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2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
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Andrew Maclean | Feb, 26 2018 | 0 Comments

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class will set a new standard for safety in dual-cab utes when it goes on-sale in Australia next month.

The German brand's first ute has achieved a five-star crash test rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), with the organisation praising the manufacturer for offering automated emergency braking as standard across all models - a first for the commercial vehicle class.

ANCAP's Chief Executive, James Goodwin, went as far as saying the X-Class is a "game changer" and the inclusion of AEB will put pressure on other brands to follow suit, particularly considering the popularity of dual cab utes with the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger the top-selling vehicles in the country.

"The light commercial vehicle segment has generally lagged passenger cars and SUVs with regard to safety specification, so the inclusion of AEB as standard across the X-Class range is to be commended,” he said.

The X-Class performed well in the crash test too, scoring consistently Good results for adult occupant protection, although rear-seat passengers have poor protection from whiplash in a rear-end accident.

Despite its high-riding nature, the X-Class scored 39.99 out of 42 points for pedestrian protection.

Volkswagen, however, proved that size doesn't matter with the new-generation Volkswagen Polo city car achieving a near-perfect score of 96 per cent for adult occupant protection on its way to a five-star rating.

The BMW X2 and Jaguar E-Pace compact SUVs were also awarded a five-star ANCAP rating, both of which feature active pop-up bonnets for added pedestrian protection.

“The Volkswagen Polo scored a high 96% for Adult Occupant Protectionwith maximum points scored for the driver in the full width frontal, side impact and oblique pole tests," Goodwin added.

“The Jaguar E-Pace scored well across all assessment areas and features a ‘pop-up’ bonnet and external airbag to improve head protection for struck pedestrians.  Lower leg protection for the driver in the frontal offset crash scenario could however be improved.

“BMW’s new small SUV, the X2 also provides a safe choice for adult and child occupants and pedestrians with the standard inclusion of an active bonnet, automatic emergency call function and fatigue detection system.”

All four vehicles were testing in Europe using left-hand drive models.

 
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