Mercedes-Benz was one of the first automakers to put a major emphasis on safety. For evidence of that philosophy carrying through today, just look at the safety features available on the 2010 E-Class, which sets a new standard when it comes to occupant protection.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has not yet been tested by either NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), but its lengthy list of safety features is more than enough to earn a high overall score in this category from TheCarConnection.com. Car and Driver says "Mercedes is quick to point out that the E's new structure passes future crash legislation and enjoys a 30-percent improvement in structural rigidity." TheCarConnection.com will update this safety score when crash-test results are posted.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class arrives in showrooms with more standard and available safety features than ever. Cars.com says the list includes "antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system." Car and Driver adds that nine airbags are standard, along with the "standard Pre-Safe system that will prepare the car for a collision by cinching seatbelts, adjusting the seat, and flashing the warning lights under heavy braking."
The standard features alone are enough to put the Mercedes E-Class in the elite field, but the optional safety systems set the E-Class apart from anything else rolling through the suburbs. Jalopnik reports that "the full list of advanced safety features is staggering," and includes "Attention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Parktronic Plus...and Agility Assist." The available Highbeam Assist feature allows the beams to "vary their angle to illuminate 220 to 984 feet of pavement, depending on whether an onboard camera senses any cars ahead," according to Cars.com reviewers. Another safety feature that Mercedes pioneered years ago is a night-vision system, which the Mercedes E-Class has as well. Unlike with early systems, however, Jalopnik says the latest version "paints the area in front of the vehicle with infrared beams, sort of like invisible headlights," that allows for "a much sharper image out to a further distance."