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For A small punchy turbodiesel engine in a small, agile car. It's useful around town and mega mpg is possible. It’s the cheapest way to get the great 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine in the 500.

Against As with all Pop models, the standard equipment levels are a bit meagre. Spend some money on basics and you might as well have bought the Sport in the first place. Rear seats are cramped.

Fiat 500 Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

If you can live without air conditioning, alloy wheels and suchlike, this is appealing, but the 500 is all about looking – and feeling – cool.

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Key facts

10.7 secs
Top speed
112 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
588 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, plus a few trims, but there’s no need to look any further down the pricelist than the entry-level car. The 1.2 Pop has enough performance to keep most drivers happy, and being the most basic trim, purchase prices are very reasonable.

Yes, it’s a little basic; you don’t get alloys, air-conditioning or stability control. However, you can add all these features for significantly less money than it costs you to step up to Lounge trim.

Discounts are small on the 500, because 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, even if some of them are ridiculously pricey.

Reader test team says:

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I bought my little Fiat Sport in May and absolutely love it! I traded in my Toyota Yaris (which I loved) but wanted something a bit nippier and…

Jeanette Martin

4 out of 5 stars

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This review is actually for a 500C (convertible). We bought a TwinAir Lounge 6 weks ago and are very happy with it. The quality of build and materials…

Iain Mair

4 out of 5 stars

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I upgraded to an Abarth 500 12 months ago after previously owning a Fiat 500 twin Air Lounge. I had no issues with the TA, it was a super car, but I…

Charles Smiles

4 out of 5 stars

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr

This is our 2nd 500. An Abarth, we had a 1.2 Sport before (reviewed here 18/01/09). We got well over 50% of the purchase price back after 4 years, a…

Jason Cole

4 out of 5 stars
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