Friday, 14 December, 2018

Fiat Panda scores a shocking 0 star safety rating in crash test

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler undergoing Euro NCAP crash testing					Handout Euro NCAP The 2019 Jeep Wrangler undergoing Euro NCAP crash testing Handout Euro NCAP
Laurie Berry | 08 December, 2018, 02:09

FCA has defended its 4x4 rock-hopper, saying it meets federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold.

The Wrangler also carries Australian Design Rule (ADR) approval for use on Australian roads, despite any safety score issued by crash test authorities.

"The Wrangler is a specialist vehicle that offers unique features that are highly valued by our customers, both in Australia and overseas". The Wrangler's one out of five rating is the effect of lack of modern active and passive safety technologies.

The rest of the field was made up of the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo S60 and V60, all of which were five-star rated.

Being virtually the same auto, except for the slightly different body style, the two managed the same score in all categories: 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 74 percent for pedestrian and cyclists protection and 76 percent for safety assist systems.

The testers criticize, however, that the knee airbag for the driver of the BMW X5 G05 has not worked in all scenarios, as expected. For those wanting an even deeper dive, check out Euro NCAP's full testing results here. "There were a number of issues with the Wrangler in impact testing too, in terms of deformation of the footwell and damage to connecting structures, while the make-up of the dashboard was seen to present a risk to occupants".

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Child protection was rated at 69 per cent, although points were lost for marginal head protection in the lateral crash test.

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.

The Gladiator was revealed at the recent Los Angeles motor show ahead of its launch in North America next year and in Australia in early 2020.

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. Buyers outlaying over £50,000 on a vehicle should expect more than a one-star safety rating.

The current Panda has been around since 2011, and was originally awarded a four-star rating when it was new. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety.

In the latest frontal crash testing, the best chest protection rating - for the front passenger in the offset test - was adequate, while the worst was a poor rating for the rear passenger in the full frontal impact test.

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