Just revealed this week, the 2016 Smart ForTwo and ForFour is all-new from one tiny bumper to the other, a new engine, a new look, and new safety features. Not convinced the tiny 2016 Smart is safe enough for you and yours? Check out this video of a 2016 Smart ForTwo vs. a Mercedes S-Class crash test, where the Smart seems to survive mostly intact.
Daimler lined up the 2016 ForTwo and a Mercedes S-Class for a 31 MPH offset frontal crash, one of the most-common crashes experienced in the real world. The results of the crash were an “intact occupant space and excellent chances of survival.”
“The well-proven tridion cell forms the basis for the high crash safety of the new smart. It ensures efficient energy absorption in a frontal impact. To this end, the crumple zones of the new smart have been made as large as possible,” said Professor Rodolfo Schöneburg, Head of Vehicle Safety at Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“The high proportion of ultra-high-strength steels ensures high stability for the passenger cell. In addition, the further developed airbags and seat belts offer maximum occupant protection, for example with a knee airbag for the driver as a standard feature,” he added.
Indeed, you can see that the patented tridion safety cell kept the small city car largely in one piece, though Mercedes also designed the S-Class to be less-damaging to small cars. That’s that kind of engineering you get when your parent company makes some of the smallest and largest cars on the market.