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The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV has recently achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Introduced into the Australian and New Zealand markets in September 2023, this rating applies to all variants of electric SUVs, except for the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ SUV.

The vehicle was assessed against ANCAP’s 2023-2025 criteria where it scored maximum points for shielding the driver in side impact trials, safeguarding the front seat passenger in frontal offset assessments, and ensuring the safety of child occupants in both side impact and frontal offset tests.

The EQE SUV notable because of its active safety systems. It performed well in tests for active lane keep assist and across various scenarios, including car-to-car, car-to-cyclist, and car-to-motorcycle autonomous emergency braking (AEB) tests.

Overall, it scored 87% (35.00 out of 40) in Adult Occupant Protection, 92% (45.25 out of 49) in Child Occupant Protection, 80% (50.48) in Vulnerable Road User Protection, and 86% (15.65 out of 18) in Safety Assist.

Safety Features

Dual frontal, side chest-protecting, side head-protecting, and driver knee airbags are standard features for the EQE SUV line up. There is also a centre airbag which enhances safety for front seat occupants during side impact crashes. However, during the assessment, ANCAP noted that the manufacturer did not provide sufficient evidence demonstrating its effectiveness across a range of occupant sizes.

The vehicle is also equipped with a pedestrian detecting AEB system that operates even in reverse (AEB Backover), demonstrating top-notch performance during assessments. Additionally, it has a lane support system with lane keep assist (LKA), lane departure warning (LDW), emergency lane keeping (ELK), and an advanced speed assistance system (SAS), all of which are standard features.

“While 2023 has been a fairly lean year in terms of new ratings, the great news for new car buyers is that each of the 2023 ratings published to date are five-star ratings,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg.

“As we approach the end of the year, we are expecting to apply a few more ratings to models that have recently entered the market, so if you’re looking to buy a new car, keep an eye on the ANCAP website,” Ms Hoorweg added.

The full list of safety features for the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV can be found here.

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