Jeep Wrangler caught eyes because of the 2018 full redesign. However, it seems that results are not as the manufacturer expected. The recent Euro NCAP test is the very first safety test that is independent for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
It needs to be mentioned that the Wrangler never actually did well in crash tests. According to the US NHTSA, the past generation Wrangler just got a 3 star rating. The Euro NCAP test is different as it puts a lot of weight on having driver assistance systems in place. Wrangler does lack in this department.
Jeep Wrangler 2018 lost many points because it does not have lane-keep assist and automatic emergency breaking. These are not even available as an extra option in Europe. The good news is that the 2019 Jeep Wrangler will have this available through active breaking in the US market. This is available through an extra $795 payment. The extra adds the possibility to automatically brake up to a full stop when the sensors feel that a collision might happen. Besides this, the package also includes a good adaptive cruise control system. However, lane-keep assist will not even be available for the 2019 model.
Besides the important active driver safety systems lack, the impact testing did not go well. Adult occupant safety during crashes ended up being 56.7%. The child occupant safety result was 69%. Both of these are very bad numbers. This practically means that driver assistance features lack is not the only factor that creates this really bad score.
Industry specialists were not surprised to see the 2018 Jeep Wrangler’s test results. However, many potential buyers did not know much about it. If you want to learn more about the tests, you can click here. There is also a video that was released. You might not want to see it though, even if it is not as bad as Fiat Panda, which got a zero stars rating in a crash test.
In the US, crash test ratings for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler need to be released by both IIHS and NHTSA. Results will most likely be different but not as much.