Date of printing:

05/16/2022

Online Owner's Manual [In depth | Transporting loads with the vehicle | Loading guidelines]

Owner's Manual version: 06-13

Note: The online Owner's Manual is the latest version available. Deviations between this manual and items specific to your vehicle may occur since Mercedes-Benz constantly adapts its vehicles to the latest technology and modifies design and equipment. Please note that this online Owner's Manual does not under any circumstances replace the printed Owner's Manual which is supplied with the vehicle.

Loading guidelines

Important safety notes

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WARNING

When objects are unsecured or inadequately secured, they can slip, turn over or be thrown about, striking vehicle occupants. This also applies to:

  • luggage or loads

  • seats which have been removed and are being transported in the vehicle in an exceptional case.

There is a risk of injury, particularly in the event of braking manoeuvres or abrupt changes in direction.

Always stow objects in such a way that they cannot be tossed about. Before travelling, secure objects, luggage or load to prevent them slipping or tipping over. If you remove a seat, store it preferably outside the vehicle.

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WARNING

As a result of improperly placed or unevenly distributed loads, the centre of gravity of the load being transported may be too high or too far back. This can significantly impair handling as well as steering and braking characteristics. There is a risk of an accident.

Always make sure that the centre of gravity of the load is:

  • between the axles

    and

  • as low as possible, near the rear axle.

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WARNING

When the permissible wheel loads, axle loads and/or the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight are exceeded, driving safety is compromised. The handling as well as steering and braking characteristics may be significantly impaired. Overloaded tyres may overheat, causing them to burst. There is a risk of an accident.

When transporting a load, always observe the permissible wheel loads, axle loads and the maximum permissible gross vehicle weight for the vehicle (including occupants).

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If you are using a roof carrier, observe the maximum roof load and maximum roof carrier load.

  • Do not stack luggage or loads higher than the backrests.

  • Objects to be transported should preferably be stowed in the load compartment.

  • When transporting luggage, always use the lashing eyelets and a luggage net, if present.

  • Use lashing eyelets and fasteners which are suitable for the weight and size of the load.

Always observe the operating instructions of the respective manufacturer when using suitable load securing aids or lashing material and particularly the information on the end of service life contained in these Operating Instructions.

Load securing aids or lashing material must not be used if there is:

  • missing or illegible marking

  • yarn breaks, damage to load-bearing seams or other traces of cracking

  • cutting, deformations, squashed areas or other damage

  • damage to clamping elements or fasteners.

These types of load securing aids or lashing material are worn out; they should not be used and must be replaced. If you use load securing aids or lashing materials which are worn out, the load may not be sufficiently secured and could cause damage to property.

In the event of an accident, have a damaged luggage compartment floor or loading area, the lashing eyelets and the lashing material checked at a specialist workshop. Otherwise, the load may not be correctly secured the next time anything is stowed.

Even if you adhere to all the loading guidelines, an increased payload increases the risk of injury in the event of an accident. Observe the tips in the "Securing a load" more and "Load distribution" more sections.

You will find information about the maximum roof load and maximum tailgate load in the "Technical data" section more. You will find information about roof carriers in the "Carrier systems" section more.

Before loading

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The non-slip mats cannot be used for securing loads and must be replaced should the following become apparent:

  • signs of deformation or development of squashed areas

  • traces of cracking

  • cutting

Tyre pressure: check the tyre pressure and correct if necessary more.

Vehicles with ENR: lower the vehicle if necessary more.

Load compartment floor: clean the load compartment floor.

The load compartment floor must be free from oil and dust, dry and swept clean to prevent the load from slipping.

Place non-slip mats (anti-slip mats) on the load compartment floor if necessary.

When loading

Observe the permissible axle loads and permissible gross vehicle weight for your vehicle.

Take into account that your vehicle's unladen weight is increased if accessories or optional equipment are fitted. The maximum payload is thus reduced.

Observe the notes on load distribution more.

The overall centre of gravity of the load should always be as low as possible, centred and between the axles near the rear axle.

Secure the load more.

Always observe the relevant country-specific legal requirements, laws and regulations.

Checking the load

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WARNING

Combustion engines emit poisonous exhaust gases such as carbon monoxide. If the tailgate/rear door is open when the engine is running, particularly if the vehicle is moving, exhaust fumes could enter the passenger compartment. There is a risk of poisoning.

Turn off the engine before opening the tailgate/rear door. Never drive off with the tailgate/rear door open.

Securing loads: make sure that the load is secure before every journey and at regular intervals during a long journey, and correct it if necessary.

Doors/tailgate: close the sliding doors and tailgate/door.

Vehicles with ENR: select automatic mode more.

Headlamps: adjust the headlamp light cone if necessary. Adjust headlamp range more.

Tyre pressure: adjust the tyre pressure according to the vehicle load more.

Handling characteristics: adapt your driving style according to the load being transported.

Notes

Date of printing:

05/16/2022

Online Owner's Manual [In depth | Transporting loads with the vehicle | Loading guidelines]

Owner's Manual version: 06-13

Note: The online Owner's Manual is the latest version available. Deviations between this manual and items specific to your vehicle may occur since Mercedes-Benz constantly adapts its vehicles to the latest technology and modifies design and equipment. Please note that this online Owner's Manual does not under any circumstances replace the printed Owner's Manual which is supplied with the vehicle.