Vehicles tested after 1 January 2008 will require Electronic Stability Control in order achieve a 5 star rating. This vehicle was tested prior to this date and may or may not meet this new requirement.
The left-hand-drive European model was tested by EuroNCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.
The tested model of Renault Megane was introduced in Australia late in 2003. Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. ABS brake, advanced seat belt reminder and automatic headlights are also standard. The 3 door hatch variant (not tested) has anti-submarining airbags in the front seats. The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two point seat belt.
The RENAULT MEGANE scored 14.1 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment was extremely stable. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. A further 2 points were scored in the optional pole test and one point was awarded for the driver's seat belt reminder. With these extra points the Megane became the first small car to earn 5 stars from Euro NCAP.