Fiat Panda rates worst new model for safety

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

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

In contrast a sizeable group of latest fashions achieved a full five-star score, 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 good selection for younger drivers and fledgling households. However the one security know-how fitted have been seatbelt reminders and the rear system failed to satisfy necessities, so wasn’t even rated. The place budgets are tight, think about a safer second-hand small automobile, 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 know-how. Because the naked minimal, a standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system must be obtainable with the Fiat Panda. That is particularly necessary because the automobile presents so little safety within the occasion of a collision.

“These surprising Euro NCAP check outcomes reveal an inconsistent dedication to security, as Fiat has produced four- and five-star vehicles previously.”

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

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

“There have been quite a lot of 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 Ranking system for the previous 50 years. Group Ranking is an advisory system meant to offer insurers with the relative danger of personal vehicles 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 Automobile Evaluation Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

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