With five whole stars at EuroNCAP's test and "good" marks at the IIHS, the new W204 C-Klasse is one of the safest cars in its class, if not the safest. At least when it comes to passive safety, that is. The very stiff safety cell (from the inventors of the safety cell, remember) together with intricate crumple zones weren't the only things that made the "C" receive top marks, as the standard array of airbags is also more than helpful in the unfortunate situation of an accident.
No less than seven airbags are fitted on the car in standard: two frontal airbags with dual-stage, two side thorax airbags, two head airbags that stretch from the front to the rear and a knee airbag for the driver. Two more thorax airbags are available as an option for the rear passengers, which would bring the total number available to nine.
As far as the active safety features go, the C 200 CGI we tested is as equipped as a C 350 or even the C 63 AMG, since Mercedes has been including the electronic stability control in standard on all its cars for about a decade now. For the sake of argument, our test car was fitted with an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control with hill-start assist, anti-skid regulator and emergency braking assist. If that's not enough to calm the spirits about the C-Klasse's safety, we don't know what is.Continue reading