The new Jeep Wrangler fares poorly in the just released results of Euro NCAP crash tests, earning a one-star rating—a disappointing performance for a freshly redesigned model. In determining its ratings, the European agency performs a series of crash tests: into a front offset deformable barrier at 40 mph; into a front full-width rigid barrier at 31 mph (as shown in the photo above); into a side-impact mobile barrier, also at 31 mph; plus whiplash tests at 10 and 15 mph and pedestrian-impact simulation testing at 25 mph, measuring head and leg injuries.
Although the Wrangler earned a top score in the side barrier test and was rated Good for whiplash protection, it did not do well in the frontal crash tests. In its comments, Euro NCAP indicated that the Wrangler provided only marginal protection for the chest, body area, and neck for the driver and/or adult passenger, while offering better protection of the knees and femurs. The results for protection of a 10-year-old dummy in a car seat were mixed, and there were issues with the ease of installation of various child seats in different seating positions. Pedestrian-impact scores also dragged down the Jeep's overall rating, as did the lack of lane-keeping assist and automated emergency braking. (Note that the latter will be available in Europe-market Wranglers starting in early 2019 and is available now in North American–market cars.)
In a statement, FCA spokesman Eric Mayne said that the new Jeep Wrangler "meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold. Further, the Jeep Wrangler is engineered to deliver superior performance and unique driving experiences under the most demanding conditions. Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle."
U.S. crash-test results, which are performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), have not yet been released. Surely, Jeep has to be hoping for better results when they are. The outgoing model, the JK Wrangler, got three-star (driver's side) and two-star (passenger's side) ratings in NHTSA's frontal crash tests.
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