The 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been given the Top Safety Pick + award thanks to its “Good” rating in the small overlap crash test. This newest test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been a challenge that many vehicles have failed to overcome.
This rating, a first for any Mercedes model, can be applied to 2014 M-Class models made after August 2013, as Mercedes-Benz has reinforced the door sills of the M-Class to make it perform better in the small overlap test.
Apparently, these modifications were effective since the IIHS has determined that the M-Class was able to maintain the driver’s space well. This means that there’s a low risk of significant injuries. In addition, the M-Class got “Good” ratings in all other IIHS tests, including moderate overlap front, side crash test, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.
Aside from the M-Class, the only Mercedes model that underwent the small overlap test was the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It was given a “Marginal” rating, which meant that it won’t get the Top Safety Pick + award.
Only models that get at least an “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap front crash test and a “Good” rating in all the other tests deserve the Top Safety Pick + rating. What makes the small overlap test very difficult is that it simulates striking an obstacle like a telephone pole. The barrier impacts just 25% of the vehicle’s front area.