The Fiat 500 was criticized in the latest round of Euro NCAP testing for the 2017, with the safety watchdog saying the supermini is beginning to show signs of its age.
The 2017 500 received a three-star overall safety rating from Euro NCAP. For the 2017 model year, Fiat applied minor updates to the front and rear ends of the 500 and also applied a new infotainment screen, but with little done to improve the vehicle’s safety, Euro NCAP was less than impressed.
“The 500 is an old car by now and the small improvements that Fiat have made on the facelift don’t hide that,” the organization said in a statement.
Euro NCAP suggests that supermini shoppers wait until the next-generation Fiat 500 to buy the vehicle due to its age and relatively poor safety rating, but after testing the Ford Ka, which is the newest entry into the supermini segment, it said the segment shows little hope for the future.
“Unfortunately, high hopes for the segment are smashed by Ford releasing a brand new Ka+ with mediocre safety performance,” it said in a statement. “The car lacks the more sophisticated restraint systems offered by most of its rivals, let alone more sophisticated technology like autonomous braking.”
You can view the 2017 Fiat 500’s Euro NCAP crash test in the video embedded above.