The new Renault Megane has scored a maximum 37 points in its Euro NCAP test.
The Nissan Qashqai is the only other vehicle to achieve the maximum score. Due to new headrests and a collection of other safety features, the new Megane has joined the Qashqai as the equal highest scoring car in the industry-wide benchmark.
In total, six airbags have been fitted to the new Renault Megane, with two twin-chamber thorax/groin airbags in addition to ‘intelligent’ side-impact sensors first used on the latest Laguna.
The new design of the headrest will also leave the Megane in a favourable position for the upcoming revised Euro NCAP tests. The revised headrests allow the passenger’s head to sink further into the curved headrest, decreasing the probability of damage to the neck vertebrae.
The revised rating system is scheduled to be introduced in February next year. These will include a single overall star rating rather than the current system of three categories.