The Mercedes-Benz EQC, the company’s first completely electric production vehicle, has achieved the maximum ANCAP five-star safety rating.
The SUV achieved high scores in each of the key areas of ANCAP assessment, making the EQC the sixth Mercedes-Benz model to achieve high marks under ANCAP’s stringent criteria.
The EQC received 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 92 per cent for child occupant protection, 75 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 76 per cent for safety assist.
“It is encouraging to see Mercedes’ high levels of safety carry across with their first EV market entrant,” said James Goodwin, ANCAP Chief Executive. “The EQC scored well for its protection of children with close to full points scored for its ability to physically protect child occupants as well as its ability to safely accommodate a range of child restraints in the second row.”
The sedan variant of the Toyota Corolla also scored well and is entering the market with five-stars.
“The Toyota Corolla sedan has carried through the same strong safety performance as seen by the Corolla hatch rated last year,” Goodwin said. “As one of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular new passenger vehicles, the Corolla provides very good all-round safety performance including collision avoidance capabilities.”
The five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to Australian and New Zealand-supplied Mercedes-Benz EQC models and all Toyota Corolla sedan variants that are on sale from November 2019. ANCAP’s five-star rating for the EQC is derived from Euro NCAP testing performed in September, while the Corolla sedan’s result is based on the Corolla hatchback’s testing, which was performed in July 2018.