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.
Euro NCAP stated its displeasure on the Wrangler by saying that it was "truly disappointing" to see a new vehicle in 2018 with no autonomous braking and lane assistance. "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", said Euro NCAP secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen.
The Jeep Wrangler fared little better, receiving just a one star rating.
Euro NCAP says the Jeep Wrangler performed poorly in crash tests.
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Seven new cars have been awarded five-star safety ratings from Euro NCAP, in a very positive end to the year for vehicle manufacturers.
The lack of driver assistance wasn't the only thing that brought the score down for the Wrangler; it scored a 50 per cent safety rating for adults and a 69 per cent for children. "Deformation of the footwell showed that the structure had reached the limit of its integrity", read part of the report. Unlike Euro NCAP, NHTSA does not factor active safety systems into its final star ratings. During the rearward impact test, rear passengers were found extremely vulnerable to the so-called "whiplash injuries". "The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold". It scored 45% in the adult occupant protection (AOP) category, 47% for pedestrian protection (VRU) but only 16% for child occupant protection (COP).
Fiat Chrysler Australia says the one-star rating may not apply to local vehicles because they will be available with autonomous emergency braking, which can slam on the brakes if the technology senses an imminent collision.
Watch the Panda and Wrangler crash tests below and head over to Euro NCAP's YouTube channel to view the rest...
Because the independent safety watchdog regularly updates and tightens its rules, it apparently seemed instructive to retest that auto that is still on sale seven years later. The SUV has been expertly engineered with a lightweight aluminium body structure and integrated battery pack to provide outstanding crash protection for occupants.