The all-electric EQC SUV has been put through its paces, along with the three-box Toyota Corolla.
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The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC has followed the Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf in achieving a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP.

The mid-sized EQC SUV, which will go head-to-head with the Audi E-Tron Quattro and Jaguar I-Pace, equalled the best-ever score for child protection. It also fared well when it came to adult occupant protection, with a 96 per cent rating.

"It is encouraging to see Mercedes' high levels of safety carry across with their first EV market entry," said James Goodwin, ANCAP chief executive.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla sedan followed in the footsteps of its hatchback stablemate with a five-star rating.

Toyota made a big deal of the Corolla's standard safety suite when it launched, and the top-end SX and ZR have recently been updated with a low-speed autonomous emergency braking system designed to prevent carpark and wrong-pedal bingles, and rear cross-traffic alert.