Fiat 500 Hybrid review

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Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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In terms of the number of times it's been regenerated, the Fiat 500 is arguably second only to Doctor Who. But keeping up with all that change can be hard. It can certainly take a little while for fans to transfer their loyalty to the latest incarnation of the popular Time Lord, and the old one is usually sadly missed. Fortunately for devotees of the 500, though, the launch of the new pure electric Fiat 500 hasn't seen the demise of the previous version, which has now been renamed the 500 Hybrid. So the choice is yours.

More than a decade after its launch, the Fiat 500 is one of the best-selling city cars, not least because of its typically Italian, carelessly stylish about-town looks. But does it deserve its ongoing success?

Over the years, Fiat has made (very) minor tweaks to the 500's exterior styling and the interior, but more significant improvements to the engines and infotainment system. That said, the competition in this class is far from weak and rivals have more modern and sophisticated underpinnings.

So, has the Fiat 500 been left behind? How does it stack up against similar-sized alternatives, such as the Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto and Volkswagen Up?

In this review, we're focusing on the regular Fiat 500 hatchback. However, there's also a convertible Fiat 500C and a feisty hot hatch named the Abarth 595, which you can read about by clicking on the links.

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