It’s becoming something of a habit at Renault – 5 star NCAP Ratings. And the Renault Megane has just achieved the equal highest Euro NCAP score of 37 points (shared with the Nissan Quashqai) in the latest round of tests.
You’ve got to admire Renault. Their cars aren’t the most expensive in the world, and quite frankly the perceived build quality is not up there with the best. But when it comes to safety they are a hard act to beat.
The Megane now makes this 11 NCAP 5 star ratings for Renault. It’s clear that Renault has set out to engineer this degree of safety in to the car from the ground up, and both its active and passive safety is class leading.
The Renault System for Restraint provides pre-tensioners and load-limiters, together with adaptive front air bags and clever headrests. Add to this things like ESP, ASR, ABS and emergency brake distribution as standard, and you have just about the safest car in its class.
A spokesman for NCAP said:
This is the last time that Euro NCAP will release results under its current rating system, before the organisation’s new rating system is launched in February 2009. Of the twelve vehicles whose results are released today, eight received Euro NCAP’s maximum award of five stars.
All of which means that Renault will forever be the class leader of the Euro NCAP under its current programme.
If only they built cars that felt as well made as they are safe. Or maybe that’s just our feeling. Perhaps it’s time we had another play with a Renault.