Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Mercedes-Benz M-Class 2011

ML 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC , 5 door SUV

Test Date: Oct 2011

Mercedes-Benz M-Class crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 96%
Child Occupant 75%
Pedestrian 60%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Large SUV category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
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 - 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 for the knees and femurs of both driver and front passenger. Mercedes Benz showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and those sat in different positions. The M Class scored maximum points in the side barrier test. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest was adequate and that of all other body areas was good. The front seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag can be disabled only by child restraints equipped with Mercedes Benz's automtic sensor system, known as CPOD. As there is no way of disabling the airbag for other rearward-facing restraints, the system was not rewarded by Euro NCAP. Permanently attached labels provided clear warnings of the dangers of using that seating position without first disabling the airbag.


The M Class has an 'active' bonnet. Sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and actuators lift the rear of the bonnet to provide greater clearance to hard structures underneath. Mercedes demonstrated that the system would deploy correctly for a wide range of pedestrian statures, and over a broad speed range. In all areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult, the bonnet provided good protection. In the areas likely to be struck by a child's head, protection was mixed, with areas of good, marginal and poor performance. The protection offered by the front edge of the bonnet to pedestrians was poor.

Safety assist

The M Class has electronic stability control as standard, as well a seatbelt reminder system for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A driver-set speed limitation device is standard equipment but did not meet Euro NCAP's requirements.

Applies to all M-Class of the specification tested