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 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”.