Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2002

270 CD , large off-roader

Test Date: Nov 2002

Mercedes-Benz M-Class crash test picture Crash Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Front-impact score
Side-impact score
Seat belt reminder
Total score
10 (63.0%)
18 (100.0%)
Pedestrian Star Rating Pedestrian Rating 1 Star
Pedestrian-test score 4 (11.0%)

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The M-Class is an older design with its main market in the USA where there is a requirement to protect both belted and unbelted drivers; so the design philosophy differs for vehicles that are designed solely for the European market. This particularly affected the knee impact zone where a bolster is fitted which can cause undue loads to the legs. The M-Class has a sound vehicle structure that provides protection for the occupants. However the restraint system caused high loads on the driver and passengers’ chests. The side protection was particularly good with a standard head airbag. Apart from the protection offered to the older child’s head in the frontal impact, the child restraints worked reasonably well. The pedestrian protection was dire.

Driver head - Adequate
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Marginal
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
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 - Marginal
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Marginal Passenger left femur - Marginal
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 - 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 WDBXXXXXXXX408960