Mercedes-Benz GLC Named Top Safety Pick+ By IIHS
Headlight Performance and Crash Prevention Round out Good Safety Scores
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a lot going for it, with graceful styling, an efficient base powertrain or fire-spitting AMG variant, and plenty of luxury befitting its three-pointed star. It also has joined some of its family members on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) winners, thanks to its exceptional crashworthiness, collision-avoidance technology, and optional headlight performance.
In order to be named a TSP+, the IIHS requires vehicles to achieve Good ratings in each crash test; an Advanced or Superior rating for standard or available collision avoidance technology; and an Acceptable or Good headlight rating on standard or available headlights.
In the case of the GLC, it earned Good scores on the small overlap front (pictured), moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint/seat crash tests. Furthermore, the GLC’s standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus feature avoided a collision in both the agency’s 12-mph and 25-mph tests, earning it a Superior rating. The optional Pre-Safe Brake package did even better, providing an appropriate forward collision warning before actuating automatic braking.
In terms of headlamps, the GLC’s standard halogen reflector lights would have only earned a Marginal score on the IIHS’ tests for illumination. Equipped with optional LED headlights, the score rises to Acceptable, while the curve-adaptive LED lights get a Good score. Thus equipped, the GLC earns its TSP+ status, but even the base GLC qualifies for a Top Safety Pick (TSP), which doesn’t take headlight performance into account. The 2016 and 2017 GLC earned the same test scores as the current model, qualifying them for the same award.
The IIHS has tested a few other SUVs in the GLC’s competitive set and found them deserving of award status, including the TSP+ Acura RDX, Lexus NX, and Volvo XC60, as well as the TSP Audi Q5 and Cadillac XT5 (which was downgraded from TSP+ after the agency added headlight ratings to the test).
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety