The Italian based automaker Fiat was in the center of attention at the recent Euro NCAP tests, where the 2012 Panda managed to score a four-star rating, as well as the Jaguar XF or the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to the safety specialists at Euro NCAP, the 2012 Fiat Panda presents a big risk with the steering column an ignition barrel, but the brand new four-door compact model from the Italian based automaker is really a budget car, so the result doesn’t surprises us. Euro NCAP also says that the side impact test with either the barrier or the pole indicated rib compression from the dummies and protection was “named” marginal or weak.

“In the frontal impact, the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, did not move forward excessively. However, on rebound, the head of the dummy glanced against the rear window and the score was penalized. In the side impact, the 18 month dummy was properly contained but the head of the 3 year dummy was slightly outside the side wing of the restraint”, as Euro NCAP says in the official press release.

Even if the overall four-star rating doesn’t seem to be too much for an average vehicle, the fact that a budget car like the 2012 Fiat Panda managed to score four stars it can only mean one thing to the manufacturer: money, because more people will buy the Panda.