Some of the world’s major carmakers are feeling the pressure from new Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) crash testing standards, with four earning just three star results following the latest round of testing.
For Renault, its face-lifted Megane - which first appeared as an all-new model in 2008 - was criticised for a lack of technology in the ‘Safety Assist’ section, but was rated ‘good’ or ‘adequate’ in front offset, side car and side pole testing.
Renault could argue a ‘technicality’ on its rear seatbelt reminder system, which was basically deemed non-existent for using text to inform the driver of rear seatbelt status, rather than universally-recognisable symbols.
Euro NCAP marked the Megane down on its rear seatbelt system and a lack of other technologies (such as lane assist and autonomous braking), saying the result would have been 4-stars if the seatbelt warning system met the Program’s requirements.
Citroen’s C-Elysee and its twin the Peugeot 301 also came away with 3-star ratings, scoring less than then Megane for Safety Assist (33 percent – the Megane scored 48 percent), and the MG3 was also marked-down in the same area, scoring 38 percent.
The Golf triumphed over its peers by offering optional autonomous braking, standard post-collision braking and standard driver fatigue detection, scoring 73 percent for Safety Assist.
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