Fiat Panda scores zero stars in Euro NCAP test

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler undergoing Euro NCAP crash testing					Handout Euro NCAP

The Euro NCAP tested this year a little over 20 cars.

While the aforementioned cars all five-star rated to no one's surprise, Jeep's latest Wrangler and Fiat Panda did the otherwise.

"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", said Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, Euro NCAP.

FCA has defended its 4x4 rock-hopper, saying it meets federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold. "Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle". It must be noted, the Euro NCAP awarded this rating despite the Wrangler's ideal score on side-impact tests.

While the 0 Star Car is still a sad reality in India as we have seen recently with the Renault Lodgy, Europe more often than not has cars that scores a higher 4 or 5 star safety rating across the board.

In other tests, the new Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace and Peugeot 508 were all awarded five star ratings along with the Volvo V60 and S60.

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

Elsewhere, the driver knee airbag in the new BMW X5 was found to not deploy correctly in the frontal offset test, similar to that seen with the 5 Series when it was tested a year ago. Euro NCAP testing puts a lot more weight on driver assistance systems in its testing, an area where the new Wrangler is somewhat lacking.

The remaining five were praised by Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP found that the connection between the A-pillar and the trans-facia beam of the Wrangler was damaged in a way that indicated the structure would be unable to withstand higher loads in a frontal offset test. The footwell, it said, had "reached the limits of its structural integrity". 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.

Frontal offset crash tests showed poor protection for both head and neck.

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.

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. The Euro NCAP has multiple assessment methods to identify how safe the vehicle is.

It failed to achieve more than 50 per cent in any of the four key tests that the safety organisation puts a auto through.

The Panda was originally tested when the latest generation first went on sale in 2011, attaining a four star rating.

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