Euro NCAP Crash Tests: Phase 12 Results

New Renault Espace


Euro NCAP confirms Renault's expertise with best ever score for New Espace IV and Laguna re-confirmed as safest in class

The independent organisation EuroNCAP has awarded a maximum five-star rating to New Espace IV, which now has the same rating as Laguna II (2001), Mégane II (2002) and Vel Satis (2002). Espace IV obtained the highest score ever in Euro NCAP testing, with 35.11 points out of a maximum 37, making it the safest car on the road as tested by EuroNCAP. This result obviously confirms Espace IV as the safest car to put seven people, as Espace IV is the latest version of Renault’s upmarket MPV.

Laguna II has regained the place it held as the "safest car in the class", totalling 34.11/37 points thanks to recognition of its seatbelt reminder alarm – worth one point - which has actually been a driver’s seat feature since July 2001. Its crash test scores alone were never beaten by the Toyota Avensis.

Proof of Renault’s expertise and its excellent across-the-range performance in safety, a Renault vehicle has once again been awarded the maximum 5-star rating in the EuroNCAP tests. During the multi-make test phases held each year, new Renault models have attained successively higher thresholds:

  • 2001: Laguna II became the first vehicle to obtain the maximum 5-star rating in the EuroNCAP crash tests
  • 2002: Mégane II became the first C segment vehicle to obtain the EuroNCAP 5 stars
  • Vel Satis obtained a EuroNCAP 5 star score and best in Executive class
  • 2003: Espace IV obtained the 5-star rating, breaking the 35-point barrier for the first time in EuroNCAP history
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Published 20 July 2003 Melanie Carter

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