Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon (2014 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Gareth Evans on
Last Updated: 26 May 2016
This is the next generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon, the firm’s popular premium executive saloon. It now shares much of its technology with the flagship Mercedes product – the S-Class.

5 out of 5



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As you’d expect from a firm famous for it, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon safety is right at the top of its class. In Euro NCAP crash testing the C-Class has been awarded five stars out of five overall, with a 92 percent score for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection and 77 percent for pedestrian safety.

There are seven airbags as standard, while a further two in the rear can be ordered as optional extras.

Other standard equipment includes Attention Assist (which warns the driver if the car senses they’re tired) and Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which can autonomously brake the vehicle.

The bodyshell itself is constructed of far higher strength (yet lighter) metals than on the previous C-Class, which serves to mitigate the effects of any collision.

Optional safety kit includes radar-guided cruise control, BAS Plus (which can detect crossing traffic and stationary vehicles before automatically braking) and lane-keeping assistance, which will steer and brake should you stray out of your lane by mistake.

4.5 out of 5


You shouldn’t be too concerned with Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon reliability. It’s a car that’s been built using well-known tech from other cars in the range, and as such the engines and gearboxes should prove very resilient.

The cabin feels beautifully screwed-together and the materials are of a noticeably higher quality than most rivals.

There weren’t any major recalls of the previous generation of C-Class, and since much of the electrical technology has been tested in other Mercedes models we’d hope you won’t get many issues there either.

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