What's the used Fiat 500 like?
The current Fiat 500 reinvents one of the most iconic cars of the '60s, in the same way that BMW did with the Mini. Cute styling, bags of personality and lots of kerb appeal make it a sure-fire hit on the used car market.
Urban streets are where the 500 excels, with its nimble handling and light steering. On faster roads its limitations become more apparent because of its nervous and unsettled ride. The 500's refinement also suffers as the speed builds, with wind- and road noise becoming increasingly irritating. At least the engines aren't too noisy, though.
The retro cabin is almost as good to look at as the exterior, with plenty of neat design touches. It's also well built using quality materials. All models come with front, side, curtain and knee airbags as standard, as do ISOFIX child-seat mounting points. The 500 has a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
The current incarnation is bigger than the original 500, but is still compact by today's standards. There's good passenger space in the front, but the back is cramped for adults. The boot isn't great either, but it is bigger than that of its arch rival - the Mini.