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Fiat’s city car joins the Punto hatchback in being awarded the lowest possible crash test score
Felix Page Autocar writer
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5 December 2018

The Fiat Panda has received a score of zero stars out of five in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash test scores.

The Euro NCAP tests aim to simulate real world-style crash tests, and the Panda is just the second car ever to score zero stars. The new Jeep Wrangler was among other models to undergo the test, and scored one star.

The Panda achieved sccored less than 50% in each of Euro NCAP’s four primary testing categories. Of most concern to Euro NCAP officials was the Panda’s capacity for protecting children in the rear seats. The model achieved the lowest ever score in this category, scoring 16% compared to a 79% average across all cars tested.

Regarding the Wrangler, produced by Fiat's fellow FCA Group brand Jeep, Euro NCAP noted that “several problems were seen when installing several child restraints in the vehicle.” 

The all-new SUV was awarded one star, joining the Punto and Panda as the three worst-rated vehicles to undergo the tests. 

The Seat Ibiza was awarded five stars in July 2017, with Matthew Avery from Thatcham Research – the only UK firm that conducts Euro NCAP crash tests – labelling it “a new benchmark in safety for the supermini price point category”. 

Avery says of the Panda: “the Fiat Panda is seen as a good choice for young drivers and fledgling families. But the only safety technology fitted were seatbelt reminders and the rear system failed to meet requirements, so wasn’t even rated.

“As the bare minimum, a standard-fit Autonomous Emergency Braking system should be available with the Fiat Panda. This is especially important since the car offers so little in the event of a collision.”

A Fiat spokesperson said: “we take the safety of our customers and other road users extremely seriously. The Fiat Panda complies with all safety legislation in every country in which it is sold”.

At the other end of the scoreboard, the maximum score of five stars was awarded to the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60

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5 December 2018

 If you’ve been building Cars for decades you’d think that they would know what it takes to make a Car that’s safe, that would pass all the tests saying it’s safe?, , why then churn out a Car by the thousands that is not safe?

5 December 2018

All the headlines are for the Panda, but its an ancient car.

The real shocker is the Wrangler. Launched in 2018 its arrogant of Jeep to ignore safety requirements.  Customers flock to SUVs in the belief that they are safer; this Wrangler result shows perception is not always reality.

5 December 2018
The Wrangler is very different than most SUVs. Nobody gets a Wrangler because it is safe or practical in any way. It's main purpose in existing is off-road driving and rock crawling. On road driving and safety comes second. I know most people don't actually use them that way, instead they drive them because they are "cool" or some sort of status symbol, but they are really meant for enthusiasts that don't care about safety or on road driving. People can complain about it all they want, but in reality the people that buy them for their intended purpose just don't care. Motorcycles are stupid dangerous, but nobody complains to motorcycle makers that don't don't emphasize safety enough, because that would be dumb. It is a similar story for the Wrangler.


5 December 2018

Well said Asleeper, the Wrangler isnt about safety and this is hardly likely to even be in the buyers decision process.

The motorcycle analogy is spot on!

6 December 2018

NCrAP is being a bit of a Tosser. 

They measure the car's safety when it's new and gave it 4 stars or something... then 6 years later they change the test and the same car suddenly fails to register a score because the car doesn't have "autonomous emergency braking" or "electronic stability control" or " a box of condoms in the glove-box ( "..the Panda  is aimed at young people after all...." (sic).

It's very disingenuous and undermines NCrAP's credibility, if a bunch of self-appointed sancitmonious phoneys ever had any anyway.

Panda is a cheap car that just doesn't have the latest safety "requirements" fitted. 

These days the latest test measures the presence of accident avoiding techno-gizmos, not pure crash survivability.  NCrAP alone decides what techno-gizmo gets a score and what doesn't.

So... we, as consumers are having our planks yanked because NCrAP likes to launch sensational scare stories to boost its own funding and wank away signalling its smug virtuosity.

Is Panda any less safe than it was 6 years ago?  Well.... if you took your driving test again tomorrow and failed because you couldn't see a tyre valve cap at 500m in the dark, would you be a worse driver? :D

What a load of old horse-shit... :D


Ralf S.

5 December 2018

When the Panda was introduced well over a decde ago it scored well in NCAP. But every year the standards have been raised.

5 December 2018
jagdavey wrote:

When the Panda was introduced well over a decde ago it scored well in NCAP. But every year the standards have been raised.


Very valid point. The 500 got a 5 star rating at launch if I recall correctly.

It is right that standards keep improving, but a chime to remind me to put on my seatbelt is pointless and doesn’t make me any safer.

5 December 2018
jagdavey wrote:

When the Panda was introduced well over a decde ago it scored well in NCAP. But every year the standards have been raised.

The current Panda was introduced in 2011, thats not "well over a decade ago", youre thinking of the previous Panda.

5 December 2018

When a secondhand Swift costing the same might well be the difference between life and death.


5 December 2018
xxxx wrote:

When a secondhand Swift costing the same might well be the difference between life and death.



When the current panda was tested in 2011 it scored 4 stars out of 5, it hasnt overnight become unsafe, the fact it doesnt do well now is more down to its lack of safety tech. Does this mean my wife's 2015 mii is unsafe as it too hasnt got the emergency brake kit, it was rated highly when tested, now would be less so. The used swift you refer to also is unlikely to do well as ncap keep moving the goal posts. I bought an 09 twingo for my son and I looked up its ncap score as I wanted a safe car, again if retested itd probably get 0, but it got 4 stars. Yes fiat should be adding more kit as standard to stay competetive but the cars structure and ability to withstand the impacts cant have changed.


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