2018 Fiat Panda Destroyed and tested under strict modern regulations by European New Car Assessment Program Recently, I came out of it with a solid zero out of five stars. The video from the test looks almost identical to the video played on NCAP Panda in 2011when the car received a four-star rating.
But in 2018, Euro NCAP deemed the Panda a zero-star car. Across all assessments, Panda scored 45 percent of the total score in protecting adult occupants, 16 percent in protecting child occupants, 47 percent in protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, and 7 percent in assisting safety.
The Fiat Panda is not sold in the United States, but is on the European market, which means that it falls within the scope of the Euro NCAP test.
Euro NCAP said the Panda’s passenger compartment remained stable during the forward displacement test shown in the animation above, but that this common among vehicles In areas that undergo rigorous crash testing these days. The phantom readings showed some problems, which the NCAP said showed poor driver chest protection in forward testing. (“Poor” is the second lowest rating, with “poor” listed as the lowest NCAP rating). Chest and neck protection got low ratings in most tests, while leg and knee protection performed well.
The graph on the Euro NCAP website explains most of what has to be said about Panda’s current standards child protection classification:
In pedestrian protection, most areas on the outside of the Panda scored either adequate or marginal this year, with Margin being in the mid-five ratings and Sufficient being second best. Pedestrian protection was poor around the windshield and A-pillars, according to the NCAP.
Where the car really underperformed was in the safety assistance technology, where it scored 7 percent. NCAP has categories for speed assistance, lane support, seat belt reminders, automatic emergency braking, and the Panda scored zero points in every category except seat belt reminders. Here is NCAP’s quick comment on the vehicle’s assistance features:
The Panda has a seat belt reminder system for the front and rear seats. However, the system did not meet Euro NCAP requirements for the rear and only the front seat system was registered. The Panda is not equipped with any other driver assistance system that scores points in the Euro NCAP classification scheme.
Jalopnik has reached out to Fiat Europe for comment on the car’s model year ratings, and will update this story if we hear it back.
This 2011 model year Panda and Panda are part of The third generation of the carbut the 2011 car was brag evaluation—four out of five stars — while the 2018 model will make headlines for the wrong reasons. Euro NCAP standards have changed “incrementally” since 2014, according to German Association of the Automotive IndustryAnd, it seems, the pandas weren’t doing very well during those changes.
The car looks practically the same as it did seven years ago, and here’s what one of the corners looked like in both front-end tests of the Deformable Fender, with 2011 on the bottom and 2018 on top. (The full 2011 test video is over here.)
In the overall four-star rating from 2011, the Panda scored 82 percent in adult protection, 63 percent in child protection, 49 percent in pedestrian protection and 43 percent in safety assistance. There have been “significant changes” in how Euro NCAP assesses occupant and pedestrian protection since 2015, though, according to the German Automobile Industry Association, such as testing dummies that represent passengers and drivers of different ages, sizes and weights. Baby dolls were also replaced in 2016 to more accurately show potential injuries, and changes were made to pedestrian assessment.
Regardless, the 2018 zero-star Panda looks a lot like the 2011 four-star. The only difference is that safety standards have changed, and Panda doesn’t seem to have changed with them.
Update, Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 12:30 PM ET: A Fiat spokesperson told Jalopnik that “Panda meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold.”