Euro NCAP: ONE Star For New Jeep Wrangler, ZERO For Fiat Panda

The famous ‘death wobble’ isn’t the only major issue plaguing the new generation Jeep Wrangler, as the SUV isn’t as safe as one would think. In fact, Euro NCAP tested it alongside other vehicles and gave it only 1 star.

The rating was pulled down in the Safety Assist category, as the 2019 Jeep Wrangler lacks automatic emergency braking and lane assistance.

“It is truly disappointing to see a brand new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance”, commented Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen. “It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler Group offering safety to rival its competitors.”

Jeep’s all-new Wrangler didn’t do so well in the Adult Occupant, Child Occupant and Pedestrian categories either, where it scored 50 percent, 69 percent and 49 percent, respectively.

ZERO Stars for the Fiat Panda

Strike two for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles came from the Fiat Panda in Euro NCAP’s latest round of tests. The vehicle scored a disastrous 0 stars and was regarded as “a dubious distinction matched only by the Punto in 2017”, stated European car safety specialists.

FIVE Star Models with Problems

Euro NCAP also crash-tested the Hyundai Santa Fe and found that there was an issue with the side curtain airbags, which could be torn during deployment in vehicles equipped with a panoramic roof. The Korean automaker is said to have come up with a fix, and early cars will be subjected to a recall to correct this problem.

Meanwhile, the driver knee airbag is said not to have deployed correctly in the new BMW X5. The Munich-based auto firm’s SUV thus follows in the footsteps of the 5-Series, which had a similar problem when tested last year, as the airbag provided “little additional protection to the driver’s legs”.

Audi, Jaguar, Peugeot and Volvo Have Set New Safety Standards

Other vehicles tested by Euro NCAP were the Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60. All of them were awarded five-star safety ratings, and were praised by Euro NCAP.

“To be fair, the Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60 have set the standard against which others are judged this time, and other manufacturers could do well to follow their example”, commented van Ratingen. “The I-Pace, especially, demonstrates that future vehicles will be good for the environment, but also provide high levels of safety.”

 

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  • Mind Synthetic

    lmao wrangler scored worse than a jimny, suck it all these who were mocking it for poor performance

  • Craig

    I’m confused. Did this new Wrangler pass all AMERICAN safety tests? Was the previous model safer? Something smells fishy.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Agreed. This article says that the Wranglers rating was pulled down for not having automatic emergency braking and lane assist. I wonder how much this impacts the five star rating because it has nothing to do with how the vehicle actually survives a crash.

      • uS’gedlemba

        Prevention is better than cure.

      • SgtBeavis

        It has a lot to do with a vehicle surviving a crash if it prevents it from crashing in the first place.

      • xiquitinx

        Not only that. The dummies data are not so good. If you disgregate the test in parts, the passenger protection is far from to be brilliant.

        “In the frontal offset test, the connection between the A-pillar and the
        trans-facia beam was damaged in a way that indicated the structure would
        be unable to withstand higher loads. Similarly, deformation of the
        footwell showed that the structure had reached the limit of its
        integrity. Although dummy readings indicated good protection of the
        knees and femurs of the driver and passenger dummy, structures in the
        dashboard were thought to present a risk to occupants of different sizes
        and to those sitting in different positions, and protection of this
        body area was rated as marginal. Dummy readings, together with the
        penalty applied for the unstable bodyshell, resulted in protection of
        the driver chest being rated as weak. In the full-width rigid barrier
        test, dummy readings of chest compression showed marginal protection of
        the driver chest. For the rear passenger, dummy readings showed weak
        protection of the neck and, combined with high shoulder-belt loads, poor
        protection of the chest. In the side barrier test, the Wrangler scored
        maximum points, with good protection of all critical body areas. No
        pole test was conducted on the Wrangler. Tests on the front seats and
        head restraints indicated good protection against whiplash injuries in
        the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear
        seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The Wrangler is not
        equipped with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system.”

      • salamOOn

        never be satisfied with only stars rating and check the detailed info….. its pretty bad…. assistans aside, it wouldnt have more than 3 stars…

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5bdcbc89f5395498ac1197751efc5eef54eb04882ffe972479da1963a0da77df.jpg

    • The EuroNcap has almost always been harder than the American test. But they are regulations and what the Ncap tests. In the US they used to think a big plastic bumber would save lives, some how side marks are supposed to make cars safer, signals ar red in the back from my experience, less visible than orange, especially in the rain when it’s the rear light blinking. And also, Ncap evolves each year. You need more and more tech to have 5 stars. You have to look at the complete test to see where it’s bad at and why.

  • Blinka Bot

    Wrangler’s body isn’t built as rigid and safe as an boxed SUV.
    the SUV is a complete enclosed proven cage,
    every feature and curve of the metal is strictly for safety and comfort.

    the wrangler is a cab fixed to a frame
    they react differently on an impact, not as one unit.

    • You’re supposed to be able to remove yourself doors, roof… so you can’t expect too much. No one will buy a Wrangler for built in emergency braking or lane keep assist. All great tech that cost more, use fragile elements that will cause problems for people willing to customize their cars for off roading.

    • SgtBeavis

      I’d be curious to see how other body on frame vehicles, like pickups, perform in the same test.

      • Blinka Bot

        Jimny which obtains 3 stars.

    • xiquitinx

      Like the Jimny which obtains 3 stars.

  • charlotteharry57

    CS Staff: Just wait until they test the Jimny. Can you say -100 stars?

    I’d hate to see the aftermath of a side impact test on the Wrangler. Instant death.

  • xiquitinx

    What said Euroncap:

    -Adult passengers
    In the frontal offset test, the connection between the A-pillar and the
    trans-facia beam was damaged in a way that indicated the structure would
    be unable to withstand higher loads. Similarly, deformation of the
    footwell showed that the structure had reached the limit of its
    integrity. Although dummy readings indicated good protection of the
    knees and femurs of the driver and passenger dummy, structures in the
    dashboard were thought to present a risk to occupants of different sizes
    and to those sitting in different positions, and protection of this
    body area was rated as marginal. Dummy readings, together with the
    penalty applied for the unstable bodyshell, resulted in protection of
    the driver chest being rated as weak. In the full-width rigid barrier
    test, dummy readings of chest compression showed marginal protection of
    the driver chest. For the rear passenger, dummy readings showed weak
    protection of the neck and, combined with high shoulder-belt loads, poor
    protection of the chest. In the side barrier test, the Wrangler scored
    maximum points, with good protection of all critical body areas. No
    pole test was conducted on the Wrangler. Tests on the front seats and
    head restraints indicated good protection against whiplash injuries in
    the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear
    seats also indicated good whiplash protection. The Wrangler is not
    equipped with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system.

    -Child occupants
    In the frontal offset test, protection of all critical body areas was
    good or adequate except that of the neck of the 10 year child, where
    dummy readings of tensile forces indicated weak protection. In the side
    barrier test, the head of the 10 year dummy contacted the car interior
    and protection was rated as marginal. The protection of all other
    critical body areas was good. The front passenger airbag can be disabled
    to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating
    position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the
    status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. Several problems were
    seen when installing several child restraints in the vehicle,
    including those in the Universal category.

    -Pedestrians
    The protection provided by the bonnet to the head of a struck
    pedestrian was predominantly poor or adequate. The bumper provided good
    protection to pedestrians’ legs while protection of the pelvis was
    mixed.

    -Safety Assist

    The Wrangler has a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats
    as standard. A driver-set speed assistance system allows the driver to
    set the appropriate limit, to help prevent excessive speeding.

  • salamOOn

    im surprised with the new Q3 results. better than much bigger new X5.

  • TheBelltower

    Well that’s a bummer. I was looking forward to the electrified version of the Wrangler.

  • RDS Alphard

    Why all the Jeep Wrangler owner brag about how their Jeep often just some scratches when other brand of cars crashed into them in USA, but the testing result is just… 1-stars?

    • RDS Alphard

      Nvm, I found the reason why, lol

      “It is truly disappointing to see a brand new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance”, commented Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen.

      • mihsf

        You obviously did not read the full report about injuries and structural issues.

      • TheAmerican

        He must not like driving cars. Just a loser who’d rather have car drive for him

  • Stephen G

    WOW, I give Euro NCAP zero stars for their poor driving skills.

    • MarketAndChurch

      lol

  • KareKakk

    So the latest Panda, which went in production 2011 gets 0 stars in 2018. And the even older Punto barely any better. Why is Fiat the only maker chosen for testing by todays standards? What about testing other brands that still offer such old models as new in 2018… Ford C-Max? VW Up?

  • Jason Miller

    “It is truly disappointing to see a brand new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance”

    I mean, if you’re actually paying attention to the road like you should be you don’t need either.

    • SteersUright

      Your comment would be valid 10 years ago or more. Technology evolves and now it can further protect us from moments where, unbelievable as it might seem, we make a human error. If its available and can help, it should be used, especially in an expensive offering like this Jeep.

      • brn

        Ten years? Nope. This tech existed then, but is only becoming commonplace now.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I couldn’t agree more. I could understand it getting a 2 star or something but preemptive safety tech should only boost safety scores, not detract from them.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Euro NCAP scheme is a joke, just like much of the bureaucracy crippling much of the continent.

    • mihsf

      Rubbish

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Yes, rubbish bureaucracy. If we want to lower accident rates more focus needs to go into driver training. Relying on complex (and not always functioning) automatic-braking systems is the typical of those that love to over-regulate. What other expensive and burdensome tech will they want us to have next?

        • mihsf

          Sure. I would rather better train drivers.
          But it will not change that fact that some situations are not predictable or happen too quickly for a human to react, whereas these assistances would react properly.
          For example, a child who suddenly appears from behind a parked car, a driver who has a stroke, etc.
          Better training drivers will also not stop morons to drive while using their phones, drinking alcohol, using drugs, overspeeding, forgetting red lights and indicators.
          This is why these assistances are useful. Most of these work well. Do you complain about ABS?

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            People like you shouldn’t be allowed behind the wheel if you can’t tell the difference between something that assists drivers (ABS) to something that replaces drivers (automatic-braking systems). Perhaps you should just stick to taking the train.

          • mihsf

            The point is just: live with your time. AEB has proved it is efficient and can save lifes, while it was not perfect at the beginning, it has been improved year after year. Same happened for ABS.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            If you think you need technology to stop yourself having a car accident, then so be it. Don’t think you should be inflicting it on people who are professionals and those who don’t. The Euro NCAP scheme has become a joke.

  • uS’gedlemba

    Hopefully it’s not a Takata airbag.

  • EL CHAPO

    I knew jeeps weren’t safe at all

    • Bo Hanan

      That reputation (and the death wobble) have always been there. Everything is new again I guess.

      • EL CHAPO

        Yeah, everything looks pretty, but the truck isn’t safe to drive.

  • Mr. EP9

    It’s a freaking Jeep; it’s designed mostly for offroad use. You can take the doors and roof off, and fold the windshield down flat; expecting lane assists and auto braking on a vehicle like this is kind of ridiculous.

  • Rob

    Actually, I just drove a rental Jeep compass and it had both the Lane Assist and the Auto-Start/Stop. BOTH of them I manually had to shut off. The lane assist is really too distracting. The Auto-Start/stop ‘feature’ constantly goes off at every time I had to start/stop bumper/bumper traffic in construction areas. I get why both ‘features’ exist, safety and fuel, but I think the repeated use of the starter and having to use gas off and on to restart would nullify it.
    I was able to manually/permanently turn off the lane assist, but the Auto Start/stop I had to turn it off every single time I had to drive the car.

  • Pissed Canuck

    But then the cars and trucks that do pass the NCAP crash tests do poorly in real life because people who drive those vehicles don’t really know how to drive and rely on those systems to bail them out.

  • ErnieB

    Ill take a Jimny thank you… oh .. crap I live in the US.. damn it!

  • Shelby GT500

    They should make separate 5 star ratings for active and passive safety. Emergency braking won’t save you from a drunk idiot, who ignores red light at the intersection…

  • Miknik

    I start to find Euro NCAP ridiculous. What is a rating worth, if after a few years suddenly the same car gets zero stars? I’m pretty sure any car tested before say 2015/16 would be downgraded significantly. Few small cars come with AEB (Panda was teh first small car to have that as option, back in 2011) as standard, some not even as option, and lane keep assist and other stuff is also mostly unheard of. Then retest everything, or nothing, I’m very sure form the pics the Panda is not more or less a death trap than any other small car that had a 4 or 5 star rating years ago and is still on sale (VW up!, e.g.). This over rating of questionably reliable beeps in new cars is hardly the same as a weak body structure…

    On the other hand, teh small overlap test, that showed significant deficits in even large cars in the US, magically seems to not interest anyone at Euro NCAP; Like, you know, lobbyists would not want that 😉

  • Ken Lyns

    Prospective buyers probably are relieved to learn the Jeep Wrangler isn’t infested with the safety nannies.

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