Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

New Jeep Wrangler Disappoints With 1 Star In Europe NCAP Crash Tests

New Jeep Wrangler Disappoints With 1 Star In Europe NCAP Crash Tests

The 2018 Fiat Panda, one of the most popular offerings from the Italian automaker and also it's cheapest hatchback has scored a dismal 0 star rating in the recent set of tests conducted by the Euro NCAP.

You can dive deep into the Euro NCAP website to read the entire report on the Wrangler, but I'll dish out a few salient details here. Other safety equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, side head airbags, and side chest airbags.

As said, the European organization crashed, among several other cars in this latest batch, the S60 sedan and V60 estate and found that the two are meeting all the criteria for a five-star rating. But overall they have been rated sturdy due to the structure stability and other factors in adult and child occupant protection. It had the dubious honour of being the only auto in the safety organisation's history to end up with such a result.

"No matter which Volvo you choose, you can always be sure that you and your loved ones travel in one of the safest cars on the market".

"These shocking Euro NCAP test results demonstrate an inconsistent commitment to safety", says Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research. Of them, only seven failed to score the maximum points for a five-star rating.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, Euro Ncap stated, "It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new vehicle being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance".


Results included weak driver chest protection in the frontal offset test, poor rear passenger chest protection in the full-width frontal test, and poor rear seat whiplash protection in the rear impact test. Similarly, deformation of the Wrangler's footwell showed that the structure had "reached the limit of its integrity".

Interestingly, Euro NCAP's tests on the Santa Fe highlighted an issue where the side curtain airbags of cars equipped with a panoramic roof could be torn during deployment.

The so-called vulnerable road users testing - mainly for pedestrians and cyclists - came in at 49 per cent, while safety assist was given at 32 per cent, with points earned for front and rear seatbelt reminders and driver-set speed limiter, but marked down for lack of lane support and AEB.

While the Panda originally received 80 per cent for adult protection, the latest test rated it at 45 per cent.

It draws parallels to the two-star score achieved by the Ford Mustang in early 2017, which scored poorly in the area of rear occupant protection.

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