Fiat Panda gets zero-star Euro NCAP rating

Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time

Fiat Panda scores zero stars in Euro NCAP test

In fact, Euro NCAP tested it alongside other vehicles and gave it only 1 star.

Euro NCAP stated its displeasure on the Wrangler by saying that it was "truly disappointing" to see a new vehicle in 2018 with no autonomous braking and lane assistance. "It is high time we saw a product from the Fiat Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors".

The four-wheel drive wagon, which is due to arrive in Australian showrooms early in 2019, has acheived a one-star rating in the latest round of tests conducted by the independent European New Car Assessment program. The Panda's 0 star rating follows the Punto which also scored 0 stars and was taken off markets in 8 months and follows the poor performance of FCA in Euro NCAP with even Jeep Wrangler which has scored only a single star out of 5.

The aging Panda, which was last tested by Euro NCAP seven years ago, shows how far behind it has fallen. The SUV scored 50 per cent for adult occupants, 69 percent for child occupants, and only 32 percent for safety assist features.

Jaguar's all-electric I-Pace might have received critical acclaim but now with a five-star rating from Euro NCAP, it looks more promising than ever. Interestingly, while Euro NCAP found the Panda's passenger compartment "remained stable" in the frontal offset test, dummy readings of driver chest compression indicated "weak protection" for this body area.

Fiat Panda 2018 lands zero stars Euro NCAP safety rating - Second worst rating of all time

The company says the Jeep is designed for demanding off-road driving and that "testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle".

Given that the auto would be driven mostly in the city in stop-start traffic, NCAP also mentions, "the standard-fit autonomous emergency braking system performed well in tests of its functionality at low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused".

The Wrangler also carries Australian Design Rule (ADR) approval for use on Australian roads, despite any safety score issued by crash test authorities.

The Wrangler will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of next year.

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