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Euro NCAP Says Jeep Compass "Disappoints", Honda Civic "Impresses" in Latest Crash Tests - Carscoop

Compass received 2 stars in European crash testing, not good! :(

From the article:

The facelifted Jeep Compass, on the other hand, achieved only two stars against the 2012 criteria, with the European body stating that it "underachieved" in most areas of Euro NCAP’s assessment.

According to the results, the compact SUV showed poor protection levels for passengers, particularly in the side pole test, while in pedestrian protection, it scored a "disappointing" 23 percent.

"Compact SUVs are the most popular sport-utility segment in Europe, but the Jeep Compass did not demonstrate itself as strong contender on safety in comparison to other tested competitors in the same category," Euro NCAP said in a statement.

Commenting on the latest results, Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General, said:

"The results published today show clearly that a 5 star these days means a lot more than a 5 star some years ago. Many car makers have moved on and so have we. Cars based on older technology, brushed up and marketed as new are not providing the same levels as safety as the newest models developed against the new targets. Consumers interested in a fair comparison will not be fooled by these results."
 

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Detailed reports for both Jeep and Honda can be found here:

Jeep: http://www.euroncap.com/files/474_datasheet.pdf
Honda: http://www.euroncap.com/files/475_datasheet.pdf

I noticed a couple interesting facts:

1. Jeep failed miserably in pedestrian tests. I know this might sound downright evil but being inside the car, I'm not too concerned about this score. I've been pretty successful in not driving into people, you know… Note: rating is limited to 2 stars solely because of low score in this test.
2. I don't know why Jeep failed in seatbelt reminder tests — the test doesn't mention why this system doesn't meet the "Europ NCAP's Requirements".

From my perspective, this test is just a reminder to be careful on the road. Honestly, I'm not too worried about it. I'm curious what does everyone else think.
 

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Theres a good video of the test footage and in it the active head restraints don't trigger, maybe they don't allow these in Europe? Or else they weren't equipped...
 

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According to detailed report:

The Compass is equipped with an active head restraint. This senses when the car has been struck and deploys the restraint to reduce the distance between the head and the restraint. However, Jeep did not provide evidence to demonstrate that the system operates robustly over a range of speeds and impact severities specified by Euro NCAP, so the system was tested 'passively', without deployment.
This basically means that it wasn't tested at all. Sounds shady, if you ask me.
 

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Don't panic yet!!!

For some added confusion/perspective:

From the site:

JEEP has scored its anticipated four-star crash-test rating in Australia for the recently facelifted Compass SUV – two stars better than it had achieved under the tougher new European test regime.

The Compass gained the higher rating in Australia simply because of differences in the way test results are weighted, with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) giving more emphasis to rollover protection and less to pedestrian protection than the Euro NCAP regime.

General News - Jeep Compass safety rating boost | GoAuto

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There is someone on this forum who posted being hit in an accident and his side airbags DID NOT deploy. Something also that they won't in all situations. I have them in my Compass and figured it was good to have when not driving the much bigger Grand Cherokee I have.

This gives a false sense of additional air bag safety. I would think anyone being hit on the side would expect them to deploy on any impact and not wait for a terminal impact to custon you dead body.
 

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It tells us just like gas millage ratings they can make the number be whatever they want. But in reality never as good as claimed not nearly.
 

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it's top rated in the US. what does that tell you about the tests?
It tells you that the other tests are more stringent and consider vehicles of better build quality that aren't available over here, making the outcome lower for the Compass.

It also tells you that the pedestrian rules in UK are probably too strict! :)
 

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It tells you that the other tests are more stringent and consider vehicles of better build quality that aren't available over here, making the outcome lower for the Compass.
not neccessarily. they just test different things, and in different environments. for example, they turned the active head restraints off. how can you test a vehicle for safety and turn off the accident response systems?
 

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I found this interesting if not a little ironic.
True story: Right after purchasing our new Compass last month, we informed our insurance company of the new Compass and removed our old 07 Chevy HHR from the policy.
Our insurance premium went DOWN. Not alot but some.
When my wife inquired why newer vehicle (4WD no less) was less to insure, our agent told her it was "beacause the Jeep has a better safety rating than your HHR did".
We were pleased:)
 
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