest Sports Cars in the UAE

Top 5 Safest Sports Cars in the UAE

Speed is nothing without safety - ensure you're properly protected should the worst happen during that run up Jebel Jais.

You don't need to compromise performance for safety - check out our top 5 safest sports cars in the UAE.

 


 

START A CAR SEARCH

View the pricing, availability, and specs of every new car in the UAE

Begin by selecting one of the below options then refine your search by budget, features, fuel economy, and more. TIP! Don't miss the 'ADDITIONAL FILTERS' section at the top of the next page!

Looking for a used car? We only list new cars on Simply New Cars, but the older versions of these models will likely contain a similar level of safety found in the modern variants. Ask the seller for the VIN number of the car and provide that to your local dealership which should be able to give you information on the safety features contained on that particular model.

 


TOP SAFETY PICKS *****


The safest cars in the UAE - All of our top safety picks include a 5-Star NCAP safety rating, front + side airbags, a crash warning system, blind spot warning, and lane departure assist at a minimum.

NOTE: Not all models within the range will include these advanced safety features! Tap the 'VIEW MODEL' button for each car to see which specific models in the range include these advanced safety features.

 


SAFEST CARS FOR LESS THAN 100K


Advanced safety doesn't need to be expensive. Check out the cars with great safety features for less than AED 100,000 in the UAE.

All of the cars listed in this category include side airbags and a crash warning system as a minimum (scroll down to find out why side airbags are so important).

 

 

SAFEST CARS BY CATEGORY

It doesn't matter if you're looking for an SUV, a sports car, or a convertible - we'll show you the full list of safe cars available in each category in the UAE with pricing, specifications, and comparison.

All of the cars listed below have front + side airbags and a crash warning system as a minimum (scroll down to find out why side airbags are so important).

 


SAFEST SMALL SUVS


Discover the safest small SUVs in the UAE. Experience the comfort of a higher driving position in a compact package without feeling intimidated by larger vehicles on the road.

 


SAFEST MID-SIZE SUVS


Mid-size SUVs are an excellent combination of space, comfort, and practicality making them an ideal choice for the family.

Keep your loved ones secure in one of the safest mid-sized SUVs available in the UAE.

 


SAFEST LARGE SUVS (6+ SEATS)


Check out the selection of safe large SUVs in the UAE, designed to seat 6 people or more in comfort and security.

 


SAFEST SMALL CARS


The affordability and manoeuvrability of a small car with the peace of mind that you'll be safe should the worst happen.

 


SAFEST SEDANS


Sedans continue to be a popular choice among UAE motorists with a huge range of options to choose from.

Explore which sedans you should be considering if safety is a top priority for your next purchase.

 


SAFEST SPORTS CARS


Discover the safest sports cars in the UAE to give you that extra confidence on your next weekend outing.

 


SAFEST CONVERTIBLES


Tick the safety box at purchase to allow you to relax and enjoy the ultimate roadtrip experience every time you drop the roof.

LEARN

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PASSIVE AND ACTIVE SAFETY FEATURES

For decades cars have relied on passive safety features to keep their occupants safe - features that lie dormant in the vehicle until needed to protect the occupant in the event of a collision.

Examples of passive safety features include airbags, seatbelts, and the crash structure designed to cushion the car in a crash.

These features can be incredibly effective when needed, but they do nothing to prevent an accident from happening in the first place.

That's where active safety features come in.

Examples of active safety features include crash warning systems, lane control systems, and adaptive cruise control (learn more about these below).

These features actively try to stop the car from being involved in a crash in the first place.

 

WHY ARE SIDE AIRBAGS SO IMPORTANT?

The number one cause of accidents on UAE roads is a sudden change of lane. Closely following this are causes such as failing to stay inside the lane, and careless entry to a street.

All of these accident causes have one thing in common - lateral (or sideways) movement.

Modern cars are built with extremely effective crumple zones in the front and rear of the car - parts of the car that are deliberately designed to collapse in a crash - cushioning occupants from the worst of the collision.

But it's not possible to build crumple zones into the side of vehicles, meaning that occupants involved in a side-impact collision are far more likely to sustain serious injuries. Side airbags provide a crucial level of protection in these events and could mean the difference between life and death.

 

WHAT DOES THAT SAFETY PHRASE MEAN?

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)

An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) prevents the wheels of a car from locking up when the driver applies heavy pressure to the brake pedal, usually during an emergency braking situation.

Without ABS, the front wheels of the car would likely lock up and start skidding across the road surface under heavy braking. As soon as the front wheels are sliding they will not respond to steering input making it impossible for the driver to try and steer clear of a hazard ahead.

ABS works by constantly monitoring the rotational speed of each wheel. If it senses that any wheel is rotating at a slower speed than the speed of the car (which will occur just before the wheel is about to lock up) then it will automatically release braking pressure on that wheel to prevent it from locking up. As soon as it senses that the wheel is rotating faster than the speed of the vehicle then it will reapply brake pressure, and then the process repeats. Most ABS systems can complete this process multiple times per second making it almost impossible for the wheels to lock up. This enables the driver to maintain steering control of the car to assist in avoiding a hazard ahead.

Practically every new car on sale today includes an ABS system as a standard feature. This system forms the basis of the more complicated Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system and Traction Control System (TCS).

ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control)

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC; sometimes also called autonomous cruise control) is an evolution of standard cruise control where the car is able to adjust its speed of travel based on its surrounding environment - often based on what the car in front is doing. If the car in front of you slows down then your car will automatically slow down as well, then speed up again when the car in front does so. This makes the system extremely useful for motorway driving and busier periods such as rush hour.

Some systems (often mentioned as having traffic jam assist or something similar) will allow the car to slow all the way to a stop then will automatically creep forward with the traffic in front during a traffic jam situation.

Advantages:

  • Enhanced safety over traditional cruise control
  • Can reduce driver fatigue and stress in busy traffic situations

Disadvantages:

  • Can cause drivers to pay less attention to traffic in front

Things to be aware of:

  • Some systems can leave a large gap between your car and the one in front, allowing other cars to slot into that gap which causes your car to slow further in order to build the gap back up. This is especially common in the UAE where following distances tend to be smaller than in other countries.

AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking)

An Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system is one that detects that the vehicle is about to crash into an object ahead and automatically applies the brakes in an attempt to avoid the collision.

To do this, it uses a range of sensors to both determine what objects lie ahead of the car's path, along with the movement (or in some cases the anticipated movement) of those objects. AEB systems are normally combined with a Crash Warning System (CWS) to try and warn the driver before a crash becomes imminent.

Attention Assist / Driver Alert / Fatigue Detection Systems

These systems are fairly new so there is no common, agreed upon term to describe them yet, but what all of these systems aim to do is monitor and correct driver fatigue. Different manufacturers tackle the problem in different ways - some use the existing lane departure assist system to analyse and detect if the car's movements might be as a result of the driver getting tired, while some systems have a camera that focuses on the driver and analyses facial movements such as drooping eyelids or relaxing muscles.

The action that the system takes if it determines that the driver is getting tired also differs between different manufacturers - some systems will simply sound an audible alert, while others will require the car to be pulled over and either switched off or the driver's door opened before the alert is cancelled. Most systems can be adjusted or completely disabled if desired.

Blind Spot Warning

Believe it or not, if you adjust your car mirrors correctly you should be able to completely eliminate any blind spots.

For those who want the additional peace of mind of an extra warning in case you do miss something then a blind spot warning system is a good thing to have. Your blind spot is the area either side of your car that isn't visible to you when you look in either the wing mirrors or the rear view mirror. Blind spots are incredibly dangerous as they can lead a driver to believe that the lane beside them is clear when it is not.

Blind spot warning systems work by displaying a visual alert to the driver to warn them that there is another vehicle in their blind spot. This warning is normally displayed on either the wing mirror, the dashboard, or on the windscreen if the car is fitted with a head-up display.

Advantages:

  • Blind spot warning systems can potentially spot something that you miss

Disadvantages:

  • Like other driver information systems, a blind spot warning system can mean that drivers don't bother to check their blind spot themselves. Drivers should always have a quick glance in their intended direction of travel even with a blind spot warning system in place.

Crash Warning System

A Crash Warning System (CWS; sometimes known as a collision warning system, collision avoidance system, or collision mitigating system) is a system that alerts the driver of an imminent crash with the vehicle in front, and often will apply the brakes automatically if the driver does not take action fast enough. This second feature is referred to as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

The systems use radar, laser, or cameras to determine that the car may be about to collide with the vehicle in front and to warn the driver through a visual, audible or seat vibration alert. Crash warning systems are one of the most valuable active safety systems currently in use, so much so that many governments around the world have decreed that soon all new vehicles sold in their countries must be fitted with such a system.

Advantages:

  • Can detect an imminent collision often before the driver becomes aware of it
  • Crash warning systems are very effective at getting the attention of a driver who may be distracted

Disadvantages:

  • As with all such active safety features, there is always a risk that drivers will become complacent and rely too heavily on the feature.

Things to be aware of:

  • While current crash warning systems are very good, they aren't perfect. There is always a chance that the system will miss something, so drivers should always ensure they are paying attention to their surroundings while controlling any motor vehicle.

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert (sometimes called Rear Cross Traffic Alert) is a system that warns you if a car is approaching from the side when you are backing out of a car park space.

It often works alongside a blind spot warning system, using the same equipment. If, when you are backing out of a space, the system detects a car approaching from either side it will give you an audible and/or visual warning. Some vehicles combine this warning with an autonomous braking system that will automatically brake the car if a crash is imminent and the driver doesn't take action.

Things to be aware of:

  • Cross traffic alert systems don't work in every situation, such as when reversing out of an angled parking space. It also may not spot pedestrians or cyclists so it's critical that the driver still pays attention in any reversing situation.

ESC / ESP (Electronic Stability Control / Electronic Stability Programme)

An Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system attempts to prevent a vehicle from spinning or sliding by applying the brakes to the necessary wheels to try and correct an inadvertent loss of traction. It makes use of an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

One example of where this system will kick into action is in the case of understeer. Understeer generally occurs when a driver attempts to take a corner too quickly and the car is unable to turn as sharply as the driver intends which causes the front wheels to start skidding towards the outside of the corner. In this situation the ESC system will attempt to correct the slide by applying the brake to the inner rear wheel which hopefully allows the other wheels to regain traction and allows the car to steer towards where the driver intends.

Another example is oversteer. Oversteer is similar to understeer in that it is brought on by a driver attempting to take a corner more quickly than the car is able to handle, but in the case of oversteer the rear tyres break traction first which causes the rear of the car to start skidding towards the outside of the corner. An ESC system will try to prevent this by applying the brakes to the outer front wheel.

Things to be aware of:

  • Electronic Stabilty Control is not the same as a Traction Control System (TCS). TCS systems are sometimes included as part of an ESC system - but not always. The main difference between the two is that an electronic stability control system generally attempts to correct sliding when cornering, while a traction control system tends to correct excessive wheel spin to maintain traction.
  • Related to the above - the phrase Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) can be used either to describe an ESC system by itself, or a system that incorporates both ESC and TCS - the usage of the phrase differs between different manufacturers.
  • These systems are not designed to help you drive faster - they exist to try and correct potentially dangerous loss of traction situations.

ISOFIX

ISOFIX refers to the international standard for the attachment points for child safety seats in cars. In the US it's often referred to as LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).

Cars fitted with ISOFIX attachments will normally have anchor points at the base of the rear seats, along with points above and behind the seats. Most child car seats are designed to work with these anchor points which makes for fairly easy, secure installation.

Things to be aware of:

  • ISOFIX is not actually an acronym. The first part of the term - ISO - comes from International Organisation for Standardisation standard ISO 13216 which specifies the standard for child safety seat anchoring systems. The second part of the term - FIX - simply refers to the fact that the anchoring systems create fixing points for the child seats.

Lane Departure Assist

Lane departure assist can refer to one of two systems - either a system that warns you when you are about to exit your lane unexpectedly, or a system that combines the warning feature with autonomous steering to actively keep you inside your lane.

A Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system can warn the driver of an unexpected lane departure through an audible warning, a visual warning, or by a vibration in the seat in the direction of the threat (for example, if the car is drifting towards the left side of the lane then the left side of the seat will vibrate to draw your attention to that side).

A Lane Keep(ing) Assist (LKA) system takes the above to the next level by actively keeping your car inside the lane if it detects that you are about to leave the lane unexpectedly. Some systems will only take action if the car starts to drift towards the outside of the lane, while other systems actively work to keep the car centred in the lane at all times.

Advantages:

  • Provides assistance to drivers to avoid unexpected lane changes which are one of the main causes of accidents in the UAE

Disadvantages:

  • Can cause drivers to pay less attention on the road

Things to be aware of:

  • Lane departure assist systems only work on roads with clearly marked lanes
  • Make sure to check with the company you are buying the car off how 'active' its lane departure assist system is
  • The system determines an unexpected lane change based largely on whether or not you have switched on the indicator - so make sure to use your indicator to avoid the system trying to keep you in your lane when you don't want it to!

NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme)

A New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) is an assessment organisation in a specific region which crash tests new cars to determine a safety rating for each vehicle based on a number of variables.

There are NCAPs based all around the world. They all take a similar approach to testing vehicles though tend to differ a little in their safety assessment of cars based on the demands of the region in which they are based. The Euro NCAP is generally viewed as the most strict programme.

Manufacturers are not required to provide vehicles to an NCAP for testing, which means that many vehicles on the market do not have a safety rating. This does not necessarily mean that the vehicle is unsafe, it simply means that the manufacturer has opted not to have their vehicle tested. For example, most high-end luxury vehicles and supercars are untested by NCAPs yet tend to be some of the safest cars on our roads. Almost all manufacturers perform their own internal safety testing as required by law by many governments, but these internal tests tend to be less comprehensive than the testing performed by the various NCAPs.

Simply New Cars uses data from various NCAPs around the world when applying the safety ratings to vehicles on our website. This is due to the fact that a vehicle sold on our shores is often slightly different to the same vehicle sold in other markets, so wherever possible we consider the results from multiple NCAPs along with the specific safety features of the vehicle being sold here to determine a Simply New Cars safety rating.

TCS (Traction Control System)

A Traction Control System (TCS) can work in a number of different ways but the end goal is always the same - to stop a wheel (or wheels) from slipping unintentionally, helping the car to maintain grip.

Excessive wheel spin occurs when the power being delivered through the drivetrain is too much for one or more of the driving wheels to handle, causing them to lose traction and start to spin at a higher rate than the other wheels. A traction control system detects when a wheel starts to spin significantly faster than the other wheels and applies corrective action to stop the wheel from spinning excessively, thereby maintaining grip with the road surface.

Things to be aware of:

  • Traction control is often (but not always) part of an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system or an Electronic Stability Prorgramme (ESP). Traction control systems are not the same as ESC systems - a traction control system tends to monitor and correct wheels that spin excessively, while a stability control system is generally used to take corrective action in the event that a vehicle starts sliding while cornering.

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