Fiat Panda Hatchback Scores 0 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test

Irving Hamilton
December 8, 2018

Over the last 37 years, 75 lakh Fiat Panda cars have been sold globally. 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.

The Jeep Wrangler got a full redesign for the 2018 model year, and this Euro NCAP test we have here is the first official independent safety testing we've seen for the new model. When the all-new Jeep Wrangler 4×4 was put through the same crash testing regime, it scored a paltry one-star rating. In fact, the lane-keep assist and emergency braking are not standard on the Euro-spec new Jeep Wrangler.

Fiat Panda received its poor performance in Child Occupant Protection performance scoring 16% for children seated in the rear while the average rating for new cars is 79%. "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.

Even the models scoring five stars were not flawless as for instance the Hyundai Santa Fe had an issue with side curtain airbags and could not be torn while the BMW X5 failed to deploy knee airbag correctly.

You can dive deep into the Euro NCAP website to read the entire report on the Wrangler, but I'll dish out a few salient details here. 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.

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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. In Europe, that job falls to the Euro New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).

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.

It failed to achieve more than 50 per cent in any of the four key tests that the safety organisation puts a auto through. It scored 45 per cent for adult occupant safety.

Results included weak driver chest protection in the frontal offset test, poor rear passenger chest protection in the full-width frontal test, and poor rear seat whiplash protection in the rear impact test.

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