Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

One-star Jeep Wrangler "meets or exceeds" safety standards, says Jeep

One-star Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler is now being launched in many countries around the world and India is also expecting the arrival of this Iconic SUV in its latest avatar.

An FCA Australia spokesperson told GoAuto: "Safety is something we take incredibly seriously, and every other member of our Jeep family of vehicles wears a five-star safety rating with pride, whether they have been crash-tested by ANCAP in Australia or by Euro NCAP". "The vehicle offers more than 75 advanced safety and security features, including four standard-equipment airbags, and starting in early 2019, an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that combines the benefits of camera and radar technologies".

Although not an official comment, it's believed that if the Jeep tested by the Euro NCAP had been equipped with the upcoming AEB system, its rating would be considerably higher, although no specifics were given. "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors". Another part of the report talked about how the deformation of the footwell showed the limit of the structure's integrity.

The BMW X5 also suffered from airbag problems, with the driver knee airbag not deploying correctly in the frontal offset test and providing little additional protection to the driver's legs (but it still scored five stars).

"Despite the work done by manufacturers during the development of their vehicles, Euro NCAP still sees a lack of robustness in some basic areas of safety".

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.

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The only other auto to match a zero star rating in the new tests is another Fiat - the ageing Punto.

The Panda follows the Punto as only the second vehicle to score zero stars under Euro NCAP assessment.

In child occupant crash tests, except for protection to the neck of the 10-year old dummy, which was rated weak, the protection offered was rated as good or adequate.

While the Panda originally received 80 per cent for adult protection, the latest test rated it at 45 per cent.

The test score, which came out overnight in Europe, showed that the left-hand-drive four-door Wrangler tested scored poorly in one of four categories it was marked under.

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