The Mercedes-Benz EQC was one of seven models to score a maximum 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in the latest round of testing.
The other new cars to receive top marks from the safety body were the Skoda Kamiq, the Ssangyong Korando, the BMW Z4, the Audi A1 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The first electric production model matched its Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron rivals, with the four-year-old Tesla Model X set to be assessed by Euro NCAP later this year.
The fourth-generation Korando is Korean carmaker Ssangyong’s first model to achieve full marks in the Euro NCAP tests, with automatic emergency braking added as standard equipment for enhanced safety.
The Kamiq, Skoda’s new entry-level SUV, joined the closely related Scala family hatchback in achieving a 5-star verdict. Its Volkswagen Group siblings, the Seat Arona and new Volkswagen T-Cross, were also awarded top marks in their tests.
The current Ford Focus maintained its earlier 5-star rating following a series of minor updates, including redesigned front seats and headrests to minimise the possibility of whiplash following a rear-end collision.
Euro NCAP was impressed by the Z4’s active bonnet, which automatically lifts in the event of a pedestrian impact, while the new CLA scored more than 90 percent in three of the four key areas of safety assessed.
Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said, “From these results, achieving five stars may look so easy, but to meet test and fitment requirements for technology are very demanding and always updated to incorporate the latest technology development and address priorities in road safety.
“Next year will see another step-change in our rating requirements, but our experience shows that manufacturers will be keen to maintain the high standards they have achieved so far and that European consumers will continue to be well served.”
Although the EQC is based on the conventionally powered GLC mid-sized SUV that is already assembled in India, chances of the all-electric model making it our market are bleak owing to punitive duty structures.