Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Mercedes-Benz E-class 2003

220CDI , Saloon

Test Date: Nov 2002

Mercedes-Benz E-class crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
13 (81.0%)
18 (100.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 1 Star
Pedestrian-test score 4 (11.0%)

Compare with other cars in the Executive Car category

The new E-Class has a car body that is extremely stable and provides good protection for occupants. The chest loads were on the high side despite the fitment of dual stage load limiters to the seat belts. The child protection is of a high order with the child restraints meeting almost all of the Euro NCAP performance limits. However the pedestrian protection is very poor and this aspect of safety protection still needs to be taken seriously by Mercedes. The E Class has an intelligent seat belt reminder system for both the driver and front seat passenger. During the initial pole test the deploying head curtain airbag interacted with the door pillar trim. However Mercedes have corrected this problem and they were allowed to retest the modified car.

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate 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 - Adequate Passenger left femur - Adequate
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good, Pole test - Pass
Side impact chest - Adequate
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 WDB211XXXXA183000