2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights


  • G
  • A
  • M
  • P
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2001-07 models

Tested vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz C 320 4-door

The Mercedes C class was redesigned for the 2001 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and head restraint during rebound. Head accelerations from these hits were low.

There was little change in the position of the dummy's feet following the crash test. Footwell intrusion was minimal, and injury risk was low.


Rating applies to 2005 models

Tested vehicle: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C 240 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and rear door-mounted torso airbags

The Mercedes C class was redesigned for the 2001 model year. Modifications were made to the front seats and side airbags beginning with 2005 models to improve occupant protection in side-impact crashes. Beginning with 2006 models, the side airbags designed to protect rear passengers' torsos became optional (standard in 2005 models).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side curtain airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was protected by the side curtain airbag. Also shown is the door-mounted torso airbag, standard on the tested 2005 model, but optional beginning in 2006.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2004-05 models

Seat type: Seats with auto-adjust head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry