Mercedes Benz A Class | Euro NCAP – For safer cars

28 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Mercedes Benz A Class | Euro NCAP – For safer cars
Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes Benz A Class

its one-of-a-kind styling and compact (it occupies less road than most superminis, though it offers cabin to rival family cars) the performed well. Frontal-impact was good but more could be to safeguard front occupant’s Passengers sit higher than is and this helps if the A-class is hit the side. However, the struck-side and rear doors opened in the impact.

This would meant failure in the new side-impact if the car had been introduced after 1998. In the original test, the A-class had side airbags: had said that they fitted as standard in all EU markets. The car was purchased in the Netherlands, where airbags are standard. Subsequently the was found to be available in Portugal, France, and Ireland without airbags.

When Mercedes were they explained that had made a mistake and they for a re-test. This has shown the first result was too high by of one point. The car retains its four-star The re-test also showed modifications to prevent the doors were successful.

These changes were from VIN WDB 168 J210000.


The driver’s head was well although the airbag ‘bottomed late in the impact, and the passenger’s worked well. While the knees did not contact any part of the car presented particular risks, a with longer legs or sitting in a different position have been injured. The of crash intrusion into the compartment was well controlled.

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Protection for the driver was good though the side airbag little or nothing and the latches of two were activated by the impact, them to open. Many models (but not the test lock their doors on reaching 8kmh (5mph) and says this feature prevent the doors coming during a crash. The company it is modifying the doors to correct problem.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class


A passenger airbag is and there is a real danger of for any child if placed in a rear-facing on the front seat. Euro believes that Mercedes take this risk seriously and provide better warnings. The child restraints compatible with the rear belts that, unusually, had pre-tensioners fitted.

But disappointingly, the rear seat had only a lap many new models now provide a three-point belt. The restraints the child dummies from thrown too far forward in the frontal and the degree of force they was acceptable. But, the three-year-old was to an increased risk of head in the side impact.


The A-class has a very bonnet so the most likely points for an …’s head are on its and screen pillars. Because NCAP’s assessment system not account for glazed areas, the cannot be given a star at present. However, a windscreen gives better protection a steel panel would and should favour its score a rating is possible.

That said, its bonnet very unforgiving towards a head. The car’s front had little or no cushioning for an …’s and needless injury could

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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