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I'm looking soon to get a small run around mainly for my use to back and forth to work.
With high fuel costs and traffic congestion as it is a supermini of some description would suit as I will generally be using it without passengers

But I have 2 kids under the age of 4 and there will be occasions when they will be in the car. Now most newish cars superminis or not have reasonable NCAP safety ratings giving good protection in frontal and side impacts.

Obviously the trend for these run arounds is to make them small, therefore lighter, more economical easy to park etc but with smaller boots the rear seats are closer to back of the car and rear seat passengers are more vunerable in a rear end shunt.

I've never seen NCAP testing vehicles to see how they perform in this way and am not keen to have my kids sitting inches away from the point of impact.
This can also be the situation in larger seven seater cars with the third row of seats essentailly in the boot and therefore in the crumple zone.

Anyway I've pretty much convinced myself that I won't be getting a tiny car and something Megane/Astra/Focus sized will be the smallest car I'm prepared to put my kids in. THe trouble with that is they are larger, heavier more expensive but I can't put a price on my family's safety.

Am I alone in this thinking, small cars perhaps too small to be safe family motors?

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