The 2016 Fiat 500 and Ford Ka+ are lagging behind class rivals in safey provisions, says Euro NCAP.
It tested them against the new Citroen C3 and found them lagging behind in occupant protection after simulated impact and standard autonomous braking systems.
Euro NCAP says buyers should put off purchasing a current Fiat 500 and await the new version, and the Ford Ka+ is unsophisticated and provide mediocre safety performance.
In a statement, Ford said the Ka+ is a safe vehicle which achieved a good performance in crash tests but the omission of certain driver assistance technology held it back from higher marks and it’s the lowest performance which determines overall rating.
Fiat said the 2017 version of the 500 has improved active and passive safety and security systems including standard rear headrests and an improved child restraint system.