The Jeep Wrangler SUV has scored only four stars in the latest round of crash tests by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), falling short of a possible five.
The results, based on the two-door 3.6-litre V6 Jeep Wrangler, highlighted the fact that while the SUV provides dual front airbags for front seat passengers, chest and head-protecting side airbags – the latter required to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating – are an optional extra.
A rating of “poor” was also handed down for the Wrangler’s level of pedestrian protection.
With the Jeep Wrangler first being introduced into Australia in 2007, ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh stressed the need for consumers to look at safer, more modern cars.
"There are now many SUVs which have been awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating. Consumers should make sure they make a five-star choice when buying their next car.”
Just last week the Holden Colorado 7 and all-new Honda CR-V were among a list of cars that received the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.