The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC mid-size SUV is the latest vehicle to be awarded a five-star safety rating from ANCAP against the 2020-2022 testing protocols.

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

    The Mercedes-Benz GLC scored 92 per cent for adult occupant protection, 92 per cent for child occupant protection, 74 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 84 per cent for safety assist.

    ANCAP notes the GLC scored highly in the adult occupant protection category, with full points awarded for the protection of the driver and child occupants in the side impact test, the driver in the full-width frontal test, and front-seat passenger in the front offset test.

    Protection for the chest of the driver in the oblique pole test, however, was assessed as Weak.

    The safety authority said the upright SUV exterior design of the GLC could cause serious pelvic injury to a struck pedestrian. It gave it a Poor impact rating and nil score recorded in that area of assessment.

    The GLC demonstrated Good levels of performance during testing of how the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system responded to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

    ANCAP awarded the GLC with a Good rating for lane-keep assist test scenarios, and an Adequate rating for emergency lane-keeping scenarios.

    “Mercedes-Benz continues to offer a comprehensive safety package to its customers,” said ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg.

    Mercedes-Benz Australia hasn’t published a full safety specifications for the GLC yet, though industry database Redbook says it has the following:

    • 10 airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Surround-view camera
    • Parking sensors
    • Speed sign recognition
    • Tyre pressure monitoring

    As previously reported, the new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC will only be available with one variant at launch locally.

    The GLC 300 4Matic is priced from $104,990 before on-road costs, which is $12,600 more expensive than the outgoing model.

    The German carmaker’s local division has said coupe and AMG GLC models will follow at a later date.

    The GLC 300 4Matic is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 190kW and 400Nm of torque, and a 48V mild-hybrid system that has a starter-alternator producing 17kW/200Nm.

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    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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