Mercedes-Benz E-Class W212 Receives Top Safety Pick+ From IIHS

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If some of you remember, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class W166 was the first ever three-pointed star model to get the IIHS Top Safety Pick + award last year, after managing to make a good impression in a number of crash tests, including the highly-stressful small front overlap.
Today it's time for yet another Mercedes-Benz model to be enter the elite Top Safety Pick + club, and this time it is the redesigned E-Class W212, which also passed the small front overlap crash test.

In case it is not common knowledge by now, the dreaded small overlap crash test requires that only 25 percent of the tested vehicle must hit a five-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h), therefore simulating to some degree what happens to the car when it hits either another vehicle, a tree or a utility pole with just one of its two front corners.

As you can imagine, the resulting crash test looks pretty brutal as far as the dissipation of kinetic energy goes, but you should remember that cars which didn't get good marks from IIHS in this test look even more mangled and are much more unsafe for the driver or front occupant.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class W212 facelift actually held up very well, as you can see in the following crash test video, with the passenger cell remaining almost intact and the impact forces being dissipated enough so that the driver dummy escaped with no injuries.

Apart from the aforementioned test, the E-Class W212 facelift also scored good marks in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and seat/head restraint evaluations, thus making IIHS give the car the reputable Top Safety Pick+ award.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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