"In less than 2 years, since Euro NCAP started its campaign to encourage car manufacturers to focus on AEB systems, we have noticed an increasing number of manufacturers responding to our call. Some of the systems are already capable of braking for pedestrians which will be the next test in Euro NCAP’s rating scheme in 2016," says Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General.
Opel's new Astra five-door, which is a direct rival for the Megane, was also put through the crash test grinder. The Megane scored slightly better in the adult and child occupant departments, but the Astra fared better in pedestrian protection. We can't really pick a winner between these two, but we can say that the Megane is safe, scoring "Good" or "Adequate" across the board, according to data gathered from new, more accurate dummies.
In Euro NCAP's tests, the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
The maximum of 12 points was scored for both the 18-month and 36-month child dummies. However, the Megane only has ISOFIX in the back, and it's not available for the middle seat, not that any car in this class has such a feature.
It's worth noting that a low-speed autonomous emergency braking system designed to cope with fender-benders that commonly occur around town is not available on the Megane. The French automaker should reconsider installing such an option for 2016.