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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Fiat 500
39 reader reviews for Fiat 500 Hatchback.
  • 1.4 Lounge 3dr

    Iain Mair , Kent . Date: 09/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    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 used for the interior are particularly impressive; it's a well-built car & feels solid. The electric roof mechanism works a treat; just got to get used to external noise through it, when it's fully closed. The 900cc TwinAir engine, with only two cylinders, is a "rev"elation ! We initially test drove the 1200cc, four cylinder version, but I felt it was rather gutless, especially on A roads, etc. The TwinAir has more bhp, 85 in fact and can really fly, with a great throaty engine note.

    On the downside, the boot is tiny (but, hey it's a 500 convertible) and the car is more of a city vehicle; great in London with the roof down (and a gas mask on) but more of an effort on long journeys. The handling on fast country roads takes some getting used to; nowhere near as sharp as my wife's previous car, a 2007 Zafira or my 2006 BMW 320d.

    Still, it is what it is as they say and we're really pleased with it. In New Age Cream with a black roof and red seats/trim, it turns heads too. Well done Fiat.

  • 1.4 Lounge 3dr

    Charles Smiles , West Sussex . Date: 16/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    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 wanted something a little more lively, hence the A500. Have 16" alloys and find the ride fine, seats are very comfortable and it is a joy to drive. I keep it in Sports mode all the time and locally get about 34mpg and on distance trips 42 > 45 mpg. (I must admit I do like to DRIVE the car, not just potter around. All in all very pleased with it and must admit I am surprised the number of times people approach me to ask questions about the car as it promotes a lot of interest.

    Hopefully in 12 months time if the 50/50 finance deals are still 'on the table' I'll be upgrading to a 595.

  • 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr

    Jason Cole , Essex . Date: 16/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    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.

  • 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr

    Richard Hargrave , Herts . Date: 01/01/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    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

Fiat 500 Hatchback

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