The Mercedes-Benz EQS liftback is the latest electric vehicle (EV) to be awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating against the 2020-2022 testing protocols.

    This result was drawn from testing conducted on the EQS by Euro NCAP, with which ANCAP has harmonised its testing protocols.

    The five-star ANCAP rating only applies to the EQS 450 4Matic and not the high-performance AMG EQS 53 4Matic+, which remains unrated.

    The Mercedes-Benz EQS scored 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 93 per cent for child occupant protection, 76 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 80 per cent for safety assist.

    ANCAP notes full points were awarded for the EQS’s adult occupant protection in both the side-impact and oblique-pole tests.

    The driver and rear passenger protection in the full-width frontal test also scored full points, making the EQS the fourth vehicle to achieve this result under ANCAP’s 2020-2022 testing protocols.

    Its child occupant protection score of 93 per cent equals the highest score achieved under the safety authorities 2020-2022 testing protocols.

    The electric liftback’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system displayed Good overall performance across the tests, although Adequate scores were achieved in junction scenarios, with the system not performing at lower test vehicle speeds.

    The lane-keep assist tests displayed Good results, though in emergency lane-keep scenarios Adequate performance was noted.

    The 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS range receives the following standard safety equipment:

    • Eight airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
      • Pedestrian detection
      • Cyclist detection
      • Junction assist
    • Rear AEB
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Lane departure warning
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Active steering assist
    • Active lane-change assist
    • Traffic sign assist
    • Pre-safe impulse side accident preparation system
    • Active parking assist
    • Surround-view camera
    • Front and rear parking sensors

    As recently reported, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 4Matic can now be ordered ahead of first deliveries expected to commence in September.

    Priced at $219,900 before on-roads, the EQS 450 4Matic is powered by a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup with system outputs of 265kW and 800Nm. It’s fed by a 107.8kWh battery pack with a NEDC claimed range of 664km.

    The Mercedes-Benz EQS was first revealed in 2021 and launched locally in high-peformance AMG EQS 53 guise last year.

    The three-pointed star has since introduced the smaller EQE sedan in both regular and AMG guises earlier this year.

    Mercedes-Benz has previously indicated the EQS SUV and EQE SUV will also launch locally in September.

    MORE: Everything Mercedes-Benz EQS

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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