The Jeep JL Wrangler was recently subjected to a series of crash tests as part of the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) which is the first fully independent study so far for the newly redesigned Wrangler.
Unfortunately, the NCAP score was not so good. One out of five stars.
Historically, the Wrangler has not done well in Safety Crash Tests, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the previous generation Jeep JK Wrangler scored only a three out of five stars.
Now, before you call the dealer and cancel the order, the NCAP system is weighted towards technological advances and therefore puts a lot of value on driver assist systems including automatic braking and lane assist. Neither of which the 2018 JL Wrangler offers, nor do most Wrangler owners want.
However, if you look at the raw scores for the JL, adult occupant safety was scored at 56.7 percent while child occupant safety scored 69 percent. Neither of which are considered gold star scores.
FCA and Jeep were fast to respond to the report by saying the Jeep JL Wrangler “meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold. Further, the Jeep Wrangler is engineered to deliver superior performance and unique driving experiences under the most demanding conditions. Testing protocols that apply exclusively to urban scenarios may not align with such a vehicle.”
As any owner of a Jeep Wrangler (any generation) can attest, we buy them for the country performance, not necessarily for the city experience. But the JL Wrangler is the most advanced open-top Jeep ever built, and we believe owners will expect to have all the best safety equipment, on, and off, road.
Jeep is expected to provide driver assist features in 2019 models, for an extra fee, of course.
The next step for the JL Wrangler will be testing by the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, both of which will give us an idea of the validity of this European test.
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