Fiat 500

4/5
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Verdict

Fresh from a new makeover, the Fiat 500 looks as cute and cuddly as ever, but now packs the toys and technology to match its city style keeping it a strong contender in its segment.

Performance

The Fiat 500 packs a choice of thee engines, two petrol and one diesel. Petrol engines consist of the two cylinder 875cc TwinAir with a choice of power outputs of 85 and 105bhp. There is also a three cylinder 1.2 petrol option with just 69bhp and the 1.3 MultiJet diesel with 105bhp. All three are frugal options with the TwinAir being the most spirited of them all in terms of pace and noise. It loves to rev and it’s great to listen to. The 1.2 is just too faint and lacks any sort of pace and is quite boring really while the 1.3 diesel is very pacy and enjoyable too.

Ride & Handling

The Fiat 500 has quite a firm ride overall, but it does have good levels of grip in the corners despite its skinny tyres. That said, there is evidence of body roll in the corners too. The steering is quite light too and doesn’t give much feedback. Paradoxically, it is still good fun to drive. The car exudes its Italian qualities resulting is a feisty and fun driving experience. The new driving position is also notably lower than its predecessor.

Refinement

The Fiat 500 is available in four different trim levels Pop, Lounge, Sport and Cult with varying levels of comfort and kit on offer. The overall finish to the cabin is good with a modern take on the previous generations dashboard layout with an emphasis on technology and style. It’s still a decent throwback to the original 1960’s model on which it is based but with modern funky styling cues like two tone seats and dashboard. One nice touch is the button on the dashboard to make the steering even lighter to tight manoeuvres and city driving.

Quality & Reliability

There are some real quality touches throughout the new Fiat 500’s revamped cabin which include the 7 inch uConnect infotainment system featured as standard from the entry level Pop trim upwards and the drivers cluster with a new digital instrument layout. There is a glossy finish to the plastics and materials used throughout the cabin enhancing its modern but old school ambiance. Both the interior and exterior has even more customisable options than before, even down to being able to personalise the colour of your key.

Safety & Security

The Fiat 500 is a very safe car for a small city car scoring a 5 star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test. It gets a decent amount of safety kit as standard too including seven airbags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control. All models are also fitted with hill assist and a hydraulic braking system to aid emergency stopping.

Space & Practicality

Being a city car, the Fiat 500 is practical in ways that make it easy to manoeuver around car parks and tight roads. There is space in the back for two adults with good access in and out, but it can feel quite tight on longer journeys. Up front it feels spacious and top trim levels get a panoramic roof making it nice and airy. Boot space may not be its forte, but it’s not bad either with just 126 litres, while in Lounge spec upwards, the rear sets get a 50/50 split folding mechanism opening up the rear space to 550 litres

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Key Facts

Make

Fiat

Model
500
Variant
Pop 1.2 69hp
Trim
Pop
Car Category
Supermini
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
City
Price New
€13,600
Driver Review Rating
3
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
L/100km Combined
4.7
Average km/L
21.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
35
Fuel Tank Range
744 km
Cost of filling a tank
€45.99
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.35
CO2 emmissions
110 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
69 bhp
Max Power kW
51
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1242
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Naturally
Top speed
160 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
12.9 s
L/100km Urban
6.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.20 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
City
Doors
2
Seats
4
Boot capacity
185 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
8 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
1 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4

Dimensions

Boot capacity
185 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
165/65 R14 mm
Tyre size back
165/65 R14 mm
Length
3571 mm
Width
1627 mm
Height
1488 mm
Wheel Base
2300 mm
Front Track (mm)
1488
Rear Track (mm)
1407
Kerb weight
865 KG
Turning circle (m)
9.3

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent type McPherson
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
69 bhp
7 Variants
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City
€13,600
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 69 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.9 s
  • New Price €13,600
City
€14,700
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 69 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.9 s
  • New Price €14,700
City
€16,100
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 69 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 12.9 s
  • New Price €16,100
City
€16,200
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 95 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.7 s
  • New Price €16,200
City
€17,600
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 95 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.7 s
  • New Price €17,600
City
€17,750
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 0.9 L
  • Power 85 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.0 s
  • New Price €17,750
City
€18,500
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 185 L
  • Engine Size 0.9 L
  • Power 105 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.0 s
  • New Price €18,500