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Safest small family car: Mercedes A-Class

As well as a stylish look, the latest A-Class is packed with cutting-edge safety tech

The latest Mercedes A-Class is the second version to come in a compact hatchback shape, and it offers more space, quality and technology than the last model. It's also more efficient and better to drive than ever, while the safety features have helped it to earn Euro NCAP's best Small Family Car safety award in 2018.

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High scores for adult occupant protection (96%), child occupant safety (91%) and pedestrian protection (92%) set new standards in the class, and a 75% score for its safety assist systems is also strong.

Mercedes A-Class review

That stylish body houses a suite of safety systems that help the A-Class to achieve these scores. There is the usual set of airbags, including a knee bag for the driver, plus seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters on all seats. Mercedes's Pre-Safe primes all of the car's safety systems to best protect occupants in an accident - it even emits a sound that causes occupants' hearing to help their bodies cope with a sudden impact.

Pedestrian safety is boosted by a pop-up bonnet, while the autonomous emergency braking is designed to detect pedestrians, slow-moving cyclists and can even detect pedestrians stepping out from behind parked cars. Add in lane assist and intelligent adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a complete stop from speeds of up to 155mph, and the A-Class deserves its Euro NCAP award.

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