What used Fiat 500 hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for the 500 start at around £1500 for the highest-mileage examples from 2008 and 2009. If you can spend around £2000 to £3000, you'll have your pick of 1.2 cars that have done an average or even below average mileage for the year.
The 1.4-litre engine was only on sale until 2011, when it was replaced by the turbocharged 0.9-litre Twinair. It's therefore quite rare on the used market and prices vary, so expect to have to pay between £2000 and £3000 for a 1.4 that hasn't driven to the moon and back.
How much does it cost to run a Fiat 500 hatchback?
Diesel models are rated for 67.3mpg (72.4mpg with stop/start) as recorded under the older NEDC tests. The 1.2-litre has an official average of 55.4mpg (58.9mpg with stop/start), or 51.4mpg under the WLTP tests, and the 1.4-litre 46.3mpg (48.7mpg with stop/start), while the Abarths manage 43.4mpg, all under the NEDC.
The 0.9-litre turbo two-cylinder engine is the economy star: it manages to do 70.6mpg or 67.3mpg, depending on power output, although this drops to 52.3mpg under the later, more realistic WLTP tests. Meanwhile, the later 1.0 hybrid version claims an official WLTP fuel consumption of 53.3mpg.
The 1.2-litre petrol emits just 119g/km (99g/km with stop/start) of CO2, while the 1.4-litre emits just 140g/km (135g/km with stop/start) and the diesel 110g/km (104g/km with stop/start).