The all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a stinging one-star safety rating in the latest round of assessments from independent body, Euro NCAP.
The single-star result revealed by Euro NCAP today comes as a massive blow to the new model before it goes on sale, making it the lowest-rated car as tested under 2018 criteria, which not only analyses crash data for occupant protection, but evaluates accident avoidance tech and pedestrian impact performance.
According to crash data from Euro NCAP, the new Wrangler’s low adult occupant (50 per cent) and vulnerable road user (49 per cent) protection led to the result. The lack of technologies like AEB and curtain airbags make for a very low 32 per cent assist systems score.
Jeep was quick to address the Wrangler’s low test result, with the company releasing a statement defending the Wrangler’s crash assessment, citing the specialist nature of the vehicle to justify the rating, as follows:
“The new Jeep Wrangler – an award-winning vehicle with unmatched capability and worldwide appeal – 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.
“Notwithstanding such misalignment, 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 vehicle offers more than 70 advanced safety and security features, including four standard-equipment air bags and, starting in early 2019, an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that combines the benefits of camera and radar technologies.”
One of the critical areas of assessment, the lack of AEB, is set to improve as part of a running change to the Wrangler overseas. Australia-bound Wranglers will include the collision avoidance technology as standard from launch.