I have owned this car since 2009 with 17 miles on the clock, after wanting once since they were launched (and owning Cinquecentos and Seicentos) I absolutely love the car, and find it good to drive on both motorways and around time, although some of the other comments about it getting a bit jittery on rough roads are true, this may be due to the optional 16" wheels on mine.
The parts I have been disappointed by is the fuel economy isn't quite as much as I expected, but still averaging around 40 mpg on a mix of town and country road driving where I live.
The biggest disappointment has been recently, as the car approached 2 years old, and despite being cared for throughout my ownership, I found the front brakes suddenly stopped working, with none of the brake fade or warning light you would normally experience. This lead to not only replacement pads but also discs too. I have also found the tracking needs checked regularly, and have had to replace the steering arm / track rod end, after raising this with Fiat and finding they delayed giving any advice until the warranty had expired. (Be aware that Fiat's warranty is a 2 year warranty, with the remaining year being a limited dealer warranty)
The customer service offered by Fiat UK has been absolutely shocking, and as a result I have now lost confidence in my much loved car and Fiat as a whole, and I am sad that after many years loyalty, I will not own another Fiat as a result.
I bought my Fiat 500 1.4 Sport in February and have been relatively pleased with it. It's quick yet not too thirsty. It comes with plenty of extras and buttons to play with; such as a 'Sport' mode for better throttle response and heavier steering, Blue & me - Bluetooth voice activated phone and USB slot for MP3 players with steering wheel controls. It also has half leather interior and looks snazzy with the colour coded dash. It's a great car to drive, easy to park, average size boot space. Managed to fit in 2 bikes and a suitcase (with the seats down) on a recent trip to Cornwall. Rear seats don't have a lot of room however, and rear headrests are an optional extra. The rear seats don't feel as comfy as other small superminis that I've owned. Safety is top notch though, it has a 5 star safety rating and lots of airbags.
The car is great, but I will have to say reliability lets it down. During my six months of ownership, I've been back to Fiat about 4 or 5 times. I've had to have a rear shock absorber replaced, air conditioning fixed (wouldn't change direction), vents were stuck shut, squeaky brakes, sold with a spare key that didn't work and more minor issues. But other than these problems the car has been a joy to drive so far.
I would recommend to anyone who wants a fun little car with a lot of gadgets to play with and likes customization. It's a good cheap alternative to the mini, as these Fiat 500's come in all colours with all sorts of stickers and extras added o
I have now driven 5000 miles in my 1.2 lounge, and on the whole I remain very pleased with it. I have mine in white with the Italian stripes down the side and I still like the look and style as much as the day I ordered it. Outside it looks stylish and this is continued inside, with an imaginative and thoughtful interior that works well and looks great. Simple things like the body coloured dash and the the glass panel on the roof adds to the feeling that the design might actually have been done by a human being making an effort, rather than the bland computer led offerings that are so boring. Well thought out features like the blue and me system work especially well, although this is a small city car built to a clear budget, certain mod cons really are expected these days and they are delivered well executed. The natural environment for this car is the city and its small size and easy drive work very well indeed, but it's second home for me seems to be small country roads where you can have a great time with this car where bigger cars simply can't use their performance. On the motorway it has a well planted feel the gives confidence, other small cars I have driven have blown around badly, the Fiat copes very well and keeps up with traffic with ease. Best of all drive sensibly and this car really is about the cheapest car to drive available, and coupled with its style and flair it really is a super offering from Fiat.
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.
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