2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#12 of 2016 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#32 of all 2016 vehicles

Pictured: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The C-Class, a mainstay of Mercedes-Benz's lineup since 1994, is a large sedan/hatchback/wagon with seating up to 5. The C-Class provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2018 and Apple CarPlay since 2019. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.033%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.9%.

We estimate that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.038% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.3359%, meaning the average driver has a 0.038% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.3359% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 19% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 25% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

But it is safer than many comparable models.

8671Volvo S60INFINITI Q50Acura TLXNissan MaximaVolkswagen CCCadillac ATSVolvo S80BMW 3 SeriesM.-B. C-ClassAudi A6Audi A4Lexus ISComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 71 to 86. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is safer than the 2016 Volvo S60, the 2016 INFINITI Q50, the 2016 Acura TLX, the 2016 Nissan Maxima, the 2016 Volkswagen CC, the 2016 Cadillac ATS, the 2016 Lexus IS, and the 2016 Audi A4. It is about as safe as the 2016 Audi A6, the 2016 BMW 3 Series, and the 2016 Volvo S80.

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