With a score of 37 points out of 37 in its Euro NCAP crash tests, the new Renault Megane has achieved the joint highest-ever score, matching that of QASHQAI, from sister company Nissan, last year.
The new Renault Megane becomes the 11th Renault model to earn the top five-star rating, which is unsurprising given that safety is in its genes. As a fundamental part of the car, its active and passive safety levels were developed from the outset to deliver new standards in its class. To that end, it incorporates a long list of features from Renault extensive experience in this field, including:
- twin side-impact sensors, an innovation that debuted with Renault Laguna III,
- six airbags, including two twin-chamber thorax/groin airbags,
- the Renault System for Restraint and Protection, which combines pretensioners and load limiters with twin-stage dual-chamber adaptive front airbags,
- new-generation headrests
ABS and Emergency Brake Distribution come as standard, while in the UK all versions also feature Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Anti-Skid Regulation (ASR) and additional understeer control.
Across its line-up, Renault builds safety into its cars based on real-world situations. It has done just that with the new Renault Megane, focusing both on technologies that 'prevent, correct, and protect' most effectively and on educating road-users.
The only vehicle manufacturer to have secured the five-star top rating 11 times, Renault makes safety a priority. The new Renault Megane's programmed deformation structure absorbs energy in the event of an impact to ensure the integrity of the cabin and the safety of its occupants. It incorporates materials and high, very high, and very, very high elastic steels for absorbing and dissipating as much kinetic energy as possible. Controlled deformation ensures that occupants are subjected to lower deceleration forces and, coupled with the third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection (SRP3), guarantees an extremely high level of protection.
The New Renault Megane's SRP3 is designed to adjust to the force of an impact and the build of the vehicle's occupants. It combines pretensioners for the front and rear seats, which prevent the body from being thrown forward on impact and tighten the strap against the thorax and lap; load limiters to reduce the pressure exerted by the strap on the thorax; and dual-chamber twin-stage adaptive airbags that deploy by just the right amount to absorb the remaining kinetic energy. SRP3 affords the best possible degree of protection against submarining - when the groin slides underneath the lap strap - which can cause extensive, and sometimes very serious, injury to the abdomen in the event of a collision.Published 25 November 2008