Euro NCAP Frontal Impact takes place at 64 Km/h, 40% of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the Full Width test, 100% of the width of the car impacts a rigid barrier at 50 Km/h. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver's door at 50 km/h. In the pole test, the car tested is propelled sideways at 32 km/h into a rigid pole.
2017 Mercedes-Benz E Class Safety
There's no crash-test data yet, but the E-Class has some of the most advanced safety options available anywhere.
All versions get the usual airbags, stability control, and Bluetooth—but it's frustrating to have to pay another grand to add a rearview camera to what's already at least a $53,000 purchase.
Other standard safety features include the coffee-cup warnings of Attention Assist, and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. The E-Class also can inflate a seat bolster in an accident, shoving the passenger almost 3 inches farther away from a potential point of impact.
It's the Driver Assistance suite of features that sets the new E-Class further down the path to autonomous driving. Adaptive cruise control can now follow, stop, and accelerate to follow a car ahead at speeds of up to 130 mph; the so-called Drive Pilot is claimed to do a better job of following the road ahead even when lanes aren't clearly market, at speeds of up to 81 mph. The E-Class will also change lanes for the driver once the turn signal has been activated for two seconds.
The automatic-braking and steering features of the E-Class have been expanded to operate at higher speeds, or even to apply the brakes if the driver doesn't recognize the approach of cross-traffic. And finally, the car will add torque to the steering system when it detects a driver making evasive maneuvers.
Other new functions spun off of this technology include the ability to park the car, and move it out of a parking space, solely through a smartphone app.
Many of those bits are only offered in an option package that costs more than $11,000—but rear-seat belt and side airbags are a relative bargain, at about $1,000.
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