Mercedes-Benz GLA aces Euro NCAP 2014
Protection is good for occupants of different sizes. Max points were scored for side barrier impact for good protection. Severe side pole impact chest and abdomen protection was adequate, and good for head and pelvis. Whiplash injury protection in case of rear-end collision was good for front and rear seats. GLA-Class’ standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system ensures additional protection in city driving.
India bound GLA-Class scored max points for 1½ year dummy protection. 3 year dummy forward movement when sat in a forward-facing restraints is not excessive though chest and neck forces were marginally high. Passenger airbag is auto disabled if a rearward-facing child restraint is placed on passenger seat, and differs from previous Mercedes-Benz systems that worked with specific seats. Max points were also awarded for clear information in regards to status of airbag and system provided to the driver. Varied restraint types can be properly installed and accommodated.
Maximum points were awarded for protection to pedestrians’ legs for good results in all areas. Bonnet front edge faired poorly, and scored no points. Active bonnet warrants improved head protection. So, upon detecting impact, actuators lift the bonnet to create more space between it, and hard structures in the engine bay.The system was tested in the deployed position, with good results in almost all areas tested (for pedestrians of different statures across a wide range of speeds).
Electronic stability control and seatbelt reminder front and rear seats comes as standard. A driver-set speed limitation device is available as an option. It was included in the NCAP test as Mercedes-Benz expect most cars to be equipped with it. Lane Departure Warning is available as an option but isn’t expected to meet Euro NCAP’s fitment criteria for inclusion in assessment. Collision Prevention Assist remains standard to aid a driver avoid or mitigate collisions at low, city speeds and higher speeds elsewhere.