IIHS experts evaluate the safety of Volkswagen and Mercedes modelsOctober 30, 2019
Tiguan and GLE-Class received top awards Top Safety Pick +.
Highest awards continue to come from the Institute for Road Safety Insurance. This time, Volkswagen Tiguan 2019 and Mercedes GLE-2020 crossovers were noted. However, none of the models received the highest ratings with their standard equipment and requires the addition of options.
The TSP + award requires the winners to get good grades in all parameters of crash tests – front with a small overlap on the driver’s side, front with a small overlap on the passenger side, front with a moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an excellent rating to prevent an accident and a good assessment of the headlights. Both Volkswagen and Mercedes scored high points in all six crash tests.
GLE received the TSP + Award thanks to its optional adaptive high beam headlamp projection LED headlights, available on vehicles manufactured after July 2019. GLE’s basic static LED headlamps are rated acceptable. GLE also offers a collision avoidance system on the standard equipment list. Both options received excellent ratings, although none showed flawless results, according to IIHS. VW Tiguan can only claim the TSP + Award if it is equipped with curved adaptive LED headlights with high beam support and a front collision avoidance system. The new system received the highest rating, while the headlights, which are available on models released after June 2019, received a good rating. According to IIHS, “earlier models with the same headlights cannot claim an award.” Base halogen headlights were poorly rated.
This is the second VW to receive the 2019 award after the Golf GTI. The previous 2019 GLE-Class was also awarded the TSP + Award, although an additional head-on collision avoidance system and special headlights were also required to receive this award.
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