The bold and outgoing Fiat 500 offers economic travel, without skimping on retro style. A range of trim levels and optional extras means you can completely customise the design, both inside and out. Combining an efficient engine with additional safe technology, the Fiat 500 begs to be driven every day.
The classic Fiat model is instantly recognisable with its charming face-like design, thanks to its circular headlights and horizontal grille. Serving as a blank canvas, there are infinite colour choices and bold combinations – so let your imagination run free. Confident two-tone designs and subtle decals demand the attention of passers-by and express your individuality.
Fiat’s rainbow palette continues inside the cabin with a body-coloured dashboard etched with chrome, customisable upholstery and interior trims in fabric or leather. Command the road in style behind the vintage-inspired steering wheel and use the inbuilt controls to alternate between radio stations and CD tracks. Not forgetting its practical advantages, the split folding rear seats allow you to create more space when you need to carry bigger items.
Options continue under the bonnet with a choice of four engines ranging from the 1.2-litre 69bhp to the 1.3-litre MultiJet 95bhp. The dual-drive power steering makes nipping through the city’s twisting streets a breeze. Pair this with Start&Stop fuel-saving technology and low CO2 emissions (up to 110g/km) for fewer trips to the fuel station. If fuel-economy is what you are looking for, then the 1.3-litre MultiJet 95bhp is the best option, reaching up to 94.2mpg.
As well as delivering fun design, Fiat has ensured optimum safety, and the Fiat 500 has been awarded the five-star Euro NCAP rating. The car has seven airbags to keep all passengers protected, and also features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and ABS technology to keep all four wheels firmly on the ground. Impressive technology extends to the optional five-inch TFT digital colour display and Uconnect™ infotainment system with Bluetooth® connectivity. Upgrade your choice to get an inbuilt TomTom LIVE, making it easier to get from A to B.
Available in hard and soft top options the Fiat 500 Collezione is the latest limited edition Fiat 500 on the scene. Agile enough for both cities and the countryside, the 500 Collezione, is the perfect companion to make each journey enjoyably unique.
Embellished with a chrome bonnet trim, bumper inserts, mirror covers and a Collezione badge on the tailgate. Body colours evoke a timeless allure. Choose from a two-tone Primavera (Bossa Nova White and Lunar Grey), Acquamarina (Bossa Nova White and Smooth Mint), or one-tone Bossa Nova White, Epic Blue or Taormina Ivory. Finished with 16" diamond-cut alloy wheels the Fiat 500 Collezione is always on point.
Inside you'll find care and attention in every detail from the tailored seats to the ivory piping and embroidered 500 logo.
The Fiat 500 makes style and travel effortless. Visit the Chester showroom to take a look at the varying equipment levels including Pop, Pop Star and Lounge. Contact the Swansway Fiat team through the website or call 01244 569927 .
The Fiat 500’s been around for over a decade in its current form – a tough show for any small car, let alone a niche, fashion-conscious model such as this. Tom Wiltshire takes the latest facelifted model for a drive, in drop-top convertible form
It can be quite difficult to take yourself seriously behind the wheel of a car like the Fiat 500C. With its pastiche retro styling details, full-length fabric roof, tiny dimensions and eye-popping colour schemes, it’s a car that stands out. Fiat’s system of regular small updates means that while there have been few major alterations to the 500 since it launched back in 2007, the current car looks rather different to the original while still being instantly recognisable.
As a fashion-led purchase, the 500 doesn’t necessarily compete with cars in its size class – buyers will likely cross-shop this with everything from the similarly-sized DS 3 Crossback to the much larger Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
The latest 500 facelift back in 2016 was the most comprehensive yet, with a raft of styling revisions inside and out. The headlights and taillights see the most noticeable changes, with smart LED daytime running lights at the front and new ring-shaped LED taillights. Inside, there’s a fresh five-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the option of a full LCD instrument display.
Under the skin, the existing engine line-up has been revised and, although there’s no more power on offer, the car’s economy and emissions have been given a boost. All but the basic 1.2-litre petrol now dip below 100g/km of CO2. Finally, there’s additional soundproofing to improve high-speed refinement.
Our car was fitted with one of the most interesting engines on sale today – the TwinAir. It’s just 875cc in capacity and only has two cylinders, but a turbocharger means that in this form it pushes out a respectable 105bhp, making it somewhat a warm — if not a full-blown — hot hatchback.
Best of all is the TwinAir’s soundtrack, which is metallic, thrummy and downright charming – it sounds like an old motorbike.
It also offers decent efficiency, though you’re unlikely to see anywhere near the official 67.3mpg figure that Fiat promises. Expect somewhere in the low to mid 40s and you won’t be disappointed.
The rest of the range isn’t quite as inspiring. There’s a 1.2-litre non-turbocharged petrol, which is as old as the hills and lacks urgency, or a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel which doesn’t really fit the car’s cheeky character.
The 500 is at its best darting around town. Quick steering, a high-set seating position and tiny dimensions make it effortless to slot through traffic and round tight bends. Having the Convertible model just makes matters even more fun.
The more powerful models are decent fun on a back road, too. The steering is too light to inspire a lot of confidence in bends, but the tiny Fiat grips tenaciously and can make surprisingly rapid progress without a fuss.
Long-distance cruising isn’t so great, with a lack of motorway refinement, awkward driving position and bumpy ride thanks to that short wheelbase. The car’s firm suspension ensures you’ll feel every expansion joint on a motorway, and its tiny size isn’t best suited to mixing with lorries.
Looks are undoubtedly a key selling point for Fiat 500 owners. The car’s cute proportions and retro styling details are appealing without being a total caricature, while it’s possible to customise the overall look in a virtually unlimited number of combinations.
Our car was in sporty ‘S’ trim, which attempts to beef the 500 up and make it slightly more masculine with dark metal detailing, chunky 16-inch alloy wheels and less chrome trim than Lounge or Mirror models.
Regardless of trim, the 500 looks perfectly at home in the city – especially a cosmopolitan European street peppered with coffee shops and fashion boutiques. It’s not that bad-looking in Sheffield, either.
You sit high in the 500, in an awkward driving position that’s unfortunately not particularly adjustable. Taller drivers will need to take note and be sure to try before they buy.
However, the interior styling is every bit as charming as the exterior. The rounded dash comes in a variety of shiny finishes, and a myriad of seat upholstery options allows you to really make your 500 your own.
There’s decent space for two up front, though the back seats are only really suitable for children. Boot space is also limited – there’s only 185 litres, significantly less than the 251 litres on offer from a VW up. Access is compromised too in our convertible version, with a tiny popup tailgate only providing a very narrow opening.
Entry-level 500s are sparsely equipped, with Pop trim missing out on essentials such as alloy wheels, air-conditioning or a touchscreen infotainment system. Pop Star adds the first two, but you’ll have to step up to Lounge to gain a 5-inch colour touchscreen infotainment display. That also brings stop-start tech and cruise control, plus foglights and rear parking sensors.
Sporty S upgrades to a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display, adds extra speakers and Apple CarPlay functionality, while range-topping Mirror also adds a TFT instrument display.
The 500C range looks very pricey alongside city cars of a similar size, but in the fashionable small convertible class it undercuts the Mini Convertible by several thousand pounds.
Chances are you’ve already made your mind up whether you want a Fiat 500C or not. As far as small cars go, it’s behind the pack in terms of practicality and equipment, while pricing leaves a lot to be desired.
But as a fashion statement the 500C makes a lot more sense, with a timeless design and effortlessly funky style that appeals to motorists worldwide. Add in enough practicality for its target audience and a decent driving experience, especially with the peppy TwinAir engines, and it’s an appealing proposition. The convertible model tested here is even more charming than the hatch, and its popularity is deserved.
|On the Road Price||£12,010.00|
|Agreement Term||37 Months|
|36 Monthly Payments of||£199.00|
|Amount of Credit||£12,010.00|
|Optional Final Payment||£4,846.00|
|Total Amount Payable||£12,010.00|
|Rate of Interest (Fixed)||0.00%|
|Annual Mileage||6,000 Miles|
|Excess Mileage Charge||6p per mile|
|Retail Cash Price||£14,060.00|
|Monthly Payments of||£169.00|
|Optional final payment (inc. in option to purchase fee)||£5,416.00|
|Total Amount Payable by Customer||£14,060.00|
|Total Amount of Credit||£11,500.00|
|Rate of Interest||0.00% (fixed)|
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*Offer available on Fiat 500 range ordered between 01/01/19 and 31/03/19 and registered by 30/06/19. 37 month term. £0 customer deposit on base model only. Model shown is 500 Pop with options (Bossa Nova White Paint at £350), which will incur a customer deposit of 3%. With Fiat i-Deal PCP you may return the vehicle instead of making the final payment. It must be in good condition and if you exceed the agreed annual mileage, you will be charged 6p per mile for exceeding 6,000 miles p.a. in these examples. Subject to status. Guarantees may be required. T&Cs apply. Participating Retailers only. Fiat Financial Services, SL1 0RW.