The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently conducted a test that mimics small overlap head-on collisions. For this new test they have selected 11 mid-sized and luxury or near-luxury vehicles, with all of them meeting the existent safety regulations. However, in this new test only two cars managed to obtain "good" ratings: Acura TL and Volvo S60.
Other cars tested were the Infiniti G that got an "acceptable" rating, while vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Lexus ES 350, Audi A4 and the Lexus IS 250/350 obtained a "poor" rating. "Marginal" ratings were achieved by cars like the BMW 3-Series, Volkswagen CC, Lincoln MKZ and the Acura TSX sedan/sport wagon.
According to IIHS, this new test examines how the cars are able to handle a 40 mph (64 km/h) collision in which there's a 25 percent overlap with a 5-ft. tall deformable barrier, which represents a modification of the moderate 40 percent overlap test.
This new test has already been criticized by various automakers like Honda and Mercedes-Benz, with both citing potential handling problems and the uncommon nature of the scenario recreated by this test.
The institute reported that the structure of the Volvo S60 held up the best during the testing, while the VW CC's door was ripped off its hinges during the testing, making it the first car tested by the IIHS to lose its door.
More about each car in the press release below.