New Mercedes-Benz C-Class Excels in Safety Tests
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a tremendously safe vehicle that consistently scores highly in Euro NCAP's crash tests.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a tremendously safe vehicle that consistently scores highly in Euro NCAP's crash tests. In fact, in 2009, this compact executive lifestyle statement earned the maximum five star overall rating from the independent vehicle assessor. Pretty impressive stuff, so let's consider the C-Class' safety credentials in detail.Euro NCAP's overall safety ratings are composed from scores in four areas. These are adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian safety, and safety assist that includes systems such as traction control. Each vehicle is subjected to various tests which can include frontal impact, car to car side, pole side, and simulated pedestrian strikes. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class scored 82% for adult occupant protection. Tests revealed that the passenger compartment remained 'stable' during a frontal impact, and that the occupant's knees and femurs are 'well protected'. This robustly constructed vehicle also earned maximum points for its side barrier test performance. Further results include 70% for child occupant protection, 30% for pedestrian safety, and 86% for safety assist technology. Features that contributed to these impressive scores include the C-Class' seven air-bags, electronic stability control programme, and the pre-safe system. This anticipates a collision and closes the sunroof, tensions the seatbelts, and moves the driver's seat to an optimum position. After impact the C-Class' doors automatically unlock and the hazard warning lights activate. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has extremely composed handling, so it takes a lot to nudge it into a ditch. However, should the worst happen, it is reassuring to know that the C-Class' numerous safety features are ready to help.