Of the 14 cars that were tested, 10 got a top grade. Euro NCAP said that the XF model didn’t 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 didn’t 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!