Top Safety Pick

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door sedan
2010 Mercedes E class shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

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

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2010-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 4-door

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Mercedes-Benz as part of frontal crash test verification.

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

Side

Rating applies to 2010-16 models built after April 2010

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 4-door with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2010 models built after April 2010, design changes were made to the front and rear door trim to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
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 airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,880 lbs
Peak force 20,961 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.40

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-16 models

Seat type: Seats with auto-adjust head restraint AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry