Since the Ford Ka+ Active is based on the regular Ka+, it shares its Euro NCAP assessment - this means it scores a poor three stars out of five in safety tests. All cars based on the Ka+ have safety technology that falls behind competitors, as they lack city emergency braking, lane assist tech or a driver's knee airbag.
In one crash assessment, where the Ka+ hits a rigid full-width front barrier, safety concerns were raised for rear passengers. Compression of the chest of the rear adult passenger dummy in Euro NCAP's test was so bad that chest protection was rated as 'poor', and even head protection was rated as 'weak'.
Fortunately, if you're looking for a city-friendly crossover like the Ford Ka+ Active, there are plenty of safer cars to choose from.
We've recently reviewed its stablemate, the Ford Fiesta Active, as well as high-riding models of a whole range of sizes. This includes the Hyundai Tucson and larger family SUVs the Honda CR-V and seven-seat Seat Taracco. One is so good we've made it a Which? Best Buy.
Find out which is the ideal car for you through the links below.
Compared to the regular Ka+, the Active's ride height has been raised 2.3cm, plus it gets 15-inch alloy wheels and new off-road look body cladding.
There's a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel, with a five-speed manual transmission the only gearbox option.
However, the Ford Ka+, and therefore the Ka+ Active, received a poor three stars out of five for safety in Euro NCAP's crash tests. We take safety seriously so any car that scores three stars or less in Euro NCAP tests gets an automatic Don't Buy from us.
In a complete reverse of fortunes compared to the Ka+ Active, the slightly larger Ford Fiesta Active small five-door hatchback receives a full five stars out of five for safety.
The Ford Active is one of the myriad of trim levels offered in the Ford Fiesta range, aiming to capitalise on the current SUV trend.
The offroad makeover includes widening the wheel track by 1cm and different suspension settings give it a minor rough-road ability, plus a Slippery Drive mode for poor weather conditions.
There are three levels of equipment:
There's a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines, plus manual and automatic transmission options.
There's even a choice of all-wheel drive, for those of you who want significant off-road capability.
The Tucson was facelifted last year, adding new styling, updated engines and more safety equipment.
Autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist tech are now standard across the range, and even more on higher trim levels, including a Driver Attention Alert system on SE Nav trim and upwards.
There's no doubt it's a safe car, with a full five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
The 2018 update also added a mild hybrid version, which recuperates energy normally wasted while braking and uses it to aid acceleration, as well as an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission.
A long-time family favourite, the Honda CR-V large SUV unsurprisingly achieves the full five stars for safety from Euro NCAP.
2018 saw the new Honda CR-V offer a seven-seat option for the first time. In a continued bid to boost space to be even more practical, it's even larger - both wider and longer than the previous version.
With diesel engines falling out of favour with buyers, only petrol power was offered at launch in 2018. Later in February 2019, added a hybrid model (reviewed separately - see our ). This combined a 2.0-litre petrol engine with two electric motors and CVT transmission.
The standard petrol 1.5-litre engine offers either 173hp or 193hp, and both petrol and hybrid can be bought as two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
If you're looking for a giant large SUV, the seven-seat Seat Taracco is more than 4.7 metres long and offers a huge amount of space. It too has been awarded the full five stars for safety from Euro NCAP.
There's a choice of both front-wheel drive and '4Drive' all-wheel-drive configurations. You also get to choose between manual and DSG semi-automatic transmissions.
The entry level petrol engine is a 1.5-litre with 150hp , and there's a more powerful 2.0-litre with 190hp, as well as two diesel options(150hp and 190hp).
A plug-in hybrid version is also promised for 2020.
Lots of equipment comes as standard, including three-zone climate control and parking sensors.
Launching this year, the Mazda 3 medium hatchback has introduced bold styling - with a difference.
Euro NCAP awarded the Mazda 3 a full five stars in its crash tests.
At launch, it's available with a 122hp 2.0-litre petrol or 116hp 1.8-litre diesel engine, and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.
All Mazda 3s come tech-packed with a seven-inch colour TFT digital instrument display, plus an 8.8-inch central information screen.
Also standard are automatic wipers, auto LED headlights, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, traffic sign recognition, automatic cruise control, sat nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
There's even more tech on offer through four more trim levels.
A 179hp SkyActiv-X engine launches in October 2019, promising 30% more power but 20% better fuel consumption. claims this is due to innovative technology that combusts its fuel without a spark. October 2019 will also see a four-door saloon body style join the existing five-door hatchback.