Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
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Jeep Wrangler scores a poor 1 star in Euro NCAP crash test

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

The new BMW X5 G05 has just received five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

"The new Jeep Wrangler - an award-winning vehicle with unmatched capability and worldwide appeal - meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold", it reads.

Euro NCAP's secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said it was truly disappointing to see a brand-new vehicle being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance. "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", said Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, Euro NCAP.

FCA said the rugged body-on-frame vehicle was engineered for the "most demanding conditions" - off-roading - and that "testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle".

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler offers marginal protection to the driver and passengers during crash tests.

In the case of the Wrangler, it scored 32 per cent in the category of Safety Assist, which involves the testing of systems like speed assistance, seat belt reminders, lane support and AEB operation.

"To be fair, the Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60 have set the standard against which others are judged this time, and other manufacturers could do well to follow their example". The Panda scored 45 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and just 16 per cent for Child Occupant Protection. The deformation of the footwell indicated that it had reached the limit of its integrity.

The Wrangler performed better in whiplash and lateral impact tests, earning a good rating.

In child occupant crash tests, except for protection to the neck of the 10-year old dummy, which was rated weak, the protection offered was rated as good or adequate.

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. 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. The European safety watchdog also invited eight other cars including Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, Volvo S60, Volvo V60, Audi Q3, Peugeot 508 and BMW X5.

The Panda was originally tested when the latest generation first went on sale in 2011, attaining a four star rating.

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. While the Panda's compartment remained stable for the frontal offset test, the readings on the test dummy showcased weak chest compression.

In child protection, head protection was declared poor in all tests.

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