How safe is the 2016 Smart fortwo in a crash test?

Since its inception in 1998, arguably the biggest roadblock Mercedes-Benz has faced with the Smart fortwo city car is its crash-worthiness. “Surely,” you think, “something that tiny can’t fare well in a collision.”

Well, your concerns are justified. There are a number of variables that go into a collision, such as speed, weather conditions and driver ability, to name just a few. But the truth is, that doesn’t mean something like a Smart fortwo is unsafe. In fact, as Mercedes-Benz demonstrates, it can still hold its own in a collision against something considerably larger and heavier. Say, an S-Class sedan.

Now, Mercedes’ video differs slightly from the testing procedures from the U.S. NHTSA and IIHS organizations, in that the Smart collides with a moving S-Class as opposed to a solid, stationary wall. That being said, you can still see how the tiny fortwo fares in the test. At 28 miles per hour, the Smart stops moving almost immediately after it collides with the S-Class and kicks up its rear wheels. The Smart might seem like it fared visually poorly, but its Tridon safety cell does what it’s supposed to do — transfer the impact around the cabin, instead of through it.

Don’t forget to hit the play button below. We can’t wait to take a look at the full results after the NHTSA and IIHS evaluate the 2016 fortwo.

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