Renault Sandero/Logan/Stepway: Although they look the same, they offer different side impact protection. Colombian version offers better side impact protection than Mercosur versions
12.11.2019

Renault Sandero/Logan/Stepway: Although they look the same, they offer different side impact protection. Colombian version offers better side impact protection than Mercosur versions

The New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, launched the result of the Renault New Sandero / Logan / Stepway. The recently facelifted Renault New Sandero, Logan, Stepway, produced in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, was rated with one star Adult occupant protection and four stars for Child Occupant Protection and was later improved to three stars Adult Occupant Protection and four stars Child Occupant Protection.

Latin NCAP found that there are three main differences that explain different levels of protection offered by each origin of the Sandero/Logan/Stepway: Structural intrusion in the side impact protection, front seats structure and size & shape of side thorax head airbags.

There are shape and volume differences in the side head thorax airbags in the units produced in Colombia vs the Mercosur produced versions. Following Latin NCAP experience the airbag of the Colombian version (22 litres volume and larger coverage area) offers a more robust protection in comparison with the versions produced in Mercosur (18 litres volume and a more restricted coverage area).

The cars manufactured in Colombia showed slightly less structural intrusion in the side impact crash test than the cars made in Mercosur. It is likely that the reasons are material differences and/or production processes differences.

The Colombia made cars have a different front seat structure, which seems more robust than the cars made in Mercosur.

Those three differences are translated into much better side impact and side pole impact protection offered by the Colombia car above the Mercosur cars.

The Colombia made cars are a copy of the side impact restraint systems from the European (Dacia) model while the side impact restraint systems of the cars from Argentina and Brazil are a modified version, showing worse protection. Latin NCAP questions the need of Renault to bring a different structure and restraint system development to the Mercosur produced cars option when they were aware that the version of restraints for the Colombian made cars have proven robust restrain systems for better protection.

Star ratings were calculated using the Mercosur versions as the worst case scenario. In any case the star ratings for adults could not be higher than three stars as the cars do not offer front passenger Seat Belt reminder and ESC availability is below the requirements of Latin NCAP.

All Renault Sandero/Logan/Stepway until VIN 93Y5SRZ85LJ319432 (date 10/12/19) for the cars made in Brazil, until VIN 8A14SRYE5LL345154 (date 3/12/19) for the cars made in Argentina and until from VIN 9FB4SR0EGLM157526 (date 18/07/2019) for the cars made in Colombia are one star for Adult Occupant Protection and four stars child occupant protection. After those VINS and dates for each production, plants the Renault Sandero/Logan/Stepway are three star for Adult Occupant Protection and four stars for Child Occupant Protection.

Renault New Sandero, Logan Stepway (4 airbags)

(One star result for Adult Occupant Protection)

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Renault New Sandero, Logan Stepway (4 airbags)

(Three stars result for Adult Occupant Protection)

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About Latin NCAP

The Latin New Car Assessment Programme (Latin NCAP) was launched in 2010 to develop a regional system of independent crashworthiness and safety rating across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). Latin NCAP replicates similar consumer testing programmes developed over the last thirty years in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and which have proved to be very effective in improving the safety of motor vehicles. Since 2010 Latin NCAP has published the results of more than one hounded cars, all results available at www.latinncap.com/results.

Latin NCAP acknowledges the support received by the Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP), International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT), FIA Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Road Safety Initiative.

Latin NCAP is an Associate member of Global NCAP and supports the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and the Stop the Crash Partnership.

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