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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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40 reader reviews for Fiat 500 Hatchback.
  • 0.9 Twin Air UK 3dr

    Chris Pearce , . Date: 16/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    To read some reviews of the Fiat 500, or more accurately its TwinAir engine, one might be forgiven for thinking that the writer had never driven the car. It is certainly not slow nor lacking in low down torque (145Nm at 1900 rpm against the 1.2's 102Nm at 3000 rpm). Its soundtrack is characterful (Ariel water-cooled flat twin anyone?) and suits the ethos of the car. It is not intrusive at sensible speeds on the motorway. The performance is particularly suited to town driving and encourages rapid progress. The ride is a little unsettled on our woeful roads but the lower mass of the engine improves handling. It is better value and better finished than the Mini, which I have also owned. In truth it is also a purer design since the Mini and its bloated siblings have progressively diverged from Issigonis's original concept. I hope Fiat can avoid the same trap. Economy is particularly dependent on driving style. Yes you can achieve the figures published in some magazines, by batting around town in the lower gears. Alternatively you can select Eco Mode and Stop-Start, obey the shift indicator and achieve, as I have done, an average of 67 mpg over mixed roads. That includes two trips through Central London (Congestion Charge zero). Road Tax is zero and negotiation brought insurance costs in line with the 1.2. This is a Jekyll and Hyde car which I much prefer to the 1.2 Lounge which I traded in. Fun or real economy? You can choose, according to your mood. Perfect.

  • 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr

    Andrew Richmond , Nortants . Date: 06/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

    P.S

    You'd have to be an idiot to think you could out-race an M3 in one of these.

  • 1.2 Sport 3dr

    Jason Cole , Essex . Date: 18/01/2009
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    We have owned the 1.2 Sport for a month now. We were first drawn to it by the styling, safety rating and character. It is also solidly built, spacious inside, comfortable (if a little bumpy) & it handles nicely. The driving position is spot on, with everything falling nicely to hand. It has great grip & is really good fun. It's not the quickest car, but it manages motorways fine. Has a nice raspy exhaust note when revved, and sounds eager. Equipment levels are high (with neat touches like the auto rear wipe if you reverse with your wipers on), and the Blue & Me is superb. The boot is small, but that is the cost of the style & interior space. Our only problem has been faulty leather on the driver's seat. This was replaced (along with that on the passenger seat) quickly & efficiently. It reminds me of a grown up version of the original Mini to drive, and it feels really special with plenty of character.

  • 1.3 MultiJet 75 Lounge 3dr

    michael chapman , hitchin herts . Date: 15/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I think this is a stylish small car that i ordered without driving. The initial build quality was impressive but after 5000 miles although been totally reliable the car interior is starting to rattle and odd screws and bits of foam have dropped off and a new Seat cover had to be fitted. The seats in the Lounge version are uncomfortable and lack no support at all, The back seat is like a park bench to sit on. The paint work chips very easily and rust blisters have appeared. I think these car will look pretty tatty after a couple of years like most Fiats do. Fiat uk customer care is on a par with Ryan Air so don't expect much from them. Finally the servicing cost for these cars is about double what you would pay on other cheap cars, a first service is about £300.00.

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