For Unashamedly retro, the Fiat 500C is cheap to run, decent to drive and full of character. The cabin is well packaged, so the rear seats can just about accommodate adults.
Against It's not a full convertible because the roof pillars remain in place, even when the roof is down. The ride is fidgety and rear visibility is awful with the hood lowered.
A charming recreation of a much-loved classic, with modern amenities and top-level safety features. The Fiat 500C isn’t particularly comfortable, but it's enjoyable and extremely endearing.
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The Fiat 500C comes with a choice of four engines. The 1.2-litre petrol is our pick because it’s lively enough, economical and keeps prices acceptably low.
Lounge trim costs a fair chunk more than entry-level Pop models, and while the 15-inch alloys and chrome detailing look good, the Pop is better value for money.
Discounts are small on the 500C – it's a desirable little car, with Fiat UK selling all it can import. There's scope to extensively personalise your car, with different roof colours and paint schemes to choose from, plus a series of sticker kits, decals and graphics. There are also frequent special editions to look out for – albeit at a price.
The entry-level 500C is the closest in spirit to the original 1957 Nuova 500, but with the added bonus of modern refinements and safety equipment.