The Mercedes-Benz GLE earned a good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The headlights of the top-line variants of the SUV also get improvements.
The Mercedes-Benz GLE has just got promoted from a TOP SAFETY PICK award to the TOP SAFETY PICK+ status. The new title is valid only for the cars fitted with the optional LED headlights and with the optional Active Brake Assist system that integrates the Cross-Traffic Assist function.
In order to achieve the TOP SAFETY PICK distinction, a car must obtain good ratings in the tests that focus on the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. The front crash prevention also earns an advanced or superior rating while the tests also concern the acceptable- or good-rated headlights.
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The structure of the three-pointed star SUV held up well in the passenger-side test, as the passenger dummy’s movement onboard was well kept under control by the safety belt and by the airbags deploying. The measurements taken from the dummy display a low risk of injuries in a crash of such severity.
The models that rolled off the assembly line starting this past March are equipped with the optional LED headlights, that helped the SUV go from acceptable to good. The entry-level-fitted halogen headlights do not provide enough visibility.