The Global NCAP has tested another slot of newly launched cars including the BMW X5, the Audi Q3, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Jaguar I-PACE, the Peugeot 508, the Jeep Wrangler, the Fiat Panda, the Volvo V60 and S60. Except the Jeep Wrangler and the Fiat Panda, all the other cars have received five stars rating. However, the Jeep Wrangler backed a devastating result scoring only one star because of lack of autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. The Wrangler stands out to be the lowest rated car as tested under the 2018 criteria.
According to crash data from Euro NCAP, the new Wrangler’s low adult occupant (50 per cent) and vulnerable road user (49 per cent) protection led to the result. The lack of modern active and passive safety technologies like AEB and curtain airbags make for a very low 32 per cent assist systems score. Besides that, the vehicle gets only a simple driver set speed limiter and a seat belt reminder.
Wrangler Receives One Star Rating In Euro NCAP Test
Jeep released a statement defending the Wrangler’s crash assessment, quoting the specialist nature of the vehicle to justify the rating, as follows:
“The new Jeep Wrangler – an award-winning vehicle with unmatched capability and worldwide appeal – meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold. Further, the Jeep Wrangler is engineered to deliver superior performance and unique driving experiences under the most demanding conditions. Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle. Notwithstanding such misalignment, the new Jeep Wrangler benefits from fully boxed, body-on-frame construction featuring pressure-formed front-rail sections, with high-strength steel in all critical areas. 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 is truly disappointing to see a brand-new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance,” secretary general of Euro NCAP comments on the Wrangler’s results. “It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors.”