ANCAP gives Jeep Patriot 5 stars, slams Great Wall V200
ANCAP has announced its latest round of test results awarding the 2014 Jeep Patriot a five-star rating, but has slammed the Great Wall V200 4×4 giving it a three-star rating only.
ANCAP HAS ANNOUNCED its latest crash safety results awarding the 2014 Jeep Patriot 4×2 five stars (the 4×4 variant is untested) while the Great Wall Motors V200 ute could only manage three stars.
ANCAP said the Patriot scored well in each of the physical crash tests, scoring 32.73 out of 37, which places it right at the bottom of the five-star rating. By comparison, the 2013 Ford Kuga scored 36.33 out of 37.
Disappointingly, the Great Wall V200 4×4 single-cab scored only 3 stars, scoring 22.07 out of 37 with ANCAP saying, “The passenger compartment lost structural integrity in the frontal offset crash test. Accelerator pedal movement was excessive. After the crash, tools were required to open the driver door. Steering column components were a potential source of knee injury for the driver. Dash components were a potential source of knee injury for the passenger”. It joins the V240 which was tested earlier, managing only a 2 star rating.
The 2014 Ford Ranger 4×4, by comparison, is a five-star vehicle, scoring 35.72 out of 37.
“Price is of course one of the key factors when it comes to deciding which car to buy, but that shouldn’t mean we compromise on safety,” said Lauchlan McIntosh, ANCAP chairman.
“Today’s two ratings highlight the differences we’re still seeing between passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles (LCVs).
“LCVs are still being afforded regulatory concessions when it comes to safety but there is no reason why LCVs should be built to lesser standards than passenger cars,” said Mr McIntosh.
In the first half of 2014, 90% of new passenger vehicles sold held a 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Only 55% of light commercial vehicles offered the same high level of safety.