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2003 Mercedes M class

Midsize luxury SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
1999 Mercedes M class shown
1999 Mercedes M class shown
1
Side airbags: front door-mounted torso airbags; rear door-mounted torso airbags (beginning with 2000 models); front and rear head curtain airbags (beginning with 2002 models)
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights (dealer programmable, beginning with 2003 models)
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
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
2006
G
G
M
2005
G
2004
G
2003
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G

Applies to 1999-2005 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
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 M class was introduced in the 1998 model year. All M class models manufactured after March 1999 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal 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 a 1999 ML 320 with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

A redesigned M class has been introduced for the 2006 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, chest, and legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on the neck indicate that injuries to the neck would be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle1999 Mercedes ML 320 4wd
Weight 4,445 lbs.
Side airbagsfront door-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase111 in.
Length181 in.
Width72 in.
Engine3.2 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 21 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCF99012
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)12
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)6
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)-1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)2

Driver injury measures

Test IDCF99012
Head
HIC-15308
Peak gs at hard contact66
Neck
Tension (kN)2.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)34
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm)42
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.5
Femur force - right (kN)1.8
Knee displacement - left (mm)7
Knee displacement - right (mm)8
Maximum tibia index - left0.48
Maximum tibia index - right0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.7
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left69
Right62

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