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What were some of the safest vehicles sold in Canada this past year?

What were some of the safest vehicles sold in Canada this past year?

Safety is understandably at or very near the top of considerations for many shoppers when looking for a new vehicle. After all, 2000kg of metal and plastic can make quite an impact on passengers when things go awry. No one wants to drive around in a deathtrap. While we are probably doing our best to stay out of the ditch, the good folks at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety intentionally wreck hundreds of vehicles each year, all in the name of science, of course. After examining the results and sweeping up the debris, the organization bestows its coveted Top Safety Pick+ only to a select few. In this blog by Pfaff Autoworks, we take a look at a few of the safest vehicles that were sold this past year. The following vehicles’ safety results are based on how the crash test dummy reacted to the impact. 

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

According to test results, the driver space was maintained reasonably well with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 18 cm at the footrest. The instrument panel intruded 9 cm. Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low. The dummy’s movement was well controlled, something your author’s spouse does not say about him. Note that the optional headlights mentioned appear on the GLE 350 trim equipped with the Premium 2 or Premium 3 package.

2019 BMW X5

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 12 cm at the footrest. Measurements taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a driver or passenger-side small overlap crash. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with a side structure and outside objects. The optional headlights required to earn the high marks are found on X5s with the Icon Adaptive Headlights with Laser Light package or Executive trim.

2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 

In a driver’s side small overlap crash, the dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but rolled to the left because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. Still, the side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head. Both the driver and passenger spaces were well maintained in these types of wrecks. The GLC 300 trim equipped with the Advanced Lighting package was the only one to receive a “good” rating for its headlights.

2019 Audi A6

The new A6 did well in overlap testing, with the IIHS saying that measurements from the dummy indicated possible injuries to the driver’s right lower leg in a crash of this severity. The same goes for the passenger’s left lower leg. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low, which speaks to an SUV’s inherent advantage of sitting high off the ground. Only the entry-level trim fails to earn top marks for its headlights. 

If you are in the market for a high-end safe vehicle, then maybe one from the list mentioned above could be the right fit. For quality collision repair services from a certified collision center, check out Pfaff Autoworks today. Click here to find our Pfaff Autoworks contact information.