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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.
  • 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.

  • 1.4 Lounge 3dr

    Thomas Dick Date: 26/12/2007
    • 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

    Living in France I already own one of these iconic cars. Go to your Fiat dealer, look at it drive it and you will want it.

    It is a true design icon! It is comfortable, it drives well in town or on the motorway, it has amazing specification for a car of this size with ABS, ASR, EBD, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, parking sensors, AC, opening glass roof - all done with total Italian design and flair. OK it is a city car so it was never expected to have acres of space in the back. I cannot believe that some reviewers only give this car three stars but give four stars to the Panda which is ordinary in comparison. Many stars are given to the Mini but here I think there is a bit of badge snobbery since it is built by BMW so it must be good but as a retro design it is not as convincing and much more expensive. The build quality of the 500 appears to be as good as any of the major German manufacturers and this opinion comes from someone who has owned BMWs and Mercedes in the past. The attention to detail is amazing - even the mats in the footwell have the 500 logo and a little Italian flag embroidered onto them.

    Running costs are low. Fun factor is high and it is wonderful to own a car which attracts attention since it has not been designed by the same computer programme.

    I love retro and by the way my second car is a VW new Beetle

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