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.
  • 1.2 Lounge 3dr

    Callum Peters , . Date: 30/09/2011
    • Overall 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
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    The 500 is great fun. Steering is direct, gear change is slick and acceleration is perky enough (even it if occasionally struggles in some gears). Revs need to be kept low for best fuel consumption - we find the best returns come from driving at 60 on the motorway (tops) and driving on A-roads and dual carriageways. We tend to get around the 50 mark but have achieved higher. It doesn't suck through the fuel too quickly, either, and filling the car up isn't too expensive in comparison to some cars.

    The quality of the interior so far appears to be excellent. Some soft-touch plastics would've been nice, but those that do feature in the 500 are tough and well put together. The interior is great to spend time in - lovely dashboard, clear buttons, although it's a shame the Blue & Me system isn't compatible with Apple products straight away - you have to buy an extra adaptor if you want to listen to your iPod tunes through the system! Practicality is fine - the boot swallows a surprising amount, although the rear seat bases are quite shallow so your legs are left wiggling about when you go round bends. All part of the fun though!

    Overall, ride quality could be better but the 500 really feels special on every journey. Great to drive, great to be in, and cheap to run.

  • 1.2 Pop 3dr

    Dale McMullen , Cumbria . Date: 28/09/2011
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    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.

  • 1.4 Sport 3dr

    Kayleigh Jobes , . Date: 15/08/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    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

  • 1.2 Lounge 3dr

    paul stewart , bucks . Date: 16/07/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    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.

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