Jeep Wrangler scores a poor 1 star in Euro NCAP crash test

Postado Dezembro 08, 2018

2018 Jeep Wrangler is now being launched in many countries around the world and India is also expecting the arrival of this Iconic SUV in its latest avatar.

At the same time the Fiat Panda and Jeep Wrangler were licking their wounds, after the former got 0 (zero) stars and the latter only one, Volvo was celebrating a virtually continuous streak of five-star ratings.

An FCA Australia spokesperson told GoAuto: "Safety is something we take incredibly seriously, and every other member of our Jeep family of vehicles wears a five-star safety rating with pride, whether they have been crash-tested by ANCAP in Australia or by Euro NCAP".

The Euro NCAP tested this year a little over 20 cars.

Fiat Panda received its poor performance in Child Occupant Protection performance scoring 16% for children seated in the rear while the average rating for new cars is 79%.

Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen commented: "It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new auto being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance. There were a number of issues with the Wrangler in impact testing too, in terms of deformation of the footwell and damage to connecting structures, while the make-up of the dashboard was seen to present a risk to occupants".

Elsewhere, the driver knee airbag in the new BMW X5 was found to not deploy correctly in the frontal offset test, similar to that seen with the 5 Series when it was tested a year ago.

The remaining five were praised by Euro NCAP. Other safety equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, side head airbags, and side chest airbags. Euro NCAP's tests on the Hyundai Santa Fe highlighted an issue where the side curtain airbags of cars equipped with a panoramic roof could be torn during deployment. In the full-width rigid barrier test, the driver's chest protection was rated as marginal and neck protection was rated as weak. The Panda, last tested in 2011, has now been comprehensively overtaken by rival superminis in the race for safety.

The biggest complaint is that the popular off-roader is lacking active and passive safety systems like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring systems-with the only features now available being a primitive seatbelt reminder.