2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan
2001 Mercedes E class 4-door sedan shown


Rating overview
Moderate overlap front: original test


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Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2000-02 models built after January 2000

Tested vehicle: 2001 Mercedes-Benz E 430 4-door

The Mercedes E class was redesigned for the 1996 model year.

All 1997 and later E class models manufactured after January 1997 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. Additional structural changes were made beginning with 2000 E class models manufactured after January 2000 (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).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver 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 well.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

A strong safety cage helped keep the tire out of the driver footwell area, maintaining the integrity of the occupant compartment. Crumpled structure in front of the occupant compartment indicates where the crash energy was absorbed.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CF00027
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 13
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 14
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 8
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 5
Rearward (cm) -4
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CF00027
HIC-15 206
Peak gs at hard contact negligible
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 40
Maximum Nij 0.53
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur force - left (kN) 6.1
Femur force - right (kN) 4.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 11
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.69
Maximum tibia index - right 0.70
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 99
Right 77

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

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