posted 8 years ago

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Excels at Euro NCAP

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class scored 86 percent for adult occupant protection.

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a tremendously safe vehicle that scores consistently well in Euro NCAP's crash tests. In fact, in 2010, this large executive status symbol earned the maximum five star overall rating. Pretty impressive stuff, so let's consider the E-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 E-Class scored 86% for adult occupant protection. Tests revealed that the passenger compartment remained 'stable' during a frontal impact and offered good protection to the knees and femurs. Occupants also benefit from the 'pre safe' system that anticipates a potential collision and primes the safety systems. The E-Class also scored 77% for child occupant protection. Tests revealed that during a frontal impact, forward movement of a three year old child's head was 'not excessive'. Mercedes also offer an optional rear facing child seat that, when positioned on the front passenger seat, is detected by the vehicle. The E-Class then automatically deactivates the passenger air-bag that may otherwise cause problems.

Pedestrian safety is important too and the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class scored 59%. The front bumper was particularly commended for the protection is offers pedestrian's legs, and the bonnet can lift to create an energy absorbent buffer. The E-Class also earned 86% in safety assist tests, thanks partly to the electronic stability programme and seatbelt reminder system. Well done MB.