The safest vehicles for your fleet

Cars these days come packed with new features and technology that can help keep your staff safe on the roads.

However, it is important to note that while all those shiny new cars at the dealership may look attractive, some offer better protection than others.

As a fleet manager, how do you choose a vehicle that fits your company's needs while also keeping your drivers safe?

ANCAP provides a comprehensive safety report on each new car entering the market, giving consumers a clear picture of how they rank.

We've listed some five star-rated cars in the major vehicle categories, so you can make a choice depending on the needs of your fleet:

Small cars

There is a general misconception that small cars are unsafe due to their size.

However, compact cars are some of the safest and most reliable around, according to ANCAP's ratings.

The Ford Fiesta has always been a popular car, and its popularity will be enhanced by its recent 5 star rating, awarded in part for its frontal, side, head and knee airbags.

Large cars

If your fleet is made up mostly of larger sedans, Toyota may be a safe pick.

Models such as the Camry and Aurion, from late 2011 onwards, are affordable options that come loaded with plenty of airbags to keep your drivers covered from all angles.


With their sheer physical presence, SUVs undoubtedly offer their occupants plenty of protection.

It is still worth noting though that not all of them are awarded five stars.

The Toyota Landcruiser, Mitsubishi Outlander and Mazda CX-5, however, have achieved the maximum rating from ANCAP, and deservedly so, with their solid build and abundance of airbags.


Another misconception - many people consider vans to be extremely safe due to their large size.

In fact, new vans with a five star rating are somewhat rare.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito is an exception, and with frontal, side and head airbags, should keep both your cargo and your driver safe.