Jeep Wrangler Slammed with 1-Star Safety Rating in Euro Crash Test

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Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) has released results of the latest round of crash tests for new vehicles and the most surprising of the whole outcome definitely belongs to the new generation India-bound Jeep Wrangler. It must be noted, the Euro NCAP awarded this rating despite the Wrangler's ideal score on side-impact tests.

The Jeep Wrangler variant tested by Euro NCAP was the four-door Sahara Unlimited, but the rating applies to all variants sold in Europe.

"The vehicle offers more than 70 advanced safety and security features, including four standard-equipment air bags and, starting in early 2019, an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that combines the benefits of camera and radar technologies", it concluded.

Euro NCAP stated its displeasure on the Wrangler by saying that it was "truly disappointing" to see a new auto in 2018 with no autonomous braking and lane assistance.

One of the particular areas of concern was child safety, where the Panda scored a miserable 16% - compared to an industry average of 79%. "It is high time we saw a product from the FIAT-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", says Michiel van Ratingen.

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

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

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.

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 scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety.

The only other vehicle to match a zero star rating in the new tests is another Fiat - the ageing Punto. Similarly, the dummy readings for the rear passenger showed weak protection of the neck and chest when combined with the high shoulder-belt loads.

In the full-width crash test, the rear passenger protection was rated as poor - the lowest rating - while driver chest protection was marginal.

In child protection, head protection was declared poor in all tests.

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