2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

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 2006-11 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML 500 4-door 4wd

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Moderate overlap 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 2006 models

Tested vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML 350 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front and optional rear seat-mounted torso airbags

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class was redesigned for the 2006 model year. Beginning with 2007 models, side torso airbags were made standard for second row seat occupants (they were optional in 2006 models).

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 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 airbag.

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2006 models

Seat type: Seats without auto-adjust head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Rating applies to 2006 models

Seat type: Seats with auto-adjust head restraints

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry