2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC: Does it Pass IIHS Testing?

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GLC delivers exceptional dynamics. Now it’s earned the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It’s safe to say that most of us consider vehicle safety to be important. But it isn’t one of the top reasons why we buy a Mercedes-Benz. Like most clients of the brand, we often fall victim to seductive designs and dazzling performance specs. Thankfully, Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to safety has never diminished.

Mercedes GLC crash test.

This video published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), gives us a glimpse of what the three-pointed star is famous for.

We see a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC undergo the small overlap crash test, which is equally famous for its difficulty. This consists of crashing a vehicle head-on into an offset object, testing its structure, active, and passive safety characteristics.

According to the IIHS, the GLC received a rating of “G” (good), declaring, “The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the footrest. Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.”

It’s worth mentioning that per the Top Safety Pick + criteria, the Mercedes-Benz GLC had to score a rating of “G” in both crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation categories — which it did. The IIHS clarifies that the rating is based on a model with the GLC’s optional full-LED system.

If you’re curious about the Mercedes-Benz GLC full safety report, you can check it out here.

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