The 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, as recently reviewed by CarAdvice, has achieved the highest possible rating of five-stars in the more stringent EuroNCAP tests.
"We are very pleased about this good result. It confirms that our real-life safety concept is on track, even in standardised rating crash tests," says Prof. Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Passive Safety at Mercedes-Benz Cars. "Real Life Safety is far more than performance in standardised crash tests or the number of onboard airbags. The innovative Pre-Safe system for example, which improves safety shortly before an accident occurs, is not assessed at all by EuroNCAP."
During the course of its development to date, the new E-Class has successfully come through over 150 high-speed crash tests (see video below) and more than 5,000 realistic crash simulations. These not only included the various impact configurations prescribed for rating tests and worldwide operating approvals, but also the in-house, Mercedes-Benz crash tests derived from accident research findings.
The EuroNCAP organisation (European New Car Assessment Programme) has made its test conditions more stringent this year. All the individual tests are separately rated and consolidated to produce an overall result. Front occupant protection accounts for 50 per cent of the result, child and pedestrian protection for 20 per cent each, and the new test criterion of driver assistance systems for 10 per cent. One of these is ESC, which has been standard equipment in Mercedes-Benz passenger cars for many years. The test programme now also includes seat tests simulating a rear-end collision, allowing an assessment of the whiplash injury risk to the cervical vertebrae.
Excellent passive safety twinned with class leading active safety measures make the Mercedes-Benz E-Class one of the safest places to be on the road.