Following crash testing in Europe, Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has awarded five-star safety ratings to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and GLE SUVs.
The forever young G-Class 4WD SUV recorded full points for adult and child occupants in side crash scenarios, while in tests that assessed its AEB functionality returned a rating of ‘Good’.
ANCAP noted the G-Class requires improvement when it comes to chest protection, with elevated injury readings recorded by the driver and rear passenger in frontal impacts.
At this stage, the five-star rating only applies to the G63 (4.0 litre V8 petrol) variant.
The GLE achieved a mix of ‘Good’ and ‘Adequate’ scores for driver and passenger protection across the full frontal, frontal offset, side impact and whiplash tests, with a ‘Marginal’ reading recorded for the protection of the driver’s chest in the oblique pole test.
Child Occupant Protection was the standout category for the GLE, where it achieved a score of 92%.
Also contributing to the GLE’s five-star score is the standard fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring across all variants.
The five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all GLE models on sale in Australia.
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