The Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) organisation has branded the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class one of the safest cars available on the market.
This comes after the saloon has received five stars for passing the European NCAP crash tests "with flying colours", the car maker has said.
Euro NCAP’s website states as the organisation’s aim the provision of "a realistic and independent assessment" of a vehicle’s safety performance to consumers and the automotive industry.
According to Mercedes, there is a high level of protection in case of an accident, thanks to seven airbags, belt-force limiters and seatbelt tensioners.
These features, along with Neck Pro crash-responsive head restraints which are fitted as standard, further serve to improve the vehicle’s safety rating.
Bodywork and structure also work together to protect passengers in the event of a collision, with 70 per cent of panels made from steel alloys that minimise weight and maximise safety, Mercedes said.
The manufacturer adds: "The C-Class safety systems are based on a tried-and-trusted Mercedes concept that takes a holistic approach towards passenger-car safety, with the emphasis firmly on accident avoidance and anticipatory occupant protection."