Mercedes E class 4-door2007-09 models
SIDE IMPACT TEST
|Injury measures||Head protection||Structure/safety cage|
Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Mercedes E class was re-engineered for the 2007 model year with an emphasis on improving occupant protection in side impact crashes. In the Institute’s initial test of a 2007 model, the car was rated Acceptable, primarily because of high forces recorded on the driver dummy's torso.
Beginning with 2007 models manufactured after May 2007, changes to the front door trim panels were made to further improve occupant protection in side impact crashes, so a test of the improved design was conducted (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). This test showed some reduction of the forces on the driver dummy's torso, but not enough to change the torso injury rating or the overall rating. Therefore the ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.
Driver — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures and a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity. In the first test, internal organ injuries would also be possible.
Rear passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
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.
Rear 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 and a side airbag that deployed from the door.
Left to right:
- View of the vehicle and barrier just after the second of two crash tests.
- View of the vehicle after the second crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.
- Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags (first test shown).
- Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side airbags (second test shown).
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags, front seat-mounted torso airbags, and rear door-mounted torso airbags
- Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
- Automatically adjusting head restraints in front seats move up or down as seats are adjusted forward or rearward
- Electronic stability control
- Antilock brakes
- Programmable daytime running lights
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2007 Mercedes E 350 4-door
- Class: Large luxury car
- Weight: 3,813 lbs.
- Side airbags: standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted and rear door-mounted torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 112 in.
- Length: 191 in.
- Width: 72 in.
- Engine: 3.5 L V6
- EPA ratings: 19 mpg city | 26 mpg highway