Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Renault Fluence ZE 2011

ZE Expression , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Nov 2011

Renault Fluence ZE crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 72%
Child Occupant 83%
Pedestrian 37%
Safety Assist 84%

Compare with other cars in the Large Family Car category

Driver head - Adequate
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Marginal
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Marginal Passenger left femur - Marginal
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

In the frontal test, the passenger compartment remained stable. However, there was insufficient pressure in the driver's airbag to prevent the head from making contact, through the fabric of the airbag, with the rim of the steering wheel. The car was penalised for this 'bottoming out' of the airbag. Renault has informed Euro NCAP that they are investigating the issue with a view to making improvements. Structures in the dashboard were thought to present a hazard to the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. In the side barrier test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body regions was good. In the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib deflection indicated weak protection of the chest. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. The car was checked after all of the tests and no electrical hazards were found.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled by means of a switch, allowing a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. However, clear information is provided in the car regarding the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint without first disabling the airbag.

Pedestrian

The bonnet provided predominantly poor protection in those areas likely to be struck by the head of a child or an adult. The front edge of the bonnet was also predominantly poor in its protection of a pedestrian's upper legs and pelvis. The bumper offered good protection to pedestrians' legs, and scored maximum points.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver and passenger seats. A driver-set speed limitation device is optional on some variants but is expected to be fitted as standard in sufficient numbers to meet Euro NCAP's 2011 fitment requirements.

applies to al Fluence ZE of specification tested