I picked my 1.3 MultiJet diesel up on the 28th January this year and drove it out of the showroom. I have lost interest im dsimply not interested in driving anything else now. The build quality is unrivalled in it's segment and the running costs are the best I have ever come accross.
I have recently had this car as a brand new rental in the South of France for 2 weeks. In almost every respect it is a little gem. It's design, obviously, is superb. And in that area of France with its twisting narrow roads and the long steep hills up towards the mountains it handled excpetionally well. The 1.2 is under-powered for those hills and so the 1.4 would presumably be much better (a 1.6 is due out in '09 I believe). At one point I had 5 adults in it and everyone perfectly fine.
Only drawback was the difficulty reading the info dial as it has very bad reflections most especially in bright sunlight. On many occasions it was in fact illegible! Not such a problem in the UK...
I was so impressed that we will buy one next year when we move to France.
I recently bought the 500 for my wife and what a fantastic car it is. Do not dismiss it as just a city car because I have have racked up a few journeys around the M25 and on the motorway it is composed and very quiet for such a small car. The interior is just so funky and although you find the odd bit of hard plastic, you accept it as you know it's still a bargain. The boot is a good size so shopping trips are fine. 4 adults can sit in comfort, unlike the Mini. Small tip, resist the temptation to buy White. Nearly every 500 I have seen is in White. The dealer said 80% of his orders were in White. I agree it looks great in White, but in 3 years time the second hand market will be awash with them. We went for Cha Cha Azure Blue, with optional 16 inch alloys. It look perfect. I was considering a Mini and I concede it is a sharper drive, but when you look at the spec list and then compare the two its a no brainer! Why would anyone pay 4k more for a car that is a bad copy of an original great. The 500 takes the best bits of the original and brings them to the 21st century. I have only one gripe. The Blue&Me system is good, but like so many Bluetooth devices you have to have a certain phone to get the benefit of all it's functions, which is not make clear by the dealers. My wife can make and receive calls but her phonebook does not upload, which means unless she knows the number to dial, she has to stop the car and look at her phone.
Despite this, BUY ONE!
Further to my review of my own 500 1.2 - forgot to mention i did actually drive this one first, was just as much fun but the road noise and the engine noise is more intrusive in the cabin with those bigger (16" on this occasion) alloys. 1.4 is buzzy but smooth but a little slow off the mark so anyone wanting a sportier feel might need to wait for the Abarth. It is alot of money as well for a small car... but still as lovable. Love mine.
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…