The German SUV earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating, with a score of 96 percent for the protection of adult occupants, 75 percent for that of children and 60 percent for the pedestrian protection. Like we said in the previous chapter of our test drive, it is one of the safest cars tested by the Euro NCAP.
The vehicle passed all impact test with flying colors, with the only one that resulted in an "adequate" rating rather than a "good" one being the side pole impact, where the aforementioned rating was offered for the driver's chest.
As for the child protection, Mercedes-Benz offers an automatic child seat protection, but Euro NCAP didn't reward this due to the fact that the "front passenger airbag can be disabled only by child restraints equipped with Mercedes Benz's automatic sensor system". However, if the owner uses the right child restraint, the vehicle offers good protection.
Moving to the pedestrian protection, the list of safety features includes an active bonnet, that raises when an impact with a pedestrian is detected, offering lower chances for the human body to hit the hard structures underneath.
This offered good protection in all the areas likely to be struck by the head of adult. However, this protection rating was seriously lowered when talking about children and the protection offered by the front edge of the bonnet to pedestrians was poor.
We have to mention that the ML has been set up in a way that makes it extremely safe to drive, with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system and the Active Curve (active stabilizer bars) working to keep the car on the road. As a conclusion
of our test drive, we can tell you that the vehicle doesn't inspire you to push it hard, but can sustain high speed driving.Continue reading