One-star Jeep Wrangler "meets or exceeds" safety standards, says Jeep

Daniel Fowler
December 8, 2018

The new-generation Jeep Wrangler will also make its way to India sometime next year.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler received a dismal one-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP's battery of tests. Despite it being a fresh entrant to markets around the world, 2018 Jeep Wrangler's performance at the crash test was poor.

The new Wrangler, meanwhile, comes with a seatbelt reminder and a "simple driver-set speed limiter, but no other form of driver-assistance system". In fact, the lane-keep assist and emergency braking are not standard on the Euro-spec new Jeep Wrangler.

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has released the test results of its latest vehicle crash test set, and seven out of the nine vehicles tested have obtained the maximum five-star rating. The Panda scored 45 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and just 16 per cent for Child Occupant Protection.

Commenting on the results, Michiel van Ratingen, General Secretary, Euro NCAP said, "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". "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors".

They said the join between the A-pillar and trans-fascia beam had been damaged in such a way that indicated it would not be able to withstand higher loads. The footwell, it said, had "reached the limits of its structural integrity". The vehicle goes through the usual frontal offset crash test as for the Indian cars but also has a side impact, a full frontal test and several pedestrian tests too. The devaluation means that the protection of knees and thighs on the passenger side was rated better than on the driver side - because there is no knee airbag installed anyway and the measured values were not corrected downwards in the sense of a penalty.

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The remaining five were praised by Euro NCAP.

The current Panda has been around since 2011, and was originally awarded a four-star rating when it was new.

It failed to achieve more than 50 per cent in any of the four key tests that the safety organisation puts a vehicle through.

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. In the full-width rigid barrier test, the driver's chest protection was rated as marginal and neck protection was rated as weak.

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

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