Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating

Fiat Panda at Euro NCAP

Fiat Panda at Euro NCAP

The Wrangler is new, having been launched in North America earlier this year and now Europe.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler received a dismal one-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP's battery of tests.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler offers marginal protection to the driver and passengers during crash tests.

It also advised that the Wrangler will get autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and other safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, parking sensors and a rear-view camera in markets such as Australia where it is due to go into showrooms next year.

"These shocking Euro NCAP test results demonstrate an inconsistent commitment to safety, as FIAT has produced four and five-star cars in the past". It wasn't able to score more than 50 per cent in any of the test categories, and most concerning of all, it managed just 16 per cent when it came to Child Occupant Protection.

Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen commented: "It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new vehicle 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".

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

You can dive deep into the Euro NCAP website to read the entire report on the Wrangler, but I'll dish out a few salient details here. Interestingly, while Euro NCAP found the Panda's passenger compartment "remained stable" in the frontal offset test, dummy readings of driver chest compression indicated "weak protection" for this body area.

In fact, the Panda has become only the second vehicle ever to be awarded 0 star rating ever since Euro NCAP was founded in 1997.

The biggest complaint is that the popular off-roader is lacking active and passive safety systems like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring systems-with the only features now available being a primitive seatbelt reminder. It had the dubious honour of being the only auto in the safety organisation's history to end up with such a result.

Frontal offset crash tests showed poor protection for both head and neck.

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

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