New Jeep Wrangler does terribly in European crash tests
The new 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler has scored a whole one star in crash testing, according to the Euro NCAP rating system.
The poor rating is mostly due to the lack of driver assistance systems available on the SUV: emergency braking and lane-keep assist are not standard, or even available on European-spec Wranglers.
Buyers of 2019 Wranglers can add emergency braking and adaptive cruise control in the U.S. for US$795.
The lack of driver assistance wasn’t the only thing that brought the score down for the Wrangler; it scored a 50 per cent safety rating for adults and a 69 per cent for children. Not so nice.
We are actually fairly surprised the glass didn’t break on some of the more intense tests, as the upright and flat window usually cracks at even the thought of a stone.
These tests are for the European market, so it will be interesting to see what the NHTSA and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests show for crash results here in North America. Tests in the U.S. do not rely as heavily on driver assistance technology for scores.