Jeep is confident the newly launched Jeep Compass will get a four-star safety rating in Australia despite the small SUV getting a lowly two-star rating in Europe.
Under Euro NCAP’s scoring system, the Compass’s poor performance in the pedestrian protection test – where it managed just 23 per cent – meant it was not eligible for an overall score higher than two stars.
Despite being affiliated and sharing basic fundamentals, Euro NCAP and ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program) have slightly different scoring systems, which, confusingly, can result in different overall star ratings for vehicles.
ANCAP’s Rhianne Robson said the Compass’s two-star Euro NCAP rating was “a very disappointing result”.
Robson said ANCAP would look at Euro NCAP’s results over the next couple of weeks, run them through the local scoring system and give the car an official Australian rating.
Jeep Australia’s Lenore Fletcher said the company expected the Compass’s star rating to double for our market.
“Under Australian NCAP standards, we believe it will get a four-star rating, and we believe that quite strongly,” Fletcher said.
She said Jeep Australia expected the ANCAP system to rate the Compass more favourably in a number of technical areas, including the performance of the active head restraints and seatbelt reminders, and the overall pedestrian rating.
Robson said ANCAP could not speculate on the Compass’s potential Australian rating at this stage.
The updated Jeep Compass was launched locally in January, and Jeep Australia earned criticism from the motoring media for failing to equip the model with six airbags as standard. Dual front and curtain airbags are included, but side airbags are optional as part of the $550-$800 Safety and Comfort package.
Fletcher said Jeep was currently looking at making side airbags standard in the Compass.
“Absolutely. Wherever possible we try to offer the maximum safety available in our vehicles.
“It is something we are moving to throughout the range.”
Meanwhile, the Honda Civic hatchback was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. The rating is expected to carry over to an ANCAP rating, with confirmation due in the coming weeks.