Fiat Panda rates worst new model for safety

If you thought all new automobiles are the most secure they are often… assume once more. The well-respected and impartial Thatcham automobile testing laboratory has given the 2018 facelift mannequin Fiat Panda one of many lowest scores in its historical past – zero factors (the utmost is 5 factors). Just one different automotive, the Fiat Punto in 2017, has plumbed such depths within the trendy period.

The Panda failed to attain greater than 50 per cent in any of the classes protecting adults, kids, passenger and pedestrian security; actually it scored the bottom of any automobile examined for youngster occupant safety (16 per cent, towards a mean of 79 per cent). From the identical Fiat Chrysler Group steady, the all-new Jeep Wrangler wins solely a one-star ranking.

In contrast a sizeable group of recent fashions achieved a full five-star ranking, and among the many very most secure are the Audi Q3, Jaguar I-Tempo, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60, with the BMW X5 and Hyundai Santa Fe not far behind.

Matthew Avery, Thatcham’s director of analysis, commented: “Most troubling is that the Fiat Panda is seen as a sensible choice for younger drivers and fledgling households. However the one security expertise fitted have been seatbelt reminders and the rear system failed to fulfill necessities, so wasn’t even rated. The place budgets are tight, think about a safer second-hand small automotive, just like the five-star Seat Ibiza.

“Carmakers throughout all classes have responded positively to the extra exacting checks introduced in by Euro NCAP this yr, particularly those who assess crash avoidance expertise. Because the naked minimal, a standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system ought to be obtainable with the Fiat Panda. That is particularly essential because the automotive gives so little safety within the occasion of a collision.

“These surprising Euro NCAP take a look at outcomes exhibit an inconsistent dedication to security, as Fiat has produced four- and five-star automobiles previously.”

The Thatcham testers have been additionally involved in regards to the new Jeep Wrangler 4×4 automobile, with a modest 50 per cent grownup occupant safety rating.  

Mr Avery provides: “In contrast to the Fiat Panda, the Jeep Wrangler is a wholly new automobile and doesn’t come low cost. Patrons outlaying over £50,000 on a automotive ought to anticipate greater than a one-star security ranking. No AEB system is fitted, which is unparalleled on this worth bracket.

“There have been numerous points with the Wrangler in influence testing too, when it comes to deformation of the footwell and harm to connecting constructions, whereas the make-up of the dashboard was seen to current a danger to occupants.” 

Thatcham Analysis has administered the Affiliation of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Score system for the previous 50 years. Group Score is an advisory system supposed to supply insurers with the relative danger of personal automobiles and lightweight business automobiles.

A founder member of the worldwide Analysis Council for Vehicle Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Analysis has additionally been a member of the European New Automotive Evaluation Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

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