THE newly released Jeep Wrangler enters the Australian market with a 1-star ANCAP safety rating, having scored just 50 per cent for adult occupant protection, 49 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 32 per cent for safety assist.
“The safety performance of the Wrangler is limited, falling well shy of the expected standard in three of the four key areas of assessment,” ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said.
“Chest protection was a concern for the driver and rear passenger in each of the frontal crash tests; a number of penalties were applied for structural deformation and potential leg injury hazards; and base variants lack autonomous emergency braking altogether.”
The 2019 Jeep Wrangler is the only current model 1-star safety rated vehicle on Australian roads and the first since the Proton Jumbuck back in 2009, some ten years ago. Just three vehicles sold in Australia have been awarded one star.
“Safety is something we take incredibly seriously and every other member of the Jeep family of vehicles wears a five-star safety rating with pride, whether tested by ANCAP in Australia or by Euro NCAP,” a spokesperson for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia said.
“The new Jeep Wrangler is a specialist off-road performance vehicle that has more than 70 advanced standard and available safety equipment. This includes front and side airbags, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, parking sensors, a rear-view camera and autonomous emergency braking, all of which are paired with the use of high-strength steel in the Wrangler’s construction designed to protect the cabin in the case of an accident,” she said.
“The Wrangler also meets federal safety requirements in Australia and is compliant with Australian Design Rules (ADR), the national government standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions in Australia.”
The ANCAP safety rating news was significantly better for three vehicles at the other end of the scale, with the Toyota HiAce and Rav4 both receiving a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, along with the soon to be released Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.
The rating for the HiAce in particular is a landmark achievement for the commercial van segment, with the new model the first to achieve a 5-star ANCAP safety rating under the new testing criteria.
Australia’s top selling van, the Toyota HiAce, achieved scores of 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 84 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 77 per cent for safety assist.
“For many, the vehicle is their workplace and Toyota should be applauded for providing the same level of safety in the HiAce as we see in today’s passenger cars and SUVs,” Mr Goodwin said.
“The rating for the Nissan Leaf provides consumers and fleet buyers with another safe electric vehicle option,” he said.