It is easy to see the Fiat 500 is a great looking car on the outside, but, as they say, it is what is inside that counts, and the 500 also has that covered.
In Europe, the Fiat 500 was the first car in its class to achieve a five-star crash rating by Euro NCAP, Europe's crash testing organization. The North American Fiat 500's chassis has been significantly upgraded and strengthened compared with its European cousin. The US car has not been rated, but with all the reinforcements and improvements, it is expected to do quite well.
Here are some pictures of the reinforcements and structural elements of the US 500.
This is the crash test of the European Fiat 500. The US version benefits from three years more development and updates to the chassis. The US car has a third front load path added, along with a significantly stronger body, especialy at the rear and on the sides. The European Fiat 500 was the first car of its size to acheive a 5 star crash rating. In fact, it would acheive a 6 star crash rating, when and if, that standard is adopted.