2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class  RealSafeCars85Safety Rating

#8 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#29 of all 2018 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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2018 and Apple CarPlay since 2019. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is above 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 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a score of 85, implying a 0.035% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.03%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.7%.

We estimate that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0348% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9748%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0348% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9748% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 25% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 31% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9469Kia CadenzaINFINITI Q50Volvo V60Acura TLXLexus ES-350Lexus RCBMW 2 SeriesM.-B. C-ClassAudi A4BMW 3 SeriesLexus ISAcura RDXComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 69 to 94. The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is safer than the 2018 Kia Cadenza, the 2018 INFINITI Q50, the 2018 Volvo V60, the 2018 Acura TLX, the 2018 Lexus ES-350, the 2018 Acura RDX, and the 2018 Lexus IS and less safe than the 2018 Lexus RC. It is about as safe as the 2018 BMW 3 Series and the 2018 Audi A4.

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