Renault Clio tops crash test ratings

After testing 36 vehicles across 2012 the safety organisation has named the safest cars of the year and the Clio has come out top of its segment.

Out of all of the vehicles, six managed to achieve five-star ratings and performed highly in each of the four individual marketing criteria: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist systems.

The Renault Clio managed to top the list for the safest ‘supermini’ of 2012, achieving high marks in each criteria and receiving a five-star rating overall.

In terms of the Clio’s actual results from the Euro NCAP crash tests, the car managed to receive an 88 percent rating in the ‘adult occupant’ criterion, with the assessors commenting that ‘the passenger compartment of the Clio remained stable in the frontal test’, as well as mentioning that ‘the car scored maximum points’ in the side barrier test.

The Clio managed to receive a slightly higher mark of 89 percent in the ‘child occupant’ category, with comments from the assessors reading that ‘the Clio scored maximum points for protection provided to the 18 month dummy in the dynamic impact tests.’

Most cars usually receive a lower ‘pedestrian protection’ score and this is evident in the crash test evaluation for the Renault Clio, with the car receiving 66 percent in the aforementioned test.

Comments indicated that ‘protection offered by the front edge of the bonnet was predominantly good’ – although it further stated that ‘in most of the areas likely to be struck by a child’s head, protection was poor or marginal.’

The car managed to achieve a rating of 99 percent in the ‘safety assist’ criterion to round of the results, with the testers praising the cars safety features – which will be mentioned below.

All models of the Clio have six airbags, anti-whiplash headrests and Isofix child seat anchorage points on three of the five seats. All of these features contribute to the overall five-star rating that the car received.

Every version of the Clio also comes with electronic stability control, which improves the safety of a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction. When the technology detects a loss of steering control, it will automatically apply the brakes to help ‘steer’ the vehicle to where the driver intends to go.

The new Renault Clio will go on sale this year at Perrys Renault dealerships.