Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Jeep Wrangler JL bombs Euro NCAP crash tests with 1-star result

Jeep Wrangler JL bombs Euro NCAP crash tests with 1-star result

The new-generation Jeep Wrangler will also make its way to India sometime next year.

These tests are for the European market, so it will be interesting to see what the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests show for crash results here in North America.

"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 concluded.

"These shocking Euro NCAP test results demonstrate an inconsistent commitment to safety", says Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research.

Independent testers rated adult occupant protection at 89 percent, confirming that they are well protected in an accident.

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"It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new vehicle being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance". "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors". "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". The devaluation means that the protection of knees and thighs on the passenger side was rated better than on the driver side - because there is no knee airbag installed anyway and the measured values were not corrected downwards in the sense of a penalty. Buyers outlaying over £50,000 on a vehicle should expect more than a one-star safety rating.

As for safety assist, it managed to only score one point, or 7% of the total, its only feature to score points being a seatbelt reminder.

"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". Euro NCAP's tests on the Hyundai Santa Fe highlighted an issue where the side curtain airbags of cars equipped with a panoramic roof could be torn during deployment.

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