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2005 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan

Large luxury car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
2003 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan shown
2003 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan shown
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
Automatically adjusting head restraints in front seats move up or down as seats are adjusted forward or rearward
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes
6
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
A
G
2008
G
A
G
2007
G
A
G
2006
G
G
2005
G
A
2004
G
A
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
A
1998
A
1997
A

Applies to 2003-06 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
A
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Mercedes E Class was redesigned for the 2003 model year. 2003 E Class models manufactured after December 2002 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. (Note: Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door.)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of an E Class with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

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 B-pillar/window frame hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head moved partway out the open window and hit the B-pillar and window frame.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Mercedes E 500 4-door
Weight 3,942 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase112 in.
Length190 in.
Width71 in.
Engine5.0 L V8
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 23 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0308
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)7
Center (cm)9
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)1
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0308
Head
HIC-15230
Peak gs at hard contact40
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)24
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm)35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.8
Femur force - right (kN)2.4
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.45
Maximum tibia index - right0.71
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left48
Right60

Applies to 2004-05 models

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

Seat type

Seats with auto-adjust head restraints

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with auto-adjust head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm)30
Distance below top of head (mm)5
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.8
Head contact time (ms)63
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)126
Max neck tension (N)813

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