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.
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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 10 Fiat 500 versions available
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:
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…
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…
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…
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…