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2006 Mercedes M class

Midsize luxury SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags (rear torso airbags standard beginning with 2007 models, optional in 2006 models)
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Programmable 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
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 2006-11 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 M class was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes 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 vehicle2006 Mercedes ML 500 4wd
Weight 4,817 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length188 in.
Width75 in.
Engine5.0 L V8
EPA ratings14 mpg city / 19 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0604
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1
Left (cm)1
Center (cm)2
Right (cm)2
Brake pedal (cm)3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)-2
Right (cm)-2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-3
Rearward (cm)8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0604
Head
HIC-15205
Peak gs at hard contact20
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)10
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.1
Femur force - right (kN)3.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.71
Maximum tibia index - right0.59
Tibia axial force - left (kN)3.1
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left135
Right104

Applies to 2006 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
A
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 M class was redesigned for the 2006 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

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 and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

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 vehicle2006 Mercedes ML 350 4wd
Weight 4,758 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and optional rear seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase115 in.
Length188 in.
Width75 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings16 mpg city / 20 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0625
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.
-15.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0625
Head HIC-1575
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)39
Average deflection (mm)38
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.76
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.64
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.8
Acetabulum force (kN)1.1
Combined force (kN)1.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.6
L-M moment (Nm)165
A-P moment (Nm) 30

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0625
Head HIC-1528
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)9
Lateral force (kN)0.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)17
Average deflection (mm)13
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)1.27
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.08
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.0
Acetabulum force (kN)1.5
Combined force (kN)1.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)93
A-P moment (Nm) -14

Applies to 2006 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
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)65
Distance below top of head (mm)-10
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.9
Head contact time (ms)74
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)168
Max neck tension (N)695

Applies to 2006 models

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

Seat type

Seats without auto-adjust head restraints

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats without auto-adjust head restraints
Geometry
Backset (mm)62
Distance below top of head (mm)45
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.4
Head contact time (ms)81
Force ratingModerate
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)192
Max neck tension (N)791

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