Mercedes-Benz GLA and EQA score 5 out of 5 stars at the Euro NCAP crash tests

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Mercedes-Benz GLA and EQA scored 5 out of 5 stars at the latest crash tests session of Euro NCAP. They thus follow in the footsteps of other models of the premium car company for which safety is paramount. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, but also the change of testing parameters, Euro NCAP had to delay the crash test reports of several models. 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA and EQA have just received their score. They both underwent tests based on the 2019 rating.

“The EQA reflects a growing trend towards electrification and proves that the future can be green and safe”, the experts in safety have concluded.

The usual General Comments that Euro NCAP publishes are minimal, only indicating that the cars have an architecture based on that of the B-Class. The B MPV underwent testing in 2019 and scored 5 stars as well.

The cars performed in the typical Mercedes-Benz manner. Euro NCAP put them through the frontal impact test, in which the car impacts a rigid barrier.

The EQA got 97% for the protection of adults onboard and 90% for the child occupants. The electric compact car ticked 81% for the protection of vulnerable road users and 75% for safety assist systems.

There were similar results for the conventional propulsion variant, the GLA. It received 96% for adult occupants’ protection and 90% for the protection of children onboard. It also got 79% and 75% for vulnerable road users’ protection and for the safety assist systems. There isn’t actually a crash test video for this particular model, but one of the B-Class from 2019.

VIDEO showing Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLA and EQA underwent several Euro NCAP tests

As usual, there was an offset frontal impact test, in which 40% of the width of the car strikes a deformable barrier.

Both were slammed against a rigid pole and there was also a side impact test with a mobile deformable barrier that impacts the driver’s door.

Euro NCAP also conducted a series of pedestrian tests with different impactors. Furthermore, to test the whiplash effect, the seats go up on a sled. The independent organization also verifies active safety features and the reaction of autonomous emergency braking systems in car to car situation, with a pedestrian or a cyclist target. It also evaluates lane support, speed assist technologies and seatbelt reminders.