In the market for a luxury car? Interested to know which one is the safest? You’re in luck. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released their latest study on the safety of luxury cars, in which 11 models were tested.
The study involved testing luxury vehicles travelling at 40 mph hitting either another car in the stationary position or a another solid object such as a street pole. Researchers wanted to see how safe it would be for occupants involved in a collision in which 25% of the front end was damaged.
The luxury vehicles which received the highest ratings were:
- Volvo S60
- Infiniti G
- Acura TL
The cars that received satisfactory ratings were:
- Lincoln MKZ
- Volkswagen CC
- Acura TSX
- BMW 3 Series
And the luxury automobiles that received the poorest safety rating were:
- Lexus ES 350
- Mercedes C-Class
- Audi A4
- Lexus IS 250
*All models tested were the 2012 models.
It’s interesting to see manufactures like Lexus, Audi, Mercedes and BMW have less than exceptional safety ratings. One would think that those brands which have a higher premiums placed on them in the marketplace, both in the new and used market, would do a better job here.
For insurance purposes these ratings are important as the vehicles with poorer safety ratings will have higher insurance premiums. This is because insurance companies will use the data from the IIHS to modify their rate groups for each vehicle, the vehicles that have higher probability of injuring its occupants will increase the cost of coverage such as bodily injury and collision.