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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 Lounge 3dr

    phil quinn , norfolk . Date: 16/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    we bought the car new in march 2009,Didnt get discount but got free mats,key rings and a fiat 500 mouse,car is coming up to 2 years old and we have covered 26000 miles in it(its a second car!!!!).my wife loved it as soon as she saw it,we looked at all the other competitors but nothing could match it for style and kerb appeal.The equivalant mini with same spec was a lot more money and just a rip off,why people buy these cars i dont know.Its a feel good car i love driving it,we use it more than our mercedes,its very cheap to run,handles like a go cart(reminds me of my old nova gte)ok its got a hard ride and is noisy at 70-80 mph but its a small car what do you expect,took it to scotland last year,1600 miles in a week,fully loaded with camping equipment,yes performance suffered as did economy but not much....niggles....first service was £240..which to me was daylight robbery for a small car,instrument lights packed up(fixed under warranty)windscreen washer nozzel jet fell off(fixed under warranty} both during 1st service,dealer staff friendly and polite,replaceing it next year,looking at a convertable...these cars are great,never in a 100 years did i think i would buy a fiat...but i did and dont regret it...just a pity BSM use them as L cars,i think its had an impact on 2nd hand values...

  • 0.9 Twin Air UK 3dr

    Chris Pearce , . Date: 16/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    To read some reviews of the Fiat 500, or more accurately its TwinAir engine, one might be forgiven for thinking that the writer had never driven the car. It is certainly not slow nor lacking in low down torque (145Nm at 1900 rpm against the 1.2's 102Nm at 3000 rpm). Its soundtrack is characterful (Ariel water-cooled flat twin anyone?) and suits the ethos of the car. It is not intrusive at sensible speeds on the motorway. The performance is particularly suited to town driving and encourages rapid progress. 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. In truth it is also a purer design since the Mini and its bloated siblings have progressively diverged from Issigonis's original concept. I hope Fiat can avoid the same trap. Economy is particularly dependent on driving style. Yes you can achieve the figures published in some magazines, by batting around town in the lower gears. 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 which I traded in. Fun or real economy? You can choose, according to your mood. Perfect.

  • 1.4 T-Jet Abarth 3dr

    Andrew Richmond , Nortants . Date: 06/02/2009
    • 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

    Took one of these for a test drive and was impressed. Feels quicker than you'd think. Still, the Essesse upgrade is a rip off! You're in Mini cooper S territory there and even though it's got a bit of a stigma (mostly driven by estate agent "types"..) attached, it's still a better car.

    Seriously thinking of buying one.

    P.S

    You'd have to be an idiot to think you could out-race an M3 in one of these.

  • 1.2 Sport 3dr

    Jason Cole , Essex . Date: 18/01/2009
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    We have owned the 1.2 Sport for a month now. We were first drawn to it by the styling, safety rating and character. It is also solidly built, spacious inside, comfortable (if a little bumpy) & it handles nicely. The driving position is spot on, with everything falling nicely to hand. It has great grip & is really good fun. It's not the quickest car, but it manages motorways fine. Has a nice raspy exhaust note when revved, and sounds eager. Equipment levels are high (with neat touches like the auto rear wipe if you reverse with your wipers on), and the Blue & Me is superb. The boot is small, but that is the cost of the style & interior space. Our only problem has been faulty leather on the driver's seat. This was replaced (along with that on the passenger seat) quickly & efficiently. It reminds me of a grown up version of the original Mini to drive, and it feels really special with plenty of character.

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