Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2001

C180 , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Jun 2001

Mercedes-Benz C-Class crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
14 (88.0%)
17 (94.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 2 Stars
Pedestrian-test score 12 (33.0%)

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

Extra points awarded for the way the C-class reminds its passengers to buckle their seat belts have now made it the second car ever to gain a five-star crash protection rating (14 front plus 17 side plus 2 for seatbelts = 33 points). Results for the C-class were published last year and it achieved four stars. But Euro NCAP has since changed its scoring system to encourage car makers to fit seat-belt warnings. Generally, the C-class proved to be a strong car that protected its occupants. The driver's door could be opened normally after the frontal impact and the footwell was undeformed. The head airbag curtain provided protection in our test but did not deploy fully, which was judged as a possible problem in other accident configurations.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Marginal
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
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 - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good, Pole test - Marginal performance
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Adequate
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Second car to achieve 5 stars (thanks to 2 extra points for seatbelt reminder systems). The five star rating applies from VIN WDB 203 xxxx A 401 701  and  WDB 203 xxxx F 307 988