Airport Taxis Edinburgh use Mercedes Benz cars. The Mercedes Benz E-Class is very
well equipped with air-conditioned comfort and satellite navigation.
The new E-Class has a body that is extremely stable and protects occupants
well. The E-class also has intelligent belt reminders for front occupants.
Protection for children was good and the restraints met every Euro NCAP
Maximum of 4
The frontal airbags inflate in two stages to increase protection in severe
accidents. Information from a special weight sensor fitted to the passenger seat
is also used to tune the aggressiveness of the passenger airbag. These systems,
the stable body and the lack of movement from the steering column provide a safe
environment for the driver. There has been much design effort to increase
protection for the driver’s knees and upper legs. The footwell suffered
little intrusion from the impact. Finally, the centre rear seat has a
three-point belt that is much safer than a lap-only type.
Protection system fitted as standard includes a thorax side airbag and a head
curtain airbag for front and rear occupants. It is impressive. However, in the
initial pole test, trim came adrift from the door pillar and interfered with the
correct deployment of the curtain. The trim fixing arrangement was modified and
was fine when re-tested.
A label in German and English explained the risk of serious injury or death if a
child is in a rear-facing restraint opposite an airbag. Both restraints used were
forward facing and were secured using the car’s belts. Two-point ISOFIX mountings
on the rear seats are available as optional equipment but were not fitted to the
test car. The restraints protected well throughout. Mercedes child seats have
transponders which sense if a restraint is placed on the front passenger seat and
turns off the airbag.
The E-Class is equipped with Electronic Safety Control (ESC) as standard
equipment on all variants. A seatbelt reminder system, covering both front and
rear seats, is also standard equipment.