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 small discount on the A500 and an interest free deal. OK, the boring stuff done. What's it like? Fantastic! I find myself just going for drives for fun, taking the long way home etc.
The interior is a nice step up, with a thicker leather steering wheel and upgraded trim. The optional leather seats are superb, and equipment levels are high; AC, reverse parking sensors, fog lights, auto dipping, mirror, the excellent Blue and Me system, 7 airbags, heated mirrors and all the usual 500 trimmings. Styling is spot on, the A500 looks like an angry mouse on steroids. We have the standard 16 inch alloys, and the ride is just fine. I don't know why so many reviews say it rides harshly.
In normal mode it feels a bit strangled and the steering is light. In sport mode it feels like a bomb has gone off under the bonnet. It can be manic, but it's best feature is the really torquey low down pull. The sound is amazing, with snarls, pops and bangs.
It has loads of grip and corners accurately and stays flat. We are only just over 1k miles in, but are seeing 32mpg mixed(mainly urban) and 42mpg on a run, both with spirited driving.
In summary this is just a great, practical, fun and pretty rare car. It puts a smile on your face every time you drive it, and turns routine journeys in events! Highly recommended.
We have just replaced a 500 Twinair with an Abarth. The TA was writtebn off in a big accident and we walked away and so we wanted another car that was quicker and equally safe. So it was an easy decision!
The interior is a definate step up, the seats are superb, I would have liked auto climate control, instead of manual air con, but we had to buy what was avaliable following the accident.
Abarths are rare, we have seen none on the road in six weeks! and this adds to the exclusivity tghat Mini & DS3 drivers can never have. This will help the resale price too.
You do get noticed, ours is Legends Blue with 17" white petal wheels, stripes and mirrors and it really stands out, some love the colour, some don't. I think it looks fantastic.
The ride quaility has been critisised, but I really think its fine, well controlled, not too bouncy. You do have to remember this is a small City Car with a powerful engine, its never going to be like a limo!
The Italian are very good at making small cars with a bit extra sonething thrown in.
Its a shame that What car and other magazines won't admit it
Went from an Audi A6 Sline > BMW 320D M Sport > Fiat 500 Abarth...
The 500 is by far the quickest off the line and the cheapest to fill up. (45lt Tank) The 500 has also been the MORE reliable car of the three brands! Nothing but 2x new light bulbs for front needing replaced in 6 months
Great car, fun to drive and look great! The Brakes don't feel as sharp as i want them to be, but may be due to me mibi needing new pads? Clutch and gear changes are smooth as anything! A lot better and smoother than a 3 Series!
Suspension & Ride CAN be a bit jittery and harsh...but no harder than a 320D M Sport on run flats! Grips and Corners like a fly! I'd say the 500 holds the road better and more confidence inspiring than a 3 Series!
Space...plenty! I would say this feels bigger and more comfortable than a Mini Cooper (had one of these as well) It can take 4 full adults on 30-40 min drives fine...no issues.
The "awkward" driving position report is a load mince! Nothing wrong with it.
The sound system is on par with the more expensive Audi A6 sound system! & has MP3 play back. The blue tooth system works fine with the Iphone 4 i have... The USB Media connection does not appear to work with the Iphone!
Averaging around 40mpg... About £40 to fill up from under a 1/4 tank. Roughly get around 270-300 miles per tank... Mostly town driving i do in 30-40 speed limits. Tyres. Got a Pair of Pirelli for £130 all in. Servicing. Its a Fiat Vs German Exec Cars...it HAS
Took one of these for a test drive and was impressed. Feels quicker than you'd think. Still, the Essesse upgrade is a rip off! You're in Mini cooper S territory there and even though it's got a bit of a stigma (mostly driven by estate agent "types"..) attached, it's still a better car.
Seriously thinking of buying one.
You'd have to be an idiot to think you could out-race an M3 in one of these.
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