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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC

Midsize luxury SUV
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
    G
  • 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
only certain
trims/options

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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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
2018
G
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2017
G
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
G
A
2016
G
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A

Applies to 2016-18 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
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC was introduced in the 2016 model year as a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz GLK.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 1-2 cm at the upper hinge pillar and 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 head contacted the frontal airbag but rolled to the left because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. 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 GLC 300 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,995 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 113 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1722
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Upper dash (cm) 2
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1722
Head
HIC-15 224
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 1.1
Right 1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.64
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.0
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 86
Right 61

Applies to 2016-18 models

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLC was redesigned for the 2016 model year. Two passenger-side small overlap frontal tests of the 2018 model GLC were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Mercedes-Benz as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Structure

The passenger space was maintained well in both tests, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 16 cm at the rightmost portion of the toepan. Maximum upper interior intrusion measured 3-4 cm at the upper hinge pillar and dashboard.

Passenger injury measures

Measures from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. 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.

Driver injury measures

In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled in both tests. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,018 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 113 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1712 VTP1702
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 2 2
Footrest (cm) 16 8
Right toepan (cm) 8 3
Center toepan (cm) 4 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0 0
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 1 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2 3
Upper dash (cm) 4 3
Right lower dash (cm) 4 4

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1712 VTP1702
Head
HIC-15 122 53
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17 11
Maximum Nij 0.20 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 18 19
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1 0.0
Right 1.2 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1 1
Right 0 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0 0
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.21 0.17
Right 0.81 0.15
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.1 0.2
Right 4.7 0.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 68 41
Right 109 60

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1712 VTP1702
Head
HIC-15 105 42
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7 -4
Maximum Nij 0.12 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21 18
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6 0.6
Right 0.9 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2 1
Right 3 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0 0
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.18 0.27
Right 0.49 0.26
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.4 0.2
Right 0.7 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 23 25
Right 47 53

Applies to 2016-18 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 GLC was introduced in the 2016 model year as a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz GLK. 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.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,103 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 113 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1626
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1626
Head
HIC-15 131
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.17
Maximum tibia index - right 0.27
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 45
Right 68

Applies to 2016-18 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 GLC was introduced in the 2016 model year as a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz GLK. 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 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,116 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 113 in.
Length 183 in.
Width 74 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1625
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.
-24.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1625
Head HIC-15 133
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.44
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.53
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 2.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 41
A-P moment (Nm) 46

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1625
Head HIC-15 137
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 36
Average deflection (mm) 16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.39
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 1.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 46
A-P moment (Nm) 50

Applies to 2016-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 4,026 lbs
Peak force 24,311 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.04
Tested vehicle
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4-door 4wd
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 2016-18 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) 38
Distance below top of head (mm) -14
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 16.1
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 21
Max neck tension (N) 464

Applies to 2016-18 models

System details

  • Optional Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus

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

Tested vehicle

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4-door 4wd

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2016-18 models

System details

  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
5 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, 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 GLC 300 4-door 4wd

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • GLC 300 trim equipped with Premium 3 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 fair on the right side of the road and inadequate 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)
  • GLC 300 trim equipped with Premium 1 and LED Headlamps and taillamps packages
  • GLC 300 trim equipped with Premium 2 and LED Headlamps and taillamps packages
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 good on the gradual left curve and fair on the sharp 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 fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • GLC 300 trim
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
M
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

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

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • GLC 300 trim equipped with Premium 3 package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
G
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 100.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 73.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 87.8 m 5.6 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 69.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 72.8 m 21.4 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 70.1 m 19.5 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 141.1 m
Straightaway left edge 125.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 95.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 94.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 79.6 m

Trim level(s)
  • GLC 300 trim equipped with Premium 1 and LED Headlamps and taillamps packages
  • GLC 300 trim equipped with Premium 2 and LED Headlamps and taillamps packages
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 88.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 68.9 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.6 m 2.1 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 66.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.4 m 32.0 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 165.1 m
Straightaway left edge 129.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 74.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 57.2 m

Trim level(s)
  • GLC 300 trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
M
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 84.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 59.3 m 12.6 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 49.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 45.5 m 47.9 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 43.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 165.6 m
Straightaway left edge 107.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.7 m

Applies to 2016-18 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim GLC 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
difficult 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
difficult to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 55
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 49
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

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 Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 55
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 53
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
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
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights

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