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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Midsize luxury car
2015 Mercedes CLA shown
2015 Mercedes CLA shown
Crashworthiness

    Crash avoidance & Mitigation
    Front crash prevention
    Crash avoidance rating
    Superior
    with optional
    equipment

    Headlights
    P

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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
    2016
    Crash avoidance rating
    Superior
    P
    2015
    Crash avoidance rating
    Superior
    A
    2014
    Crash avoidance rating
    Advanced

    Applies to 2015-16 models

    System details

    • Optional Distronic Plus

    Package name

    • Optional Driver Assistance Package

    Overall evaluation

    Crash avoidance rating
    Superior
    with optional
    equipment
    6 points total

    Forward collision warning

    This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
    1 point

    Low-speed autobrake

    In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
    2 points

    High-speed autobrake

    In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
    3 points

    How this rating is determined

    Applies to 2015-16 models

    System details

    • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus

    Overall evaluation

    Crash avoidance rating
    Advanced
    4 points total

    Forward collision warning

    This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
    0 points

    Low-speed autobrake

    In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
    1 point

    High-speed autobrake

    In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.
    3 points

    How this rating is determined

    Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
    Trim level(s)
    • All trims equipped with Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED taillamps package
    Low-beam headlight type HID projector
    High-beam headlight type HID projector
    Curve-adaptive? No
    Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
    Overall rating
    P
    Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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    Low beams

    On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

    The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

    High beams

    On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

    How this test is conducted

    Trim level(s)
    • All trims
    Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
    High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
    Curve-adaptive? No
    Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
    Overall rating
    P
    Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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    Low beams

    On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

    The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

    High beams

    On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

    How this test is conducted

    Trim level(s)
    • All trims equipped with Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED taillamps package
    Low-beam headlight type HID projector
    High-beam headlight type HID projector
    Curve-adaptive? No
    High-beam assist? No
    Overall rating
    Applies to 2016 models
    P
    LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
    illumination distance (5 lux)
    Amount glare
    exceeded threshold
    Straightaway right edge 69.3 m None
    Straightaway left edge 40.3 m None
    250m radius right curve, right edge 68.1 m None
    250m radius left curve, right edge 39.4 m None
    150m radius right curve, right edge 53.0 m None
    150m radius left curve, left edge 38.2 m None
    HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
    illumination distance (5 lux)
    Straightaway right edge 156.3 m
    Straightaway left edge 117.6 m
    250m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m
    250m radius left curve, left edge 62.0 m
    150m radius right curve, right edge 59.8 m
    150m radius left curve, left edge 53.3 m

    Trim level(s)
    • All trims
    Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
    High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
    Curve-adaptive? No
    High-beam assist? No
    Overall rating
    Applies to 2016 models
    P
    LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
    illumination distance (5 lux)
    Amount glare
    exceeded threshold
    Straightaway right edge 52.2 m None
    Straightaway left edge 21.2 m None
    250m radius right curve, right edge 35.7 m None
    250m radius left curve, left edge 30.7 m None
    150m radius right curve, right edge 30.6 m None
    150m radius left curve, left edge 26.7 m None
    HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
    illumination distance (5 lux)
    Straightaway right edge 146.8 m
    Straightaway left edge 100.2 m
    250m radius right curve, right edge 54.3 m
    250m radius left curve, left edge 49.7 m
    150m radius right curve, right edge 41.0 m
    150m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m

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