The Fiat 500 was tested by EuroNCAP back in 2007, achieving no less than 35 points from a total of 36 in adult occupant protection and the maximum of five stars. As far as the guys from EuroNCAP say, the passenger compartment remained pretty stable during the frontal impact and that all passengers were well protected.
The only bad points during the test were experienced by the 3-year old and 18 month old child dummies, which were not contained by their restraints very well. Also, as far as pedestrian protection goes, the little 500's hood is not very friendly during impacts.
When speaking about passive safety, our test car was equipped with no less than seven airbags. Two frontal ones and two thorax airbags for the front passengers, two head airbags for all for passengers and a driver knee airbag are there to protect you in the misfortunate case of an impact. Also, our Abarth was equipped with an anti-lock braking system, an anti-skid system which also includes the Torque Transfer Control for the front wheels and, of course, standard electronic stability control.Continue reading