Fiat Panda Gets Zero Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating BMW X5, Jaguar I Pace And Volvo S60 Get Five Stars

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The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has released the test results of its latest vehicle crash test set, and seven out of the nine vehicles tested have obtained the maximum five-star rating. Two models, however, performed very poorly – the new Jeep Wrangler managed only a one-star rating, while the Fiat Panda didn’t even manage a star.

The aging Panda, which was last tested by Euro NCAP seven years ago, shows how far behind it has fallen. It scored 45% in the adult occupant protection (AOP) category, 47% for pedestrian protection (VRU) but only 16% for child occupant protection (COP).

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 vehicle’s abysmal zero-star rating matches that achieved by its stablemate, the Punto, back in 2017.

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It has at least age to hide behind. The Jeep Wrangler is an all-new vehicle, a fresh introduction this year.

As tested in its Sahara four-dour Unlimited variant form, the Wrangler managed a score of 50% for AOP, 69% for COP and 49% for VRU, but only 32% in the safety assist category.

Armed with a seatbelt reminder and a simple driver-set speed limiter, but no other form of driver-assistance systems, the vehicle is by current overall test standards only up to a one-star rating. Euro NCAP’s secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said it was truly disappointing to see a brand-new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance.

The rest of the field was made up of the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo S60 and V60, all of which were five-star rated.

>Euro NCAP 2018 Jaguar I-Pace
>Euro NCAP 2018 Peugeot 508
>Euro NCAP 2018 Volvo V60

Not all cleared the posts without issue. Tests on the Santa Fe highlighted an issue where the side curtain airbags of cars equipped with a panoramic roof could be torn during deployment. Hyundai has already changed the airbag fixings in production, and early cars will be subject to an official recall.

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 last year. Because of this, the unit provided little additional protection to the driver’s legs.

The remaining five were praised by Euro NCAP. “To be fair, the Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60/S60 have set the standard against which others are judged this time, and other manufacturers could do well to follow their example. The I-Pace, especially, demonstrates that future vehicles will be good for the environment but also provide high levels of safety,” he said.

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Source : https://paultan.org/2018/12/06/fiat-panda-gets-zero-star-euro-ncap-safety-rating-bmw-x5-jaguar-i-pace-and-volvo-s60-get-five-stars/

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