List of safest vehicles revealed

The BMW 5-Series is one of the safest cars on the road today, according to a motor safety group.

The mid-size executive vehicle was one of the few cars that achieved five-star ratings in the European New Car Assessment Programme's safety and performance tests.

The BMW 5-series was found to be safest car in the executive class. Among small family cars, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta topped the list, while the Honda CR-Z was named the safest supermini.

According to Euro NCAP, the safest off-road four-by-four vehicle was the Kia Sportage, and the best small multi-purpose vehicle was the Toyota Verso.

While models like the Suzuki Swift, Kia Venga, BMW X1, VW Sharan, Seat Alhambra and Citroën C4 could not garner five-star ratings, they faired well by scoring over 80% in the crash tests, making it to the list of the best performing cars in 2010.

The motoring safety group's Michiel van Ratingen said: "Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle. The presence in these categories of high performing five-star cars demonstrates car manufacturers' commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles."

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