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Jeep Wrangler scores 1 star in the Euro NCAP

Jeep Wrangler scores 1 star in the Euro NCAP”

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. The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold". Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring system are some safety features that are lacking in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. "Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle". Despite it being a fresh entrant to markets around the world, 2018 Jeep Wrangler's performance at the crash test was poor.

"The Wrangler is a specialist vehicle that offers unique features that are highly valued by our customers, both in Australia and overseas".

The low safety ratings for the Wrangler and Panda are in sharp contrast with results for other vehicles released by Euro NCAP overnight. The Panda scored 45 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection and just 16 per cent for Child Occupant Protection.

Elsewhere, the driver knee airbag in the new BMW X5 was found to not deploy correctly in the frontal offset test, similar to that seen with the 5 Series when it was tested previous year.

Euro NCAP says that a seatbelt reminder and a simple driver-set speed limiter in the Wrangler lags far behind its competitors.

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. A point on the report about the Wrangler talked about how the connection between the A-pillar and the trans-facia beam was damaged to a point where it indicated that the structure wouldn't be able to endure higher loads. The footwell, it said, had "reached the limits of its structural integrity". Other safety equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, side head airbags, and side chest airbags.

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

Remember how the Fiat Punto scored a dismal zero stars in a Euro NCAP test? The Panda, last tested in 2011, has now been comprehensively overtaken by rival superminis in the race for safety.

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.



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