Fiat Panda scores zero stars in Euro NCAP test

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The Seat Ibiza was awarded five stars in July 2017, with Matthew Avery from Thatcham Research - the only United Kingdom firm that conducts Euro NCAP crash tests - labelling it "a new benchmark in safety for the supermini price point category". The European safety organisation invited nine cars: Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508, Volvo V60 and Volvo S60 for evaluation and the results are on table.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler offers marginal protection to the driver and passengers during crash tests.

It is only the second auto ever to handed a zero-star Euro NCAP rating, with the other vehicle being the Fiat Punto 2017. "It is high time we saw a product from the FIAT-Chrysler group offering safety to rival its competitors", says Michiel van Ratingen.

The lack of driver assistance wasn't the only thing that brought the score down for the Wrangler; it scored a 50 per cent safety rating for adults and a 69 per cent for children.

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 a year ago.

"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".

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Being virtually the same vehicle, 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. In the frontal offset test, Euro NCAP reported that the "connection between the A-pillar and the trans-facia beam was damaged in a way that indicated the structure would be unable to withstand higher loads". Similarly, deformation of the Wrangler's footwell showed that the structure had "reached the limit of its integrity". It does not even offer lane keep assist, speed assistance, autonomous emergency braking as optional features with seatbelt reminder being the only standard safety equipment.

Results included weak driver chest protection in the frontal offset test, poor rear passenger chest protection in the full-width frontal test, and poor rear seat whiplash protection in the rear impact test.

The Panda was originally tested when the latest generation first went on sale in 2011, attaining a four star rating.

The test score, which came out overnight in Europe, showed that the left-hand-drive four-door Wrangler tested scored poorly in one of four categories it was marked under.

The only points collected in the safety assist assessment were for seatbelt reminders.

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