The B-Class also assists you in risky driving situations. The active safety systems include the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), the STEER CONTROL steering assistance system and Brake Assist (BAS). Together they help you in critical dynamic handling situations.
If your car is in danger of oversteering or understeering, ESP® selectively brakes individual wheels and adjusts the engine output if required. To enhance stability, the car is also fitted with STEER CONTROL. When ESP® activates, a perceptible impulse in the steering wheel helps the driver to countersteer in the correct direction.
BAS recognises emergency braking by the speed with which you apply the brake and instantly builds up the maximum braking force, bringing the car to a standstill faster.
The adaptive brake lights are another helpful feature. They warn following traffic that an emergency stop is in process. If the driver brakes sharply from a speed of more than 50 km/h, or if an emergency stop has to be performed such that the Brake Assist system intervenes, instead of the conventional brake lamps, the lights flash quickly. If the stop is from a speed of more than 70 km/h, when the vehicle comes to a standstill the hazard warning lamps light up as well.
Just because the sun has gone down, there’s no reason to be kept in the dark. The optional bi-xenon headlamps provide significantly better illumination than the conventional halogen version. The bi-xenon package includes the Active Light System. With it, the bi-xenon headlamps follow your steering movements, providing significantly enhanced illumination on bends and ensuring that the course of the bend and any obstacles are visible at an earlier stage. In addition, the road surface illumination is improved thanks to the cornering lights integrated into the main headlamps – for instance when turning or cornering, negotiating tight bends or parking. Beyond this, automatic headlamp range control and a headlamp cleaning system ensure outstanding visibility at all times.