View Full Version : Fiat 500L Earns Top Safety Pick!

10-29-2013, 03:39 PM
"The 2014 Fiat 500L received a good rating on the following four tests: side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. The Fiat 500L boasts over 40 available safety and security features according to the Italian automaker and comes with seven air bags."



10-29-2013, 04:48 PM

The Fiat 500L has earned top safety scores! Take a look at the results, plus videos of the test and a comparison to how it stacks up against its competitors. Read More: Fiat 500L Earns Top Safety Pick! (http://www.fiat500usa.com/2013/10/fiat-500l-earns-top-safety-pick.html)

10-29-2013, 07:22 PM
The took the antenna off, that isn't a valid test. It could fly off and poke an eye out! :black_eyed:

Seriously, that is good to know. I figured it would be high because of the test results I read about for other Fiat vehicles in the EU, but no idea it would be a top pick.

10-29-2013, 07:58 PM
Wow this is super news. I need to have a serious chat with my insurance agent about getting a lower premium due to these results. You all should have the same chat with your own agents.

Really nice peace of mind to know while rolling down the road in my 500L!

10-29-2013, 08:15 PM
When I asked Giolito, he explained the necessity of the double A pillar to achieve the desired crash protection. It's not just a styling doodad.

Here are a couple of concept drawings of the 500L. You can see where they wanted to go with the design. However, in keeping with Fiat's motto of "People first, then cars," passenger safety took precedence and the design was modified. The cabin of the production 500L is pushed as far forward as possible yet still maintains a high degree of rigidity. The double A pillars contribute immensely to this strength. Notice during the crash the door opening is barely deformed.





10-29-2013, 10:57 PM
I'd be very interested in seeing the results of their small overlap test. I wonder why they didn't perform one on the 500L?

10-30-2013, 12:17 AM
I like how the windshield didn't break! Man, that car is a tank!

10-30-2013, 03:44 AM
I like your article much better than the one I originally posted. You covered ALL the main points in detail. And, you did better than the IIHS, as your article covers everything on one page, rather than having to switch tabs.

11-08-2013, 01:25 PM
I'd be very interested in seeing the results of their small overlap test. I wonder why they didn't perform one on the 500L?

Still haven't found the small overlap test results. But I did find out they have two kinds of Top Safety Picks:

There's a regular one and a plus + one. The plus has to do with the small overlap test, and the background is blue of the icon. Rather than change all their tests to include the small overlap, it appears they made a new icon to distinguish between the cars they've tested with the new test. Makes sense.

The 500L has the regular Top Safety Pick. This could mean they didn't do that test, or that they did do it, and the car didn't get the top marks to put it in the + group.

11-09-2013, 12:12 AM
Doesn't look like it was done. Most of the time the manufacturer optimises the car for the crash test, so when there is a brand new test a lot of cars can be caught off guard. Because of that I take the results with a grain of salt.

11-09-2013, 12:33 AM
That small overlap test is a bear. Automakers are going to have to be very careful in how they approach it because if they strengthen the frontal areas of the crumple zone too much in order to handle it they run the risk of impact energy being transferred to the passengers in the vehicle rather than being absorbed by the structure.

Yeah Chris, very rare for a vehicle to come out of that test with the windshield intact.

On a side note, video of the Kia Soul's performance(or lack thereof) in the small overlap test is on Youtube. It got ripped to shreds. I was hoping the 500L would do the same test and perform with flying colors.

11-09-2013, 12:56 AM
It will be interesting to see how the twin A pillar arangement handles that. It could go either way, but Fiat has a lot more experience building safe small cars than Kia does, so I am optimistic.

11-09-2013, 09:01 AM
In looking at a number of the small overlap tests posted on Youtube by IIHS, a couple of points seem key to a good score and I know FIAT has engineers a lot smarter than I am.

1.)Design of the front crash beam, crumple zone, and firewall to deflect the passenger compartment away from the barrier. Some tests show the barrier slicing through the structure and into the driver foot well and dashboard. The FIAT knee airbags on the driver side may help with this too.

2.)Airbag sensors and controller that are able to recognize this type of crash and deploy both the front airbag and the side curtain airbag. In the KIA Soul test and others, the force of the impact sends the head of the dummy toward the A pillar and it slides off the front airbag and impacts the A pillar resulting in significant head trauma. Proper design of the side curtain will help control this movement and keep the head going into the front airbag for optimal deceleration.