The new Fiat 500L which goes on sale spring 2013 has scored 5-stars in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests.
Overall it scored 83/100 – with an adult occupant rating of 94%, child occupant 78%, pedestrian 65% and safety assist 71%.
Although the Fiat 500L is equipped with as standard with front and window airbags – a driver’s knee bags is an option where we feel they should be standard, why charge for safety?
The Fiat 500L does have ABS with BAS (Brake Assist System) and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) that intervenes in conditions to control the car before it goes into a skid situation. ESC also includes ASR (traction control) to optimise traction plus Hill Hold to prevent roll back when pulling off up a hill. It can even intervene in a rollover situation by detecting if a wheel has left the ground via it ERM (Electronic Rollover Mitigation) system.
With City Brake Control the 500L is able to recognise obstacles in front of the car and applying the brakes automatically, if the driver fails to do so, to avoid an accident completly or in the worst case lessen the impact.
Plus you gain Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Prefill and Brake Assist. The former, while respecting the driver's wishes and leaving full control of the car in their hands, is triggered by emergency braking after carefully assessing the position and speed of the obstacles, the speed of the vehicle (below 19 mph), lateral acceleration, the steering angle and pressure on the accelerator pedal and its variation. The Prefill function prefills the braking system to provide a quicker response both when Automatic Emergency Braking intervenes and if the driver brakes. Brake Assist, on the other hand, recognises emergency situations and alters the brake pedal's response to achieve quicker braking in emergency situations.Published 29 November 2012