2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door sedan


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights


  • G
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  • 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 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4-door
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was redesigned for the 2008 model year. Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the C-Class were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Mercedes-Benz as part of frontal crash test verification. The overall rating of Good is based on review of both tests, which independently result in overall ratings of Good. The ratings, photos, and videos from the Institute’s test are shown.

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

Action shot taken during the Institute's moderate overlap frontal 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 (Institute test car shown).

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail, as indicated by smeared greasepaint in the Institute's test.

Forces on the left knee were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury in the Institute's test (shown). In Mercedes' test, forces on the right lower leg were just above the threshold indicating the possibility of injuries.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2008-14 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mercedes-Benz C 300 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,510 lbs
Peak force 18,826 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.36

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2008-14 models

Seat type: Power leather seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry