Jeep Wrangler Scores 1-Star In Euro NCAP

BMW X5 after a pole test

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

Another one of the most disappointing premiers this month was the Jeep Wrangler which scored a one-star rating, making it the third worst Euro NCAP score of all time. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring system are some safety features that are lacking in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Although not an official comment, it's believed that if the Jeep tested by the Euro NCAP had been equipped with the upcoming AEB system, its rating would be considerably higher, although no specifics were given.

One of the particular areas of concern was child safety, where the Panda scored a miserable 16% - compared to an industry average of 79%.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, Euro Ncap stated, "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". The deformation of the footwell indicated that it had reached the limit of its integrity.

Even the models scoring five stars were not ideal as for instance the Hyundai Santa Fe had an issue with side curtain airbags and could not be torn while the BMW X5 failed to deploy knee airbag correctly. Other safety equipment includes driver and passenger airbags, side head airbags, and side chest airbags.

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

The so-called vulnerable road users testing - mainly for pedestrians and cyclists - came in at 49 per cent, while safety assist was given at 32 per cent, with points earned for front and rear seatbelt reminders and driver-set speed limiter, but marked down for lack of lane support and AEB.

More information on the test can be found at Euro NCAP. In Europe, that job falls to the Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).

In child occupant crash tests, except for protection to the neck of the 10-year old dummy, which was rated weak, the protection offered was rated as good or adequate.

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

The BMW X5 also suffered from airbag problems, the driver knee airbag not deploying correctly in the frontal offset test and providing little additional protection to the driver's legs. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety.

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