Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Mercedes-Benz A-class 1999

A140 Classic , 5 door hatch

Test Date: Mar 2000

Mercedes-Benz A-class crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
11 (69.0%)
16 (89.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Not Available
Pedestrian-test score Not Available

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Despite its one-of-a-kind styling and compact size (it occupies less road space than most superminis, even though it offers cabin space to rival family cars) the A-class performed well. Frontal-impact protection was good but more could be done to safeguard front occupant's legs. Passengers sit higher than usual and this helps in side impact. However, the struck-side front and rear doors opened in the side impact. This would have meant failure in the new side-impact regulations effective from October 1998. In the original test, the car had side airbags: Mercedes had said they were standard in all EU markets. The test car was purchased in the Netherlands, where side airbags are standard. Subsequently the A-class was found to be available in Portugal, Spain, France, and Ireland without these airbags. When challenged Mercedes said they'd made a mistake and they paid for a re-test. This showed that the first result was too high by 0.14 of one point. The car retains its four-star rating. The re-test also showed that modifications to prevent the doors opening were successful.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Marginal Driver left lower leg - Marginal
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Adequate
Side impact pelvis - Good
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor
Rating applies from VIN WDB 168J210000. Includes optional side air bag.

Rating applies from VIN WDB 168J210000