The C-Class outperforms the "benchmark" for safety, the Volvo lineup. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's review of the Benz C-class gives it a perfect score, something the Volvo's and BMW's don't get.
Don't ever let anyone tell you that "bigger is safer"!OVERALL EVALUATION: GOOD The driver space was maintained very well in the frontal offset crash test, and measures indicate that significant injury was unlikely. Advanced front airbag and safety belt systems, side airbags with head protection, automatically adjusting head restraints, a stability control system, and daytime running lights are pluses.
STRUCTURE/SAFETY CAGE: GOOD There was minimal intrusion into the driver footwell area and no rearward movement of the instrument panel.
RESTRAINTS/DUMMY KINEMATICS: GOOD Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head contacted the B-pillar.
INJURY MEASURES: GOOD Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injury to these body regions. Head acceleration from the B-pillar contact was low.