Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2014

C220 'Avantagarde' , 4 door saloon

Test Date: May 2014

Mercedes-Benz C-Class crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 92%
Child Occupant 84%
Pedestrian 77%
Safety Assist 70%

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
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 - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
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

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger dummies. Mercedes-Benz showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different statures and those sat in different positions. in the side barrier test, good protection was provided for all body regions and the car scored maximum points. In the side impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated a marginal level of protection for this part of the body. The protection offered by the front seats against whiplash injury in a rear-impact was good but a geometric assessment of the rear head restraints revealed a marginal level of protection.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag is automatically disabled when a rearwardfacing child restraint is placed on the passenger seat. The system is different from previous Mercedes-Benz systems which only worked with specific seats. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was awarded maximum points. All of the child restraints for which the car is designed could be properly fitted and accommondated by the car.


Nearly all of the tests performed on the bumper revealed a good level of protection being offered to pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in almost all tested areas and scored very few points. The C-Class has an 'active' bonnet for improved head protection. When an impact with a pedestrian is detected, actuators lift the bonnet, creating more space between it and the hard structures in the engine bay. Mercedes-Benz showed that the system worked robustly for pedestrians of different statures and at a wide range of speeds, so the system was tested in the deployed position. Results were good in almost all of the areas tested.

Safety assist

The C-Class has a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats which met Euro NCAP's requirements. Electronic stability control is also standard equipment. A driver-set speed limitation device is optional but is expected to be fitted to most of the cars sold so was included in the assessment. The system met Euro NCAP's requirements for systems of this type. Collision Prevention Assist PLUSŪ, fitted as standard equipment, is an autonomous braking system that works at low speeds typical of city driving and at higher speeds, typical of the open road. The system was effective at avoiding collisions up to certain speeds and mitigating them (lowering the severity of the impact) at higher speeds. 'Lane Departure Warning' is also available on the C-Class as an option, as is an active system to help keep the driver in the lane ('Lane Departure Protection'), but these did not meet Euro NCAP's fitment criteria for inclusion in the assessment.

Applies to all C-Classes of the specification tested