The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
There’s no height-adjustable driver’s seat if you opt for entry-level Pop trim, and although Fiat claims you'll find one on Lounge and up, in reality the lever on the side of your chair merely changes the angle of its base, not how high it sits.
The driving position is further compromised by a steering wheel that adjusts for height but not reach, preventing many people getting comfortable behind the wheel. In fairness though, this is an issue that also affects most of the 500’s rivals, including the Kia Picanto and Volkswagen Up.
Every model from Lounge trim upwards gets a 7.0in touchscreen with Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. The screen is positioned conveniently high up on the dashboard, and is relatively easy to use. However, its angle gives it a nasty habit of reflecting sunlight, so it can be tricky to see on bright days.
Visually, the plastics and fabrics used in the 500’s interior suit its retro image. The face of even the cheapest Pop model’s dashboard is finished the same colour as the outside of the car – a feature that really livens things up. The result is an interior that’s as bright and bubbly as a children’s TV presenter, and a real contrast to the drab dashboards of its rivals.