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MERCEDES-BENZ CLA-Class 2019

The 2019 Mercedes Benz CLA prior to crash testing.

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5 star ANCAP rated 2019

The Mercedes-Benz CLA was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in July 2019. This ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants except the AMG CLA35 which is unrated.


Test Results Summary
Crash TestScore
Adult Occupant Protection 36.63 out of 38
    Frontal Offset Test 7.42 out of 8
    Full Width Frontal Test 7.99 out of 8
    Side Impact Test 7.50 out of 8
    Oblique Pole Test 8 out of 8
    Whiplash Protection Test 1.72 out of 2
    AEB (City) 4 out of 4
Child Occupant Protection 45.38 out of 49
Safety Assist 9.98 out of 13
    Speed Assistance Systems 2.88 out of 3
    Seat Belt Reminders 2.50 out of 3
    Lane Support Systems 2.25 out of 4
    AEB (Interurban) 2.36 out of 3
Vulnerable Road User Protection 44.08 out of 48
    AEB (Pedestrian) 5.83 out of 6
    AEB (Cyclist) 6 out of 6

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 frontal airbags, side chest-protecting airbags for both the first and second row outboard seating positions, side head-protecting airbags (curtains), and a driver knee airbag are standard.

Autonomous emergency braking (City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User) as well as lane keep assist (LKA) with lane departure warning (LDW) and blind spot monitor (BSM) are standard equipment.

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Frontal Offset Crash Test Results

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 7.42 pts (out of 8)
Head/Neck 4 pts
Chest 3.64 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts
Lower Legs 3.63 pts

The passenger compartment of the Mercedes-Benz CLA remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated ADEQUATE protection of the driver’s chest and the lower legs of both the driver and front passenger, with GOOD protection offered to all other body regions.

What is frontal offset test?

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Side Impact Test Results

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 7.5 pts (out of 8)
Head 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

GOOD protection was provided for the driver in the side impact test and oblique pole test, however during the side impact test the rear door was found to have opened and a penalty was applied.

What is side impact test?

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Full Width Frontal Test

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Driver* pts (out of )
Head 4 pts
Neck 4 pts
Chest 3.94 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts
Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Rear Passenger* pts (out of )
Head 4 pts
Neck 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts

In the full width frontal test, protection was rated as ADEQUATE for the chest of the driver, otherwise GOOD protection was offered to all other critical body regions for both the driver and rear passenger.

What is full width frontal test?

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Pole Test

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Pole* pts (out of )
Head 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts
What is pole test?

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Whiplash Protection Test

Rear: 0.50 points

Front: 1.22 points

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Child Protection Test

In the frontal offset test, protection of the 6 year and 10 year dummies was GOOD for all critical body areas.

In the side impact test, protection of the head of the 10 year dummy was ADEQUATE while that of other body areas of both the 6 year and 10 year dummies was GOOD.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is fitted with lower ISOFix anchorages on the rear outboard seats and top tether anchorages for all rear seating positions.

Installation of typical child restraints available in Australia and New Zealand showed most child restraints could be accommodated in most rear seating positions, though one of the selected booster seats could not be correctly installed in the outboard rear seating positions.

Pedestrian Summary

The Mercedes-Benz CLA has an ‘active’ bonnet. Sensors detect when a pedestrian is struck and actuators lift the bonnet to provide greater clearance to stiff components in the engine bay. The CLA was tested with the bonnet in the raised position and GOOD or ADEQUATE results were recorded over most of the bonnet area with some POOR results recorded around the windscreen pillars. Protection of the pelvis area was GOOD, while the bumper also showed GOOD results for leg impacts.

The autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system is capable of detecting and reacting to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. Testing of this system showed GOOD performance in pedestrian test scenarios, in both daylight and low light, and in cyclist test scenarios. Overall, the system’s effectiveness for vulnerable road user protection was rated as GOOD.


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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
6.9 L/100km 162 g/km

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