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Euro NCAP Crash Tests Two Virtually Identical Volvos, Gives Them Five Stars

Euro NCAP Crash Tests Two Virtually Identical Volvos, Gives Them Five Stars

Europe's equivalent of the United States' Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2018 Jeep Wrangler a dangerously low one-star safety rating on Wednesday.

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 test results also showcased that the knee and the femur protection was good but while subjected to a full frontal test, dummy readings indicated weak protection of the head and neck. Automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring system are some safety features that are lacking in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

The new Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60 and Volvo S60, meanwhile, each achieved a maximum five-star rating.

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.

"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".

While the rating applies to both three-door and five-door variants of the Wrangler JL, the test was conducted using a Wrangler Unlimited in Sahara trim with a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine.

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It scored 50 percent for adult occupant safety, 69 percent for child occupant safety, 49 percent for vulnerable road user safety and 32 percent for its safety assistance equipment.

The Wrangler safety rating calls into question the safety standards for the upcoming Jeep Gladiator pick-up that is based on a stretched version of the rigid Wrangler chassis.

The Panda follows the Punto as only the second vehicle to score zero stars under Euro NCAP assessment. The Panda, last tested in 2011, has now been comprehensively overtaken by rival superminis in the race for safety.

Child occupant protection has nearly halved, from 31 per cent to 16, while pedestrian protection has not changed much, going from 49 per cent to 47.

In the latest frontal crash testing, the best chest protection rating - for the front passenger in the offset test - was adequate, while the worst was a poor rating for the rear passenger in the full frontal impact test.