2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class  RealSafeCars82Safety Rating

#24 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#69 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The C-Class, part 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. The C-Class has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 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 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a score of 82, implying a 0.039% chance of driver death (3.5% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.034%, and the chance of injury falls to 3%.

We estimate that the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0392% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.4763%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0392% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.4763% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 16% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 22% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. Active safety systems that are standard on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class include: Active Brake Assist with Cross Traffic Function and Active Blind Spot Assist.

Another safety feature seems simpler but should still be considered. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9080M.-B. C-ClassAudi A4BMW 3 SeriesAlfa Romeo GiuliaLexus RCVolvo V60BMW X3A. A4 Allroad (Wagon)BMW 2 SeriesHyundai Genesis G70Volvo S60Audi A5Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 80 to 90. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is less safe than the 2021 Audi A5, the 2021 Volvo S60, the 2021 Hyundai Genesis G70, the 2021 BMW 2 Series, the 2021 Audi A4 Allroad (Wagon), the 2021 BMW X3, the 2021 Volvo V60, the 2021 Lexus RC, and the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia. It is about as safe as the 2021 Audi A4.

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