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For The Fiat 500 has quirky looks, flexible engines and undercuts its rivals on price. It's also one of the safest superminis around.

Against The ride is jittery, the handling is so-so and boot space is limited. You'll have to pay extra for air-conditioning on some models.

Fiat 500 Hatchback
33 5stars

The Fiat 500 has cute looks, price and desirability on its side; pity it isn't better to drive.

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There are 20 Fiat 500 versions available

Hatchback 1.2 Pop 3dr £10,420
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Colour Therapy 3dr £11,220
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Lounge 3dr £11,820
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 S 3dr £11,970
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 85 Colour Therapy 3dr £12,420
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 85 Lounge 3dr £13,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 Cult 3dr £13,320
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 85 S 3dr £13,370
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 GQ 3dr £13,670
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 105 Lounge 3dr £13,700
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 105 S 3dr £13,850
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.3 MultiJet Lounge 3dr £14,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr £14,255
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.3 MultiJet S 3dr £14,370
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir Cult 3dr £14,720
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 85 GQ 3dr £15,070
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 105 Cult 3dr £15,200
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 0.9 TwinAir 105 GQ 3dr £15,550
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.3 MultiJet Cult 3dr £15,720
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.3 MultiJet GQ 3dr £16,070
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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:

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 Pop 3dr

i'm gutted i cant give this little car a 5 star because from a distance it is a fab little car for someone maybe learning to drive or just does a…

laura mosby

3 out of 5 stars

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S 3dr

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

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.4 Lounge 3dr

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

Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.4 Lounge 3dr

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
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