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2016 Mercedes C-Class

Midsize luxury/near luxury car
2015 Mercedes C class shown
2015 Mercedes C class shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G

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

Headlights
P

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2016
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
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 2015-16 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.

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 2015-16 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.

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 2015-16 models

System details

  • Optional Pre-Safe Brake
  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist 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
Superior
5 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, impact speed was reduced by 14 mph.
2 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Lighting package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
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.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the straightaway.

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

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves and on both right curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium 2 package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED 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 fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams never created excessive 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 inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen 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 created excessive 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 inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Lighting package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge75.1 mNo
Straightaway left edge32.2 mNo
250m radius right curve, right edge52.8 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge32.7 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge44.8 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge38.0 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge172.4 m
Straightaway left edge141.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge68.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge70.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge50.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge54.9 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Premium 2 package
Low-beam headlight typeLED projector
High-beam headlight typeLED reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge86.0 mYes
Straightaway left edge37.9 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge50.1 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge38.1 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge45.6 mYes
150m radius left curve, right edge37.8 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge136.9 m
Straightaway left edge100.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge63.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge57.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge54.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge47.4 m

Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen reflector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge47.2 mYes
Straightaway left edge20.2 mYes
250m radius right curve, right edge44.2 mYes
250m radius left curve, left edge25.9 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge32.2 mYes
150m radius left curve, left edge25.0 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge156.0 m
Straightaway left edge136.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge57.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge54.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge40.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge41.5 m

Applies to 2015-16 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trimC 300
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
Clearance angle (degrees)69
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)2
Clearance angle (degrees)61
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
Clearance angle (degrees)56
Lower anchor B
Depth (cm)0-2
Force (lbs)5
Clearance angle (degrees)70
Tether anchor
LocationRear deck
Confusing hardware presentNo
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
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

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