Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been told to step up to the mark on vehicle safety after the 2018 Fiat Panda was given a zero-star rating in the latest Euro NCAP tests while the Jeep Wrangler scored just one star.
"It is truly disappointing to see a brand new vehicle being put on sale in 2018 with no autonomous braking system and no lane assistance", commented Euro NCAP's Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen.
On the safety front, the Jaguar I-Pace benefits from its lightweight aluminium structure, which when paired to the integral battery pack, offers the highest torsional rigidity in any production Jaguar yet, mentions the company.
"The new Jeep Wrangler benefits from fully boxed, body-on-frame construction featuring pressure-formed front-rail sections, with high-strength steel in all critical areas", the spokesperson added.
The aging Panda, which was last tested by Euro NCAP seven years ago, shows how far behind it has fallen. The new auto assessment program tested Hyundai Santa Fe in four categories - safety of adult occupant, safety of child occupant, safety of vulnerable road users and safety assistance system. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the previous generation a three-star rating.
Jeep has defended the result, claiming the Wrangler "meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold" and that its focus on off-road performance means it does not align with "testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios". The new Audi Q3 scored 95 per cent for adult occupant protection and 86 per cent for child occupant protection.
More information on the test can be found at Euro NCAP.
The Wrangler will arrive in Australia in the first quarter of next year.
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.