The new Renault Clio has been awarded a five star rating in the latest Euro NCAP results. Scoring best in class for child protection, pedestrian protection and safety equipment.
The new Clio scored 88% Adult Protection, 89% Child Protection, 66% Pedestrian Protection and 99% for Safety Assist.
Which compares very favourably to the Audi A1 which scored 90% Adult Protection, 79% Child Protection, 49% Pedestrian Protection and 86% for Safety Assist when tested recently.
In a head-on impact, the Clio’s front occupants are protected by two high-efficiency airbags, as well as by seat belts equipped with pretensioners and load limiters calibrated at 400daN.
The rear seats are equipped with an anti-submarining hump and three three-point seat belts with load limiter.
Meanwhile, ‘Fix4sure’ technology is a Renault innovation that has been developed to combat submarining (whereby passengers slide beneath their seat belt in a head-on impact). All New Clio’s occupants are protected against this phenomenon thanks to a special hump in each seat cushion, as well as by the low position of the seat belt buckles.
The new Clio has three-point Isofix child seat anchorage for the front passenger seat and outer rear seats. We would always recommend using Isofix child seats – and to have fixings for the front seat is good news. We are pleased to see that ABS and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) are both standard.
Renault has had a very good track record of improving car safety over the last 10 years, in some ways perhaps more than Volvo. Even with the more stringent procedures from Euro NCAP put in place in January 2012, Renault remains at the forefront in the safety stakes.Published 4 September 2012