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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, front impacts; five stars, side impacts
Good" for front impacts
full load of safety equipment
a complete set of safety gear with some essential AMG tweaks
Both NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) have tested the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the results fall a bit shy of what TheCarConnection.com has come to expect from the brand. The federal agency gives it a four-star grade for frontal protection, but five-star ratings in side impact. The IIHS, conversely, calls the C-Class "good" for front-impact protection, but hasn't tested its side-impact strength.
The C63 AMG comes equipped with dual front, side, curtain, and pelvic airbags, and it offers a rearview camera and rear-seat side airbags. BusinessWeek reports anti-lock brakes and stability control are standard. And they, along with most other sources, note the stability control can be disabled for track driving.
J.D. Power reports the 2010 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG employs one of the most advanced accident-avoidance systems available. Called PRE-SAFE, this is a "preventative occupant protection system" that combines several electronic safety systems to prepare the vehicle for a crash. PRE-SAFE tightens seatbelts, opens windows a bit, and prepares the brakes for an emergency by using sensors to predict rapid acceleration or deceleration that typically happens prior to an accident.
Visibility is better than in most sports cars, according to reviews researched by TheCarConnection.com. Cars.com says the combination of "power seat adjustments and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel" make it "easy to find a comfortable driving position that affords good forward, side and rear visibility."
Occupants enjoy great standard safety equipment in the 2010 Mercedes- Benz C63 AMG, but crash-test scores are a little less than perfect.