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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good," frontal offset
Four stars, front impact; five stars, side impact
adaptive braking that can tell the difference between a regular stop and a panic stop
If not for the four-star rating in front impact tests, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class would be right at the top of the safety list. New for 2009 are the standard pelvic airbags. Bringing the total amount of supplemental restraints to eight, the new airbags work in conjunction with the curtain and side airbags.
After subjecting the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class to its battery of tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards it four out of five stars for front impact protection and five stars for side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) corroborates those results; the independent agency awards the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class its highest rating, "good," for frontal offset collisions. The frontal offset test is the only one conducted by the IIHS.
Good crash-test results aren't the only safety aspect consumers use to judge a car's safety. Mercedes knows this, so a wealth of safety features is built into the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Edmunds says that the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with "a full load of standard safety equipment, including front side airbags, full-length curtain airbags," and a convenient "brake drying" system that activates automatically when the windshield wipers start up. MotherProof reviewers devote significant space to listing the "safety highlights of the C-Class," which "include a standard electronic stability system, active head restraints," and "adaptive braking that can tell the difference between a regular stop and a panic stop."
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class also gives ample visibility to drivers and passengers alike. ConsumerGuide attests "there's little problem seeing around the tall but narrow front headrests and slender rear roof pillars,” and Car and Driver raves about the "outstanding forward sightlines.”
Mercedes-Benz's reputation for safety continues with the 2009 C-Class' safety features and is supported by crash-test ratings.