New Jeep Wrangler Scores 1 Star In Euro NCAP Crash Tests

Regaled as being Italy's bestselling vehicle, the Fiat Panda has failed in crash tests by European New auto Assessment Program (NCAP).

With nothing more than a seat-belt reminder scoring points in Euro NCap's Safety Assist box, the vehicle fails to reach even a single star, a dubious distinction matched only by the Punto in 2017.

The rating was pulled down in the Safety Assist category, as the 2019 Jeep Wrangler lacks automatic emergency braking and lane assistance.

Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's secretary general, said: "The Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60 have set the standard against which others are judged this time, and other manufacturers could do well to follow their example".

Fiat Chrysler Australia, the importers of the Jeep brand, declined to be interviewed directly, instead issuing a statement that says the company takes safety "incredibly seriously".

•Another poor performer in this month's round of Euro NCAP testing was the new Jeep Wrangler, which only achieved a one star rating.

Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time

Perhaps most concerning about the zero-star rating was the Fiat Panda's Child Occupant Protection scored just 16 per cent. Unlike Euro NCAP, NHTSA does not factor active safety systems into its final star ratings.

Responding to the results, an FCA UK spokesperson told Car Throttle: "Safety is of the utmost importance at FCA, and as such, our latest Jeep Wrangler and Fiat Panda comply with all safety legislation in every market in which they are sold".

The Wrangler undergoes crash testing in Europe. Fiat Panda also performed badly in whiplash protection for rear seat passengers and also where chest protection for front seat occupants is concerned.

FCA said the rugged body-on-frame vehicle was engineered for the "most demanding conditions" - off-roading - and that "testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle".

Because the independent safety watchdog regularly updates and tightens its rules, it apparently seemed instructive to retest that vehicle that is still on sale seven years later. Child occupant safety was a tad better at 69 percent.

Vanessa Coleman

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