Jeep Wrangler Scores Only 1 Star In European Safety Rankings

New Jeep Wrangler Euro NCAP

The SUV scored 50% and 69% in adult and child occupant protection respectively

Last tested in 2011, the third-generation Panda lacks any form of active safety equipment - with seatbelt reminders the only feature to score points in the area Safety Assist. But under the newer more stringent tests, that has dropped to zero.

Independent testers rated adult occupant protection at 89 percent, confirming that they are well protected in an accident. Hyundai Motor explained its winning largely owed to the SUV model's strong body structure and advanced driving safety features like forward collision-avoidance assist, blind spot collision warning and lane keeping assist.

It is only the second vehicle ever to handed a zero-star Euro NCAP rating, with the other auto being the Fiat Punto 2017. Meanwhile, industry experts have called the results "shocking".

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, said: "Most troubling is that the Fiat Panda is seen as a good choice for young drivers and fledgling families". In Europe, the Wrangler's safety systems are limited to a seatbelt reminder and a driver-operated speed limiter warning system. The two results now mean that the three worst cars ever tested by Euro NCAP are all from FCA.

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The Wrangler safety rating calls into question the safety standards for the upcoming Jeep Gladiator pick-up that is based on a stretched version of the rigid Wrangler chassis. Considering this is a new model, this will doubtless be far more concerning for Fiat-Chrysler. In comparison the Kia Sportage has a 90 per cent rating. It also said there's no better time for FCA to improve its safety standards against competitors.

The European safety watchdog also invited eight other cars including Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, Volvo S60, Volvo V60, Audi Q3, Peugeot 508 and BMW X5.

But even those were not without issues.

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. In the full-width rigid barrier test, the driver's chest protection was rated as marginal and neck protection was rated as weak.

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