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MERCEDES-BENZ M-Class 2012

3.5 litre petrol V6 variants

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Crash TestScoreMaximum Score
Overall Score36.34out of 37
Frontal Offset test15.34out of 16
Side impact test16out of 16
Pole test (Optional)2out of 2
Bonus points3out of 3
Data suplied by euroNCAP


The tested model of Mercedes-Benz M-Class was introduced in Australia during 2011. This ANCAP rating currently applies to variants with a 3.5 litre petrol V6 engine. Further technical information is being sought about other variants.

The M-Class scored 15.34 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver and passenger and a slight risk of serious leg injury for the passenger.

The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the pole test.

Important note: The left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.


Safety Feature Summary

The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer.

Dual front airbags, side airbags, head-protecting side curtains and a driver knee airbag are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Intelligent seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats. Pre-SAFE collision preparation system is standard. A reversing camera is available.

Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.

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Frontal Offset Crash Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 15.34 pts (out of 16)
Head/Neck 4 pts
Chest 3.53 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts
Lower Legs 3.81 pts

The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved forwards by 1mm. The accelerator pedal moved upwards 26mm. The steering wheel hub moved 27mm forward, 27mm downward and 1mm sideways. The front ("A") pillar moved 2mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the all doors could be opened with normal effort.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag. There were no knee hazards.

What is frontal offset test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Side Impact Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 16 pts (out of 16)
Head 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

The side impact test simulates a small car striking the driver's door of the vehicle under test. It is based on a regulation test but the regulation does not apply to vehicles with a high seat height like the M-Class. Experience shows that such vehicles can be expected to perform well in this test and the M-Class scored full marks.

The vehicle was eligible for a pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The vehicle earned the maximum two points in this test.

What is side impact test?

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Pedestrian Summary

Child head impacts 5.42
Adult head impacts 12
Upper leg impacts Zero
Lower leg impacts 4

Total (out of 36) 21.42

The M Class has an 'active' bonnet. In all areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult, the bonnet provided good protection. In the areas likely to be struck by a child's head, protection was mixed, with areas of good, marginal and poor performance. The protection offered by the front edge of the bonnet to pedestrians was poor.


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Pedestrian Rating - please view table for scores

Green Vehicle Guide

Combined Fuel Consumption CO2 Greenhouse Rating Air Pollution Rating Overall Rating
8.9 L/100km 208 g/km 6 Greenhouse Rating 6 /10 7.5 Air Pollution Rating 7.5 /10 3.5-Star Overall Rating

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