9 September 2004

Renault's Modus mini-MPV has become the first sub C-segment car to score five stars in crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP. It registered 32.84 points out of a maximum 37, beating every other small car on sale and becoming the seventh Renault in two years to record a five-star performance.

Until now, the best results that anything smaller than Vauxhall's new Astra could attain had been achieved by the Honda Jazz - a close rival for the Modus. Earlier this year, the Japanese hatch got four stars in front and side impacts, plus three stars in pedestrian and child occupant protection.

Its new competitor, driven in this week's magazine, goes one better in two respects, but was less effective in protecting those outside of the car. Five stars in front and side impacts, and the four in child occupant protection, are both firsts for a supermini; only one star for pedestrian protection, however, will be a disappointment for its maker. Likewise, it's worthwhile noting that the Modus' crash safety is dependent on specification - curtain airbags aren't included on the entry-level Authentique version.

The platform which underpins the Modus will go on to form the basis of the new Clio next year; the current version, and the Kangoo, and the only remaining four-star Renault passenger cars.

The Modus goes on sale tomorrow (10 September), from £9250. Expression trim, which includes six adaptive airbags, comes in at £9650, in 1.2-litre 16-valve form.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic