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Jaguar XF's lackluster showing in Euro NCAP

By SYF77 on 06 Dec 2010

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Jaguarís XF model didnít do well in the new series of crash tests performed by Euro NCAP and only received a four star rating.

Of the 14 cars that were tested, 10 got a top grade. Euro NCAP said that the XF model didnít meet the expectations when it came to adult and child occupant protection. The organization stated that occupants were exposed to risk from the structures in the dashboard. Protection for the knee and pelvis area was rated as marginal. Euro NCAP said that the front passenger airbag cannot be disabled to permit a rearward facing child restraint to be put in the seating position. In addition, Jaguar also didnít provide clear labels to warn against the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seating position.

Points were also deducted because the restraint of the 18 month dummy had instruction and warning labels that were not permanently attached. Jaguar has said that it is respecting the conclusions made by Euro NCAP. What owners of high-end models do when they fail to meet all the criteria in the crash tests is to revise the design, repair the problems, and try again. I feel that this is quite embarrassing for Jaguar considering the fact that a much cheaper car such as the Kia Soul is awarded maximum rating of five stars. It is indeed time for the British premium automaker to do some soul searching!

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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AudiABT Dec 06 2010 09:00 PM
BMW's E60 5 Series (2003-2009) also received 4 stars from Euro NCAP.

Perhaps the Jaguar designers wanted to keep the swoopy dashboard and they assessed that the car is already considerably safe enough.
Hocksman Dec 07 2010 07:33 AM
That's right, Jaguar should do some "soul searching" before the driver's soul goes in search ....
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