Living with the 1.2-litre 500 on a day-to-day basis shouldn’t prove too tiresome, because while the engine is audible, it is also pretty smooth. The 0.9-litre Twinairs are the really big offenders, though; they’re noisy and send far to many vibrations up through the steering wheel and pedals when you accelerate.
Although wind and road noise in the 500 become increasingly noticeable as your speed rises, they never get to irritating levels – even on the motorway.
The 500’s manual gearshift is light but rather vague, but it’s preferable to the optional and decidedly jerky Dualogic semi-automatic ’box.
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