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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Midsize luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
P
G
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
P
G
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
2014
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2013
M
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
A
A
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2001-07 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mercedes C class was redesigned for the 2001 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2001 Mercedes-Benz C 320 4-door
Weight 3,395 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear door-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 107 in.
Length 178 in.
Width 68 in.
Engine 3.2 L V6
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF00033
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 2
Center (cm) 3
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) -1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 2
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF00033
Head
HIC-15 251
Peak gs at hard contact 44
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 32
Maximum Nij 0.32
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 4.2
Femur force - right (kN) 4.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 7
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.46
Maximum tibia index - right 0.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 54
Right 57
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear door-mounted torso airbags (rear torso airbags became optional beginning with 2006 models)
2
Automatically adjusting head restraints in front seats designed to move up or down as seats are adjusted forward or rearward
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Driver programmable headlights can serve as daytime running lights

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