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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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41 reader reviews for Fiat 500 Hatchback.
  • 1.2 Sport 3dr

    Carolyn Flynn Date: 22/04/2008
    • 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

    I bought a Fiat 500 1.2 sport last week after owning a Fiat Punto for the last 4 years. This car more than lives up to my expectations. It looks amazing (cheeky and fun), drives very well and the quality of the interior is second to none. Mine has leather seats, tinted rear windows and blue me. This allows me to plug in a flash drive for music so no more CDs cluttering it up and bluetooth to my phone so I just use the steering wheel contols to make and receive calls. OK it has not got lots of interior space but it is a SUPER mini! Ive had lots of cars over the years, from 4x4s to this, and I have to say the Fiat 500 is the best hands down, from the amount of positive attention it's received others think so too!

  • 1.2 Lounge 3dr

    robert day Date: 09/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    what an excelent little car!!!!! my wife and i own a 1.2 lounge model in red and what a super red it is. I can not beleave that whatcar only give this car 3 stars, its got so much going for it i don't know where to start, but i will say this for the money asked for this car its a steal and the build is fantastic we also looked at a mini but it wasn't pracitcal at all and it was £4500 MORE!!!!!and didn't have any where near the same levels of kit as standard it was all extras.(the boot is useless as well)

  • 1.4 Sport 3dr

    Matthew Kimberley , Staffordshire . Date: 22/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As the second 500 I drove, the 1.4 Sport had a lot to live up to. The interior was much less 'cute chic' and more 'city sporty,' which takes away one of the 500's key strengths. On the up side, the little diesel was replaced by the Panda 100hp's 1.4 petrol motor, which has a brilliant note to it. It makes the car much more brisk than its diesel counterpart, although mpg is disappointing at well below 40. It was around 37 after the balanced route I drove it on, which isn't good enough for a 1.4, especially seeing as my own Clio 182 achieves about 32-33 on the same run, and that's a 2.0-litre. However, it was fun to chuck around even though the electric steering was a bit numb, and the Sport button should really stay pressed at all times. In all honesty, for city driving, where the 500 really excels, it'd be hard to argue with the 1.3 diesel Lounge, but for petrolheads the 1.4 is a great fun engine, as long as you don't mind sub-par running costs. I just feel the Sport misses the point of the whole 500 ethos, and I think most people who have fallen in love with the outside of it will prefer the inside of the Lounge, rather than the Sport.

  • 1.3 MultiJet 75 Lounge 3dr

    Matthew Kimberley , Staffordshire . Date: 22/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    Unfortunately Sony have nicked the phrase 'Like No Other', but I'd like to apply it to the 500. First one I drove was the 1.3 diesel Lounge, which has the climate control, fixed glass roof etc. The interior is just fantastic, with all the important bits looking just right. The retro charm is all around you from the checked upholstery to the multi-layered speedo/rev counter/trip computer arrangement. The engine can get boomy, but it's amazingly economical even through busy traffic. Its suspension is very soft, perfect for rough urban roads, but it does roll quite a bit, and over small crests it can get very unsettled. Other negatives are that some of the interior plastics are inevitably cheap, but only where it doesn't really matter. However, expect there to be rattles before too long, which will offset just how attractive the cabin is! Anyway, it put a big smile on my face and for that it gets 5 stars.

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