Jeep Wrangler scores 1 star in European crash tests

Darnell Taylor
December 8, 2018

Being virtually the same vehicle, except for the slightly different body style, the two managed the same score in all categories: 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 74 percent for pedestrian and cyclists protection and 76 percent for safety assist systems. "The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold". In fact, the lane-keep assist and emergency braking are not standard on the Euro-spec new Jeep Wrangler.

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 auto 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.

"Despite the work done by manufacturers during the development of their vehicles, Euro NCAP still sees a lack of robustness in some basic areas of safety".

While it's still too early to determine if the Euro NCAP score will translate directly to Australian-specification cars, ANCAP does take crash data directly from its European counterparts, which negates the need to crash-test cars locally.

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. The footwell, it said, had "reached the limits of its structural integrity".

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As for safety assist, it managed to only score one point, or 7% of the total, its only feature to score points being a seatbelt reminder.

Child protection was rated at 69 per cent, although points were lost for marginal head protection in the lateral crash test.

The Wrangler safety rating calls into question the safety standards for the upcoming Jeep Gladiator pick-up that is based on a stretched version of the rigid Wrangler chassis.

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

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