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New Jeep Wrangler Disappoints With 1 Star In Europe NCAP Crash Tests

08 December 2018

These tests are for the European market, so it will be interesting to see what the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests show for crash results here in North America.

"The Wrangler is a specialist vehicle that offers unique features that are highly valued by our customers, both in Australia and overseas". Some of the factors resulting in this low rating are that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler comes only with a seatbelt reminder and a simple driver-set speed limiter.

The new Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60 and Volvo S60, meanwhile, each achieved a maximum five-star rating. The SUV scored 50 per cent in adult occupant protection and 69 per cent in child occupant protection. Euro NCAP testing puts a lot more weight on driver assistance systems in its testing, an area where the new Wrangler is somewhat lacking.

Euro NCAP says the Jeep Wrangler performed poorly in crash tests
Euro NCAP says the Jeep Wrangler performed poorly in crash tests

In its comments on the adult protection crash testing, Euro NCAP's engineers criticised the structural integrity of the Wrangler, describing the bodyshell as unstable. 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.

In the offset test, driver chest protection was rated as weak, while leg protection was marginal.

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

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The Panda follows the Punto as only the second vehicle to score zero stars under Euro NCAP assessment. 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 current Panda has been around since 2011, and was originally awarded a four-star rating when it was new.

Child occupant protection has nearly halved, from 31 per cent to 16, while pedestrian protection has not changed much, going from 49 per cent to 47. While the Panda's compartment remained stable for the frontal offset test, the readings on the test dummy showcased weak chest compression.

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The test score, which came out overnight in Europe, showed that the left-hand-drive four-door Wrangler tested scored poorly in one of four categories it was marked under.

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New Jeep Wrangler Disappoints With 1 Star In Europe NCAP Crash Tests