Independent organization Euro NCAP has announced the results of the latest series of crash tests. The new-generation Jeep Wrangler disappointed and surprised. The SUV gained just one star out of five.
Only the aging Fiat Panda performed worse, the latest crash tests of which were conducted back in 2011. The Italian subcompact car has got no stars at all. Of all the safety systems there is only a reminder of the seat belts. This is critically few for a modern car.
On the contrary, the all-wheel-drive 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV is fully new, and such low safety rates are disappointing.
Frankly speaking, full-fledged off-road vehicles do not particularly need a row control system or systems for preventing collisions with pedestrians. They are designed to travel in conditions that are fundamentally different from city traffic or the highway.
Nevertheless, modern safety requirements should be taken into account. One star for the new Wrangler is too low level even in comparison with direct competitors.
The remaining models, that were tested in the latest crash tests, received a maximum of five stars. This is about new generations of Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe crossovers, the Peugeot 508 and Volvo S60 sedans, the Volvo V60 wagon, as well as the increasingly popular Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV.
However, even some 5-Star cars had problems. Euro NCAP tests of the Hyundai Santa Fe revealed an issue when the side curtain airbags on vehicles with a panoramic roof could be broken during unfolding.
Hyundai, by the way, has already changed the attachment of airbags, and early cars are subject to official recall.
The new BMW X5 also revealed problems with airbags. The driver’s knee pad was improperly installed, and during the frontal test provided only a little extra protection for his legs.
Source: Euro NCAP