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Safety is an important consideration when you're buying a car, and you'll be pleased to learn that for a £10,000 budget you can get some fantastically safe used cars, with plenty rated at five stars for safety by experts Euro NCAP (at the time they were tested).

Car safety has advanced massively over the last 15 years, so much so that Euro NCAP have had to change and adapt their testing methods and scoring systems regularly over the last few years to ensure standards are consistently improved.

With this in mind, it's worth noting that given the age of the cars required to meet the £10,000 budget, reported Euro NCAP scores are based on pre-2015 testing rules that were less dependent (but still very strict overall) on advanced safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking.

Nonetheless, all the cars listed below are very safe cars for you and your family.

Fiat 500L

Made famous in the hit TV show 'Peter Kay's Car Share', the Fiat 500L is the roomy cousin of the Fiat's immensely popular 500 city car.

Its larger frame and sturdy construction gave it a solid safety base to work from, and the official five star Euro NCAP safety rating is testament to its numerous safety features which include:

  • Safety cell with twin front windscreen pillars to improve strength
  • Steering column that's designed to collapse in a frontal impact
  • Six airbags
  • Five three-point safety belts
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Electronic stability control

Fiat 500L crash test individual category scores were as follows:

Adult occupant protection: 94%
Child occupant protection: 78%
Safety assist features: 71%

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Volkswagen up!

Sorry, we're not shouting - that's how you write 'up!' according to VW. Regardless of how you you spell the name, it's certainly got one up! on its competitors in the city car market - this little car is rated at five stars by Euro NCAP.

This impressive achievement isn't hard to believe when you consider what's been put into making it super safe, with safety features such as:

  • Electronic stability programme
  • Emergency city braking (optional)
  • Six airbags
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Rear Isofix

VW up! crash test scores were as follows:

Adult occupant protection: 89%
Child occupant protection: 80%
Safety assist features: 86%

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Nissan Juke

The Juke is considered a marmite car in terms of its styling, but it's certainly not made from yeast extract as it achieved a five star safety rating when tested by Euro NCAP.

Many people have turned to crossovers and SUVs as they make them feel safer, and the Juke's highly stable passenger compartment contributed heavily to its five star safety rating, as did features like:

  • Six airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Rear Isofix
  • Traction control
  • ABS

The crash test scores for the Nissan Juke were:

Adult occupant protection: 87%
Child occupant protection: 81%
Safety assist features: 71%

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Citroën DS4

A hugely stylish hatchback that's economical, practical and comes with a five star Euro NCAP safety rating for well under £10,000? Sign us up.

The Citroën DS4 scored brilliantly overall in its crash test and even received the Euro NCAP Advanced Award, largely down the the high number of standard safety features that include:

  • Intelligent traction control
  • Electronic stability programme
  • Six airbags
  • Two Isofix mounting points
  • Speed limiter
  • eTouch emergency & assistance system

The Citroën DS4 scored highly in the individual safety categories:

Adult occupant protection: 90%
Child occupant protection: 80%
Safety assist features: 97%

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Giulietta proves that style and substance can come in one glorious package, and with plenty of pre-owned examples available for under £10,000 they make a great value used car.

When it was launched back in 2010, it was announced by Alfa Romeo as the "safest compact ever" after it was awarded five stars by Euro NCAP, and it's easy to see why when you look at the standard safety tech:

  • Six airbags
  • Self aligning head restraints
  • Hill holder
  • Traction control
  • Emergency braking
  • Vehicle dynamic control

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta's safety scores were equally impressive:

Adult occupant protection: 97%
Child occupant protection: 85%
Safety assist features: 86%

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Hyundai IX20

Truth be told, most of Hyundai's range is available for under £10,000 and scored five stars when they were crash tested, demonstrating Hyundai's commitment to safety.

We've picked out the ix20 which is a quirky compact MPV with a roomy interior and high standard specification, which includes safety technology such as:

  • Six airbags
  • ABS
  • Rear Isofix
  • Electronic stability programme
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Active front head restraints

Like the other cars in this list, the ix20 impresses in the individual safety categories:

Adult occupant protection: 89%
Child occupant protection: 85%
Safety assist features: 71%

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Mazda 3

Most modern family hatchbacks, such as the, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf, come with a five star Euro NCAP safety rating and the Mazda 3 is no different.

It's a good looking alternative to some of the more "mainstream" family hatches, and it drives well too. Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Six airbags
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Seat belt reminder
  • Rear Isofix
  • ABS

The Mazda 3 scores well across the board for safety:

Adult occupant protection: 93%
Child occupant protection: 86%
Safety assist features: 81%

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Renault Captur

A compact SUV that's similar in size to the Nissan Juke, the Captur has been a hit with UK buyers as both a new and used car since its introduction in 2013.

Renault were keen for the Captur to be as safe as it could be, and the engineers worked hard to ensure that electronic safety systems were triggered as soon as possible to provide occupants with maximum protection. Features include:

  • Six airbags
  • Seat belt pretensioners
  • Five three-point seat belts
  • Side impact detection sensors
  • Front passenger and rear seat Isofix
  • Electronic stability control

Despite being tested under more stringent 2013 regulations, the Captur's scores are more than decent:

Adult occupant protection: 88%
Child occupant protection: 79%
Safety assist features: 81%

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Volvo V40

Volvo have a remarkable track record for safety, and are known for introducing a number of industry-first safety features that have since become standard on the majority of new cars sold in Europe and the rest of the world.

The V40 maintains Volvo's safety-first philosophy, and in 2012 recorded the best score ever achieved in Euro NCAP testing, thanks to inclusions of features such as:

  • Whiplash protection system
  • Blindspot monitoring system
  • Pedestrian airbag
  • Auto braking
  • Lane keeping aid
  • Knee airbag

The Volvo V40's marks in the individual categories are fantastic too:

Adult occupant protection: 98%
Child occupant protection: 75%
Safety assist features: 100%

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Peugeot 3008

When it was launched, the 3008 aimed to bridge the gap between SUV and MPV, and proved popular with buyers looking for a family car.

Safety is a top priority of any family MPV, and the 3008 doesn't skimp on safety features, achieving a top five star rating when test by Euro NCAP. Those features include:

  • Seat belt pretensioners
  • Rear Isofix
  • Six airbags
  • Electronic stability control
  • Traction control
  • Five three-point seat belts

Individual safety scores for the Peugeot 3008 were:

Adult occupant protection: 86%
Child occupant protection: 81%
Safety assist features: 97%

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Thanks to the rapid advancement of safety technologies in recent years, there are plenty of extremely safe used cars available of all different shapes and sizes for a budget of just £10,000.

Browse our used car search to find the perfect safe used car for you. To check a car that isn't in this list, just visit the Euro NCAP website and select the make and model you're looking at - virtually every car has been tested.

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