The Jeep Wrangler passed European safety tests—but just barely, earning a single star.

wrangler JL crash test

Euro NCAP does safety testing for vehicles sold in Europe, using different methods and criteria than the US-based NHTSA and IIHS. These include running into a front offset deformable barrier at 40 mph, crashing into a rigid barrier head-on at 31 mph (50 km/h), and a side-impact mobile barrier that hits at 31 mph. There are also two whiplash tests (at 10 and 15 mph), and a pedestrian impact test at 25 mph.


Issues NCAP had with the Wrangler included a low pedestrian impact rating (presumably it’s not a priority in the US, where it isn’t tested at all); hard-to-install child seats; and poor front crash test results. The car was also dinged for lacking a lane-holding system.

ncap 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL

Specific ratings were 50% for adult occupants, 69% for children, 49% for pedestrians (“vulnerable road users”), and 32% for safety assist.  By comparison, the small, inexpensive, and relatively old 2014 Jeep Renegade scored 87% for protecting adult occupants, 85% for children, 65% for pedestrians, and 74% for safety assist.

Sources: Discovered via Automotive NewsOriginal NCAP report