EuroNCAP – How safe is the new Mercedes-Benz GLB?

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLB, that made its debut this past summer, is a five-star car. That is the conclusion reached by the EuroNCAP engineers that supervised the crash in the latest testing session.

The company’s first compact seven-seater, the Mercedes-Benz GLB, scored 92% for adults’ protection, 88% for children’s protection, 78% for vulnerable road users protection and 74% for assistance systems.

The frontal offset test revealed that the passenger compartment of the GLB remained stable, while the knees and femurs of the driver and the front passenger received good protection. Weak protection of the 10-year old dummy was though indicated.

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In the full-width rigid barrier test, there was good or adequate protection for all critical body regions, except for the neck area of the driver. The SUV scored maximum points in the side barrier test, with protection for all critical body areas, while in the side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated marginal protection for the chest, with other critical body parts being well protected.

The emergency braking system (AEB), which is standard equipment for the GLB, also performed well in tests of functionality at low speeds, typical for city driving. It achieved a good score at highway speeds as well. Corrective steering, more aggressive in critical situations, is applied when the vehicle starts drifting out of the lane.

The front passenger airbag is automatically disabled when the rearward-facing child seat is set in that seat. All child restraint systems can be properly installed and accommodated in the GLB. Also standard for the German premium crossover, a seatbelt reminder beeps until all passengers onboard fasten their seatbelts.

An active deployable bonnet provides extra protection to vulnerable road users in case of accident, as sensors in the bumpers detect the impact and actuate the lift of the bonnet surface to keep the one that has been hit away from the stiff structures of the engine compartment.