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Mercedes-Benz’s first all-electric production vehicle, the EQC, has been awarded the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating from Australasia’s independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP SAFETY.

The 5 door medium SUV achieved high scores in each of the key areas of ANCAP assessment, including a record-equalling score of 92% for Child Occupant Protection.

The EQC is the sixth Mercedes-Benz model to achieve top marks under ANCAP’s most stringent criteria:

  • 96% – Adult Occupant Protection
  • 92% – Child Occupant Protection
  • 75% – Vulnerable Road User Protection
  • 76% – Safety Assist

“It is encouraging to see Mercedes’ high levels of safety carry across with their first EV market entrant,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“The EQC scored well for its protection of children with close to full points scored for its ability to physically protect child occupants as well as its ability to safely accommodate a range of child restraints in the second row.”

The sedan variant of the Toyota Corolla also scored well, entering the market with 5 stars.

“The Toyota Corolla sedan has carried through the same strong safety performance as seen by the Corolla hatch rated last year,” Mr Goodwin said.

“As one of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular new passenger vehicles, the Corolla provides very good all-round safety performance including collision avoidance capabilities,” he added.

A 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to Australian and New Zealand-supplied Mercedes-Benz EQC models and all Toyota Corolla sedan variants on sale from November 2019.

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