Mercedes-Benz’s first crack at an all-electric SUV is also a very safe one. The EQC has just scored the expected 5 star ANCAP safety rating from Australia’s independent vehicle safety body, ANCAP.

A key highlight included a record-equalling 92 per cent score for Child Occupant Protection, important for a family SUV.

Mercedes-Benz EQC (frontal offset).

In other areas it ranked.

  • 96% – Adult Occupant Protection 
  • 75% – Vulnerable Road User Protection 
  • 76% – Safety Assist
Mercedes-Benz EQC (pole).

ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin, said, “It is encouraging to see Mercedes’ high levels of safety carry across with their first EV market entrant,” 

“The EQC scored well for its protection of children with close to full points scored for its ability to physically protect child occupants as well as its ability to safely accommodate a range of child restraints in the second row.”

Mercedes-Benz EQC (pole).

Meanwhile the sedan variant of the Toyota Corolla that I’ll drive next week, also earned five stars.

“The Toyota Corolla sedan has carried through the same strong safety performance as seen by the Corolla hatch rated last year,” Mr Goodwin said.

“As one of Australia and New Zealand’s most popular new passenger vehicles, the Corolla provides very good all-round safety performance including collision avoidance capabilities,” he added.