Monday, 20 May, 2019

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

BMW X5 after a pole test The new BMW X5 scored five stars from Euro NCAP
Jean Garcia | 08 December, 2018, 02:06

While Fiat can at least claim that the Panda is a seven-year-old vehicle and is unable to be redesigned to meet some of the latest standards, it has no such excuse with the new Jeep Wrangler, which is a completely new design and has only just arrived in United Kingdom showrooms. 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.

Euro NCAP has released its latest batch of nine crash-test results, with the Fiat Panda scoring zero stars and the new Jeep Wrangler managing just one.

Euro NCAP says that a seatbelt reminder and a simple driver-set speed limiter in the Wrangler lags far behind its competitors. It lost points for not having things like automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist - the Wrangler doesn't offer either of those things in Europe, even as an option.

While the rating applies to both three-door and five-door variants of the Wrangler JL, the test was conducted using a Wrangler Unlimited in Sahara trim with a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine. "It is high time we saw a product from the FIAT-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", says Michiel van Ratingen. "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".

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).

Five stars for the new Peugeot 508
Five stars from Euro NCAP for the new Peugeot 508

More information on the test can be found at Euro NCAP.

They now track a vehicle's safety systems based on its performance in four main areas: adult occupant protection for driver and passenger, child occupant protection, vulnerable road users protection, and safety assist.

Last tested in 2011, the third-generation Panda lacks any form of active safety equipment - with seatbelt reminders the only feature to score points in the area Safety Assist.

Child protection was rated at 69 per cent, although points were lost for marginal head protection in the lateral crash test. No pole test was conducted on the vehicle. The Euro NCAP has multiple assessment methods to identify how safe the auto is. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety. Similarly, the dummy readings for the rear passenger showed weak protection of the neck and chest when combined with the high shoulder-belt loads.

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