Five stars for new Mercedes and Jaguar

Five stars for new Mercedes and Jaguar

The new Mercedes Benz and Jaguar XE have both claimed 5-star results in the latest round of safety testing.

The cars were awarded the rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme, with chief executive James Goodwin nothing both have high standards of autonomous safety technology.

“These vehicles further demonstrate we are entering a new era of vehicle safety where the standard inclusion of safety assist technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) will help to eliminate or reduce the severity of a crash,” Goodwin says.

“Both models achieved the highest pedestrian protection rating of ‘good’ and use technologies such as active bonnets to help reduce injuries to pedestrians,” Goodwin notes.

The Mercedes-Benz was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and this ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants within the model range.

“The GLC is a new model to the growing SUV market and buyers in this category now have another choice of vehicle offering excellent safety features including AEB, but we would have hoped that lane keeping assistance would be standard,” he says.

The Jaguar XE was launched in August last year and the ANCAP rating applies to all variants.

“The Jaguar scored well in physical testing and offers a suite of advanced safety features you would expect in a luxury vehicle including AEB as standard.”

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