Introduction

What Car? says...

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?