While both vehicles scored highly as a result of their safety technologies and crash performance, it was pedestrian protection that was highlighted by ANCAP in both instances.
“These vehicles further demonstrate we are entering a new era of vehicle safety where the standard inclusion of safety assist technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking will help to eliminate or reduce the severity of a crash,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said.
“With a concerning 7.9 per cent increase in pedestrian fatalities across Australia in 2015 there needs to be a strong focus on vehicle technology to help contribute to reducing this figure,” he said.
Autonomous emergency braking is included as standard on both vehicles to avoid or reduce the severity of an impact. Testing produced the highest ‘good’ rating with the XE scoring 29 out of 36 points for pedestrian protection, while the GLC scored a slightly better 30 points.
“Both models achieved the highest pedestrian protection rating of ‘good’ and use technologies such as active bonnets to help reduce injuries to pedestrians,” Mr Goodwin said.
ANCAP has been targeting autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and crash avoidance technology as the next ‘leap forward’ in vehicle safety, and tests AEB system performance as part of its crash test regime.