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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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.
Looking for a used car? We only list new cars on Drive Ninja, but the older versions of these models will likely contain a similar level of safety found in the modern variants.
Ask the seller of any used car for the VIN/chassis number 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.
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.
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.
Tick the safety box at purchase to allow you to relax and enjoy the ultimate roadtrip experience every time you drop the roof.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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