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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.
  • 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr

    Richard Hargrave , Herts . Date: 01/01/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    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 quicker and equally safe. So it was an easy decision!

    The interior is a definate step up, the seats are superb, I would have liked auto climate control, instead of manual air con, but we had to buy what was avaliable following the accident.

    Abarths are rare, we have seen none on the road in six weeks! and this adds to the exclusivity tghat Mini & DS3 drivers can never have. This will help the resale price too.

    You do get noticed, ours is Legends Blue with 17" white petal wheels, stripes and mirrors and it really stands out, some love the colour, some don't. I think it looks fantastic.

    The ride quaility has been critisised, but I really think its fine, well controlled, not too bouncy. You do have to remember this is a small City Car with a powerful engine, its never going to be like a limo!

    The Italian are very good at making small cars with a bit extra sonething thrown in.

    Its a shame that What car and other magazines won't admit it

  • 0.9 TwinAir 85 Lounge 3dr

    Richard Hargrave , Herts . Date: 01/01/2013
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    We bought a 500 Twinair Lounge to replace an elderly Alfa 147. We wanted something cheap to run before upgrading in a year or two.

    It was brilliant and did everything expected of it.

    Comofortable, even on the longer journeys from Herts to a short holiday in the Lake District, where we handled the Hardnott and Rynose Passes with ease and a big grin on our faces!

    What car? are totally wrong to give this little gem 3 stars and the boring box, the VW UP! 5 stars

    Unfortunately for us a Toyota Auris pulled out on us at a junction and we T-Boned it at 40 MPH

    Our little Twinny was a write off, but we walked away.

    Looking after us until the end.

    We had no hesitation in going for another 500 and this time we managed to get the money together to get an Abarth and that is even better than the TA!

  • 1.2 Pop 3dr

    NICK PAPA , NICOSIA . Date: 27/07/2012
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is not specific to the 500. It applies as well to the New Panda, the New Punto and a number of other cars. WHATCAR has recently come up with a very useful tool which indicates real life mpg for a specific models, driving conditions and style. Using this tool the FIAT 500 1.2 returns about 40 mpg and the Panda with the 1.3 diesel engine returns about 60mpg. I do about 12000 miles a year, 25 to 33% of which in town and i drive with economy in mind. So far, great. The confusing bit comes when you read the WHATCAR reviews for the Panda and 500. There the 500 1.2 Pop is recommended over the 1.3 diesel Pop, on the grounds of more financial sense. The initial outlay is around £2300 extra for the diesel. With 50% better fuel economy, £2300 will be recovered within a reasonable period of time, won't it? Plus the diesel engine provides better real world performance over the 1.2 petrol. I simply fail to see the logic behind the recommendation, unless i miss something. I believe WHATCAR's response would be of interest to many readers. Thanks

  • 1.2 Pop 3dr

    Ross Cadogan , . Date: 10/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    The Fiat 500 is a cute and endearing car. Several people have complimented it in the week that I have had one on hire. Inside and out the styling is retro. The dashboard is colored to match the exterior paintwork and features pretty, old-school buttons. The instrument display is a beautiful arrangement of concentric circles. It's a fun car to sit in and be seen in.

    Things are less good with the 1.2l petrol engine. It's chirpy enough, but very weak. It generates just enough power for city driving, but out of town the engine struggles. This is a city car, and at motorway speeds the engine feels out of breath and cabin noise is loud.

    It's a small car too. The boot is twee and rear leg room is cramped, though head and legroom are ample up front. Its small size does allow for easier parking and city maneuvering; Both of which are helped by the electric steering which can be made finger light at low speeds, but which feels detached at higher speeds.

    Fuel economy is reasonable but not brilliant. The little engine does need to be pushed quite hard which cannot help its consumption. The stop/start system works well in traffic.

    The 500 is a desirable car that never looks out of place. It is fine for around town but struggles on longer journeys. I suggest considering the 0.9l twinair over the 1.2l engine for a livelier experience, or if you want to overtake anything with reasonable safety.

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