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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
    3 out of 5 stars

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22 reader reviews for Fiat Seicento Hatchback.
  • 1.1 Sporting 3dr

    Giles Beaumont , Cambridgeshire . Date: 11/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    I bought this car new in Nov 01. I have now covered 48000 miles. There have been only two troubles with it in all that time, both of which occurred at about 40K. The clutch cable snapped and the brakes started to bind.

    Otherwise, troublefree motoring - and the car gets well and truely thrashed as opposed to getting the easy life, which means I can't understand why the road test by What Car claims a lack of front end grip. My car on the standard wheels and tyres goes round corners and particularly roundabouts like it's on rails.

    It is not a car for long journeys, mind. My wife complains after about an hour and as much as I love the car, even I've had enough after about 3 hours. It is the low gearing that is at fault - great for serious pull up to about 65, but simply noisy thereafter.

    I'd have liked to have ABS but at the time I bought the car, it was a £700 option which was just too much given the sub £6K that the car cost to buy. Having said that, I can only think of one occasion in the last 4 years when it would have been useful and even then I neither left the road nor hit anything. The joys of winter motoring.

    I have enjoyed the car so much that I just wish that Fiat would hurry up and produce a 3dr Sporting Panda. My cheque is waiting, Fiat.

  • 1.1 Sporting 3dr

    catriona macdonald Date: 17/08/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having just passed my test this is my first car, and honestly I love it.

    I bought it only a few weeks ago at 2 years old for only £3000, very cheap. The cost of my insurance, considering it is my first was exceptionaly low, which is great.

    Admitedly it is tiny but ideal for me as still learning with every drive I take. Parking is a doddle and as far as handling goes, easy as pie. Very light to drive and find it comfortable and easy. It can be a bit rattly and noisy, the acceleration pedal is awkwardley high, and can be sore on the old ankles!!! But it think it looks great, sleek in black, which I think is the only colour this car suits.

    I find it quite nippy and speedy on the town roads, but it can struggle a bit on longer faster roads. Cost-wise its as cheap as chips, insurance, running cost and petrol etc.

    Being a wee woman I don't need a lot of room anyway so over all I love it, and my friends are quite impressed with the sporty look about it.

    In time I'm sure I'll get annoyed with the crampedness of the back seats and boot but for now, its mine and I love it dearly.

    The seicento is my new pal who goes everywhere with me!

  • 1.1 S 3dr

    Paul Sinclair Date: 15/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this little car for three years, and it's never broken down once (touch wood).

    It's fun to drive, but can get blown about on the motorway a bit.

    Still, I can get 85mph out of it, and I've happily travelled around the country with no problems.

    It's extremely economical and would suit around-town driving.

  • 1.1 S 3dr

    Chris James , Bristol . Date: 24/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car for my wife nearly three years ago and she commutes daily in it.

    It seems to run on fresh air, and skips through its MOT tests, apart from annual servicing it has cost us nothing.

    The trim quality is cheap, and the brightly coloured denim-type seat material took a little getting used to, but it is suprisingly durable. The boot is very small, but the rear seats fold easily.

    It is nippy around town, and is quite good fun to drive. It is easy to park, and its narrow width means you don't suffer the risk of a broken mirror or scratches when left unattended on narrow streets.

    With group-one insurance, a low-mileage example would make an excellent first or city car.

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