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2015 Mercedes C class

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G

Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested

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Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags (standard); rear seat-mounted torso airbags (optional)
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Programmable daytime running lights
Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2015
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
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 2015 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 C class was redesigned for the 2015 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.

NOTE: There will be no precrash photo until we acquire a car for AEB testing.

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 vehicle2015 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,483 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length185 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1415
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)1
Center (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Brake pedal (cm)2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1415
Head
HIC-15148
Peak gs at hard contact16
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)11
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm)22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.6
Femur force - right (kN)1.3
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.40
Maximum tibia index - right0.31
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left36
Right53

Applies to 2015 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 C class was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz as part of side crash test verification.

NOTE: There will be no precrash photo until we acquire a car for AEB testing.

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 vehicle2015 Mercedes-Benz C 400 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,801 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length185 in.
Width71 in.
Engine3.0 L turbocharged V6
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 29 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1417
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.
-20.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1417
Head HIC-15228
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)40
Lateral force (kN)1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)35
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.56
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.51
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.4
Acetabulum force (kN)1.2
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)36
A-P moment (Nm) 74

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1417
Head HIC-15225
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)34
Lateral force (kN)1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)22
Average deflection (mm)18
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)1.94
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.19
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)33
A-P moment (Nm) 51

Applies to 2015 models

System details

  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
1 point total

Forward collision warning

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

Low-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2015 models

System details

  • Optional Pre-Safe Brake
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Basic
autobrake
not tested
with optional
equipment
1 point total

Forward collision warning

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

Low-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2015 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim300
Seat type leather

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.

123


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
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
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)0-2
Force (lbs)3.9
Clearance angle (degrees)69
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)2.3
Clearance angle (degrees)60
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
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
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)4.5
Clearance angle (degrees)56
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)0-2
Force (lbs)5.3
Clearance angle (degrees)69
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

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