The Fiat 500 is wonderfully stylish and reasonably cheap to buy, but plenty of rivals are better to drive and more practical. If you're smitten by the looks, go for the entry-level 1.2 petrol engine in Pop or Lounge trim. Avoid the 0.9-litre Twinair.get the best price
This two-cylinder engine offers a welcome step-up in performance over the entry-level 1.2. However, the power delivery is coarse and unpredictable, and too many engine tremors find their way into the cabin. Worse still, the Twinair engine isn’t anywhere near as efficient as claimed. A Dualogic semi-automatic gearbox is optional on this engine, but is best avoided.