Jaguar I-Pace clears Euro NCAP tests with full five-star rating

Fiat Panda at Euro NCAP

Fiat Panda at Euro NCAP

Last tested by Euro NCAP in 2011, the Panda is clearly showing its age, but in a bad day all round for the Fiat-Chrysler group their all-new Jeep Wrangler could only muster one star out of five overall thanks to its paucity of driver-assistance systems.

This year trials have been more complex and strict than ever before.They included testing of a cyclist detection system with automatic braking and lane keep assist in emergencies.

"We're working with Fiat Chrysler Australia to determine the safety specification of models to be supplied locally", said ANCAP CEO James Goodwin. So poor it was given a one-star safety rating.

To add to FCA's woes, the new Jeep Wrangler managed just a one star rating, with the man from Thatcham expressing astonishment that any vehicle at this price doesn't get AEB fitted.

The second-gen Audi Q3, which was unveiled in July 2018 and is expected to arrive in India before the end of 2019, has secured a five-star rating in the latest round of Euro NCAP's crash tests.

Being virtually the same auto, except for the slightly different body style, the two managed the same score in all categories: 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 84 percent for child occupant protection, 74 percent for pedestrian and cyclists protection and 76 percent for safety assist systems. The footwell, it said, had "reached the limits of its structural integrity".

Euro NCAP used the Jeep Wrangler Sahara four-door Unlimited model for this test.

The BMW X5 also suffered from airbag problems, the driver knee airbag not deploying correctly in the frontal offset test and providing little additional protection to the driver's legs. "The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold".

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. "Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle".

These tests are for the European market, so it will be interesting to see what the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests show for crash results here in North America.

It draws parallels to the two-star score achieved by the Ford Mustang in early 2017, which scored poorly in the area of rear occupant protection.

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