At least it didn't get a zero-star rating like the Fiat Panda.
Despite being billed as one of the toughest off-roaders on the market, the Jeep Wrangler doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to safety and reliability. Recently, Wrangler owners have been complaining about experiencing a worrying “death wobble” in the new-generation model where an issue with the front axle causes the steering to violently shake. Now, the 2019 Jeep Wrangler has received a dismal one-star safety rating by Euro NCAP after it was put through rigorous crash testing.
Unfortunately, the SUV performed poorly in the Safety Assist category. Why? Because the 2019 Jeep Wrangler lacks modern active and safety systems such as automatic emergency braking and lane assistance in Europe. Despite being new for 2018, a seatbelt reminder and a simple driver-set speed limiter are the only safety assists included in the European Wrangler.
“It is truly disappointing to see a brand-new car being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance,” commented Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen. “It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat-Chrysler Group offering safety to rival its competitors.”
The all-new Wrangler didn’t perform very well in the Adult Occupant, Child Occupant and Pedestrian categories either, scoring 50 percent, 69 percent and 49 percent, respectively.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only FCA vehicle to receive a shockingly low safety rating, as the Fiat Panda now has the dubious honor of being the second car to be awarded a zero-star safety rating by Euro NCPA after the 2017 Fiat Punto. The Panda failed to reach even a single star because the only driver assist it offers is a seatbelt reminder and lane keep assist, speed assistance, and automatic emergency braking are not optionally available.
While other models tested by Euro NCAP such as the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, and Volvo V60 received glowing five-star ratings, they still had some issues that need addressing. The Hyundai Santa Fe, for example, had an issue where the side curtain airbags of cars equipped with a panoramic roof could be torn during deployment. Hyundai has already fixed this, however, and will be recalling early models. The BMW X5 also suffered from airbag problems, as the driver knee airbag didn’t deploy correctly in the frontal offset test, providing “little additional protection to the driver’s legs.” A similar issue was seen with the 5 Series in 2017.
“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,” Michiel van Ratingen said. “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.”