Jeep Wrangler scores 1 star in the Euro NCAP

Fiat Panda at Euro NCAP

The Fiat Panda has been awarded a zero star rating for safety by Euro NCAP in the latest round of crash tests.

Another one of the most disappointing premiers this month was the Jeep Wrangler which scored a one-star rating, making it the third worst Euro NCAP score of all time.

"The vehicle offers more than 70 advanced safety and security features, including four standard-equipment air bags and, starting in early 2019, an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that combines the benefits of camera and radar technologies", it concluded.

"These shocking Euro NCAP test results demonstrate an inconsistent commitment to safety, as FIAT has produced four and five-star cars in the past".

While the Wrangler got just 50 per cent for adult occupant protection, the Volvos and Peugeot were awarded 96 per cent, while the Audi Q3 received 95 and the Hyundai Santa Fe 94.

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Commenting on the results, Michiel van Ratingen, General Secretary, Euro NCAP said, "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. 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. The deformation of the footwell indicated that it had reached the limit of its integrity.

The BMW X5 also suffered from airbag problems, with the driver knee airbag not deploying correctly in the frontal offset test and providing little additional protection to the driver's legs (but it still scored five stars).

The Euro NCAP testing procedure has changed dramatically over the past few years, with a major overhaul being introduced at the beginning of 2018, one that made the current testing procedure the toughest one in the history of the organization.

The Panda follows the Punto as only the second vehicle to score zero stars under Euro NCAP assessment. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety. It had the dubious honour of being the only vehicle in the safety organisation's history to end up with such a result. While the Panda's compartment remained stable for the frontal offset test, the readings on the test dummy showcased weak chest compression. Fiat Panda also performed badly in whiplash protection for rear seat passengers and also where chest protection for front seat occupants is concerned.

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

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