There’s no height-adjustable driver’s seat on either the Pop or Pop Star trims, and although Fiat claims there is on the Lounge version, in reality the lever on the side of your chair merely changes the angle of the base, not the height of it.
The steering wheel adjusts for height but not reach, which will also prevent many people finding the ideal driving position – although this is an issue that also affects most of the 500’s rivals, including the Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Up.
Still, at least the 500’s heater controls are relatively straightforward to use, in spite of the dashboard’s retro styling, and the gearlever is mounted conveniently high up on the centre console.
Fiat 500 visibility
The 500 isn’t as easy to see out of as its boxier sibling, the Panda, nor the Hyundai i10 or Volkswagen Up for that matter. However, there are no major obstructions whichever direction you’re looking out of, and the extremities of the car are easy to judge.
Lounge editions have standard rear parking sensors, which make it even easier to park in tight parking spaces. These are also available as an option on Pop and Pop Star trims.
Fiat 500 infotainment
Pop and Popstar Fiat 500s get a simple Uconnect system to control the Radio and CD player that consists of a colour screen and menu buttons. A multifunction steering wheel, USB socket and aux connection are also included.
Standard on Lounge trim, and optional on Pop and Pop Star is a 5.0in colour touchscreen with Bluetooth. DAB radio costs extra, though.
For even more, Fiat will add sat-nav to every model. It’s an inbuilt TomTom system that’s easy to navigate but not the most responsive or slick-looking. The touchscreen can be upgraded on Lounge trim to a larger 7.0in version, but whatever its size, bright sunlight can hinder the screen’s visibility.
Fiat 500 build quality
Most of the plastics and fabrics used in the 500’s interior suit its retro image. Even the cheapest Pop model has the face of its dashboard painted the same colour as the outside of the car, which really livens things up.
You won’t find any soft-touch plastics elsewhere on the dash (or anywhere else for the matter) and build quality isn’t quite on a par with rivals’, but the 500’s cabin doesn’t feel too cheap or shoddily assembled, and the switchgear all is robust enough.