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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42 reader reviews for Fiat 500 Hatchback.
  • 0.9 TwinAir 85 Lounge 3dr

    Chris Pearce , . Date: 18/03/2011
    • 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 date I have driven around 500 miles in my Lounge TwinAir. I find it considerably quicker, and with more low-down torque, than my previous 1.2. Its soundtrack is characterful, reminiscent of the air-cooled twin of old, and suits the ethos of the car. It is not intrusive at sensible speeds on the motorway. 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 and enjoyed. In truth it is also a purer design since the Mini and its siblings have progressively diverged from the original concept. I hope Fiat can avoid the same trap. Approximating Fiat’s claimed economy figures is especially dependent on driving style. You will not approach them by batting around town in the lower gears and enjoying the lively throttle response of the engine in Normal mode. 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. There are sportier and more economic versions of the TwinAir in the pipeline but the introductory model has a pleasing mix of the two characteristics. Fun or real economy; you choose, according to your mood. Perfect.

  • 1.2 Lounge 3dr

    phil quinn , norfolk . Date: 16/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    we bought the car new in march 2009,Didnt get discount but got free mats,key rings and a fiat 500 mouse,car is coming up to 2 years old and we have covered 26000 miles in it(its a second car!!!!).my wife loved it as soon as she saw it,we looked at all the other competitors but nothing could match it for style and kerb appeal.The equivalant mini with same spec was a lot more money and just a rip off,why people buy these cars i dont know.Its a feel good car i love driving it,we use it more than our mercedes,its very cheap to run,handles like a go cart(reminds me of my old nova gte)ok its got a hard ride and is noisy at 70-80 mph but its a small car what do you expect,took it to scotland last year,1600 miles in a week,fully loaded with camping equipment,yes performance suffered as did economy but not much....niggles....first service was £240..which to me was daylight robbery for a small car,instrument lights packed up(fixed under warranty)windscreen washer nozzel jet fell off(fixed under warranty} both during 1st service,dealer staff friendly and polite,replaceing it next year,looking at a convertable...these cars are great,never in a 100 years did i think i would buy a fiat...but i did and dont regret it...just a pity BSM use them as L cars,i think its had an impact on 2nd hand values...

  • 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.

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