Renault is celebrating its new Scenic compact MPV being awarded five stars – the top grade – under EuroNCAP’s independent crash tests. The company says that means it hits a new milestone – five cars with five stars – and claims that only Renault can claim that.

Tested in July this year, the second generation of Renault’s compact-MPV scored 34.12 points out of 37 and Renault says that makes it the safest compact MPV in the class.

New Scénic joins Laguna (March 2001), New Mégane and Vel Satis (November 2002), and New Espace (June 2003) as the fifth Renault car to score five EuroNCAP stars, and become safest car in its class.

Renault says that in frontal and side impacts, the structure of New Scénic prevented any intrusion into the cabin. EuroNCAP also commented on the sophisticated calibration of the various safety systems in the vehicle. This allowed an optimum level of protection to be achieved in a range of impacts as wide as that covered by the EuroNCAP programme and to adapt the means of protection to the violence of the impact.

The award reinforces Renault’s long-term policy of paying more attention to safety over the past ten years.

Renault says the all-new structure of New Scénic was designed to be reactive in the event of impact, so that it absorbs the energy while turning the cabin into a survival cell which protects the occupants against intrusion by any mechanical unit.