Clio 1.2 RL NCAP Crashtest
EURO NCAP RATING
The Renault Clio was awarded two
stars for protection in frontal and side impact. All the new criteria were met
with the exception of chest protection in side impact and rearward and upward
movement of the steering wheel in frontal impact.
In frontal impact, the major problems related to intrusion and the
instability of the passenger compartment. There were problems for the
lower limbs and attention is required in the knee impact areas. The
unstable head contact on the airbag suggests potential problems for
different-sized drivers and those in different seating
In side impact, improved protection is required for the chest while
also controlling the loading on the
The instability of
the passenger compartment was caused by the partial detachment of the facia from
the side of the car. Actual structural deformation was judged moderate - the
A-pillar moved back by 195mm at waist level - intrusion of the footwell and the
facia was also moderate.
There was moderate collapse of the door aperture. After the test, the
driver's door could only be opened using tools. The passenger's door opened
The Clio's steering wheel was pushed back by a limited 105mm. It had also
been forced upwards by 133mm under frontal impact, which is judged to be
Because of this rearward and vertical
intrusion of the steering wheel and an unstable head contact with the airbag -
the dummy's head slid off the bag and scuffed the windscreen pillar - head
protection was downrated to marginal. However, the neck protection was good.
The facia intrusion and structural instability meant that the driver's chest
protection, otherwise assessed as adequate, was downrated to weak.
Protection of both upper legs was downrated to poor because of the number of
stiff structures which could concentrate loads on the knees in an impact. In the
frontal crash, the dummy's left knee hit the bonnet release lever, rigidly
mounted on the steering column. The right knee impacted against the headlight
adjuster knob, displacing it so that loads strutted through to the engine
compartment bulkhead. For both knees, further penetration into the facia would
have resulted in sharply increased loads.
Protection of the lower legs was assessed as adequate on the left side and
weak on the right side. Intrusion of the footwell during the frontal impact
caused feet and ankle protection to be rated as weak.
Data from the passenger-side dummy showed
protection for the head, neck, knee/femur/pelvis, left lower leg and feet
and ankles was good. Adequate protection was provided for the chest and
right lower leg.
<=== The steering wheel moved both rearward
and upward, while the knees hit the bonnet release lever and the
loading on all the dummy's ribs in the side impact crash test resulted in a
chest protection rating of poor, with only marginal protection being provided
for the abdomen. However, the head protection was judged to be good.
An instrumentation failure resulted in no data being available to assess
pelvis protection. But information supplied by the manufacturer indicated that
the ratings would have been within the range adequate to weak. Within this
range, the overall rating for the car would not vary.
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