Renault and Peugeot engineers should be feeling smug after their new Clio and 1007 superminis returned five-star performances in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, announced in Tockholm, Sweden, today (June 28).
Innovations such as intelligent seat belt reminders for rear seat occupants helped the Peugeot 1007 achieve the highest ever score for adult occupant protection, with three-star child protection and two-star pedestrian protection taking it straight to the top of the supermini class. The third-generation Renault Clio also managed a five-star occupant protection rating, the eighth Renault to receive the top award.
In the executive car class, the Lexus GS300 was awarded Best in Class for adult occupant protection, with the Mercedes A-Class receiving the same accolade in the small family car class.
As usual, it was pedestrian safety ratings that proved a let-down, with the Clio and new BMW 3-series receiving just one star. Only Honda’s FR-V and the new Suzuki Swift managed a three-star rating in this tough category.