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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior

Headlights
G
with optional
equipment

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
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
G
G
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A
2014
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A
2013
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
2012
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
A
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
A
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
Crash avoidance rating
2002
G
Crash avoidance rating
2001
G
Crash avoidance rating
2000
G
Crash avoidance rating
1999
A
Crash avoidance rating
1998
A
Crash avoidance rating
1997
A
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2017 models

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

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz as part of frontal crash test verification.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 6 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 2 cm at the upper hinge pillar and the instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,869 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 116 in.
Length 194 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1704
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1704
Head
HIC-15 173
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 38
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.43
Right 0.40
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.0
Right 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 101
Right 98

Applies to 2017 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-Benz E-Class was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz as part of frontal crash test verification.

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 roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,874 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 116 in.
Length 194 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1624
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 1
Right (cm) 0
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1624
Head
HIC-15 180
Peak gs at hard contact 13
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 0.9
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 40
Right 61

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz as part of side crash test verification.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4-door 2wd
Weight 3,834 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 116 in.
Length 194 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 22 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1621
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-23.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1621
Head HIC-15 158
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.53
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 37
A-P moment (Nm) 71

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1621
Head HIC-15 108
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 12
Lateral force (kN) 0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 9
Average deflection (mm) 7
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 1.07
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.05
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.5
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 33
A-P moment (Nm) 80

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,803 lbs
Peak force 23,517 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.18
Tested vehicle
2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4-door 2wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 22
Distance below top of head (mm) -30
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 15.7
Head contact time (ms) 60
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 480

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function

Package name

  • Optional Premium 3 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 2017 models

System details

  • Standard Active Brake Assist

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
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

Tested vehicle

2017 Mercedes-Benz E 300 4-door 2wd

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • E 300 trim equipped with Premium II package
  • E 300 trim equipped with Premium III package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? Yes
Overall rating
G
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

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

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

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

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the gradual left curve.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • E 300 trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

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

The low beams created some glare.

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 fair on the gradual left and gradual right curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • E 300 trim equipped with Premium II package
  • E 300 trim equipped with Premium III package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
G
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 113.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 64.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 83.9 m 4.6 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 68.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 66.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 60.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 148.2 m
Straightaway left edge 135.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 83.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 90.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 65.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 66.3 m

Trim level(s)
  • E 300 trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 92.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 67.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 50.6 m 5.1 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 52.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 43.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 165.8 m
Straightaway left edge 126.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 70.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.4 m

Applies to 2017 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

G
Vehicle trim E 300
Seat type leatherette

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 86
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 82
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 90
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Automatically adjusting head restraints in front seats move up or down as seats are adjusted forward or rearward
5
Electronic stability control
6
Antilock brakes
7
Programmable daytime running lights

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