New FIAT Panda gets 0 star NCAP rating – one of the lowest in history

New FIAT Panda gets 0 star NCAP rating – one of the lowest in history
New FIAT Panda gets 0 star NCAP rating – one of the lowest in history

The 2018 FIAT Panda has been awarded a zero star rating under the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP), making it one of only two zero-rated cars in Euro NCAP’s history. The other was the FIAT Punto in 2017.

The car failed to achieve more than 50 per cent in any of the safety organisation’s four key testing categories.

Concern over child safety

The safety of children seated in the backseat was of specific concern to experts, with the FIAT Panda’s Child Occupant Protection score of 16 per cent falling significantly short of the 79 per cent average.

The newest FIAT Panda did not perform well in safety testing (Photo: Thatcham Research)
The newest FIAT Panda did not perform well in
safety testing (Photo: Thatcham Research)

•Another poor performer in this month’s round of Euro NCAP testing was the new Jeep Wrangler, which only achieved a one star rating. It joins the FIAT Punto and FIAT Panda as the three lowest rated vehicles to go through the programme.

Five star ratings

At the other end of the scale, five star ratings were awarded to the Audi Q3, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I Pace, Peugeot 508 and Volvo V60.

Thatcham Research is the UK’s only Euro NCAP accredited crash testing centre. They are an independent voice on safety.

Thatcham has a key role, both in crash testing to evaluate the protection offered by the vehicle in the event of a crash, to assess the ability of a vehicle to avoid a crash in the first place, and in the development of future testing protocols for new technology.

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