Jeep Wrangler Scores Only 1 Star In European Safety Rankings

Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time

Fiat Panda scores zero stars in Euro NCAP test

Jeep argues the Wrangler is a special objective off-road vehicle.

Euro NCAP stated its displeasure on the Wrangler by saying that it was "truly disappointing" to see a new vehicle in 2018 with no autonomous braking and lane assistance.

On the safety front, the Jaguar I-Pace benefits from its lightweight aluminium structure, which when paired to the integral battery pack, offers the highest torsional rigidity in any production Jaguar yet, mentions the company.

FCA has defended its 4x4 rock-hopper, saying it meets federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold. It is fitted with six airbags and a basic suite of electronic driver aids such as anti-skid brakes and stability control, but misses out on airbags for rear-seat occupants and was not equipped with automated emergency braking that will be available to Australian models in the 2019 model year update. "Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle".

The Panda - one of two zero-rated cars in Euro NCAP's history along with the Fiat Punto a year ago - failed to score more than 50% in any of the safety organisation's four key testing categories; it scored just 16% in the Child Occupant Protection test compared to an average of 79% for this category.

Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time

Avery comments, "Unlike the FIAT Panda, the Jeep Wrangler is an entirely new vehicle and doesn't come cheap".

The Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60 all achieved five-star Euro NCAP ratings. The deformation of the footwell indicated that it had reached the limit of its integrity. Because of this, the unit provided little additional protection to the driver's legs. During the rearward impact test, rear passengers were found extremely vulnerable to the so-called "whiplash injuries".

Frontal offset crash tests showed poor protection for both head and neck. The Panda, last tested in 2011, has now been comprehensively overtaken by rival superminis in the race for safety. So poor it was given a one-star safety rating. They are an independent voice on safety.

While the Panda originally received 80 per cent for adult protection, the latest test rated it at 45 per cent. The SUV has been expertly engineered with a lightweight aluminium body structure and integrated battery pack to provide outstanding crash protection for occupants.

The only points collected in the safety assist assessment were for seatbelt reminders.

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