Jeep Wrangler scores 1 star in the Euro NCAP

2018 Jeep Wrangler Front

Fiat says: "We take the safety of customers and road users extremely seriously and the Fiat panda and latest Jeep Wrangler comply with all safety legislation in every county in which they are sold".

For context, the 2018 Wrangler achieved a three-star front crash rating in NHTSA's tests, and it has not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which subjects vehicles to tests and evaluations that go above and beyond NHTSA's efforts. The SUV scored 50 per cent in adult occupant protection and 69 per cent in child occupant protection.

Euro NCAP's secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said it was 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".

According to the test report, in the frontal crash tests, the A-pillar and the trans-fascia beam were damaged in such a way that it indicated that the structure would not be able to withstand higher loads. Similarly, deformation of the Wrangler's footwell showed that the structure had "reached the limit of its integrity".

The testers criticize, however, that the knee airbag for the driver of the BMW X5 G05 has not worked in all scenarios, as expected.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rear
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler scored the highest points in the side barrier test

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.

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. 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.

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.

Remember how the Fiat Punto scored a dismal zero stars in a Euro NCAP test?

While the Panda originally received 80 per cent for adult protection, the latest test rated it at 45 per cent. Fiat Panda also performed badly in whiplash protection for rear seat passengers and also where chest protection for front seat occupants is concerned.



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