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.
Diesels are also scarce, but an example that has been looked after will set you back around £2000. You’ll have to spend a bit more for a 500 with the Twinair engine, with around £3000 being a good place to start.
Later examples will set you back between £4000 and £6000 for a good 2015 or 2016 car, £6500 or more on good 2017, and £8000 or more on later 2019 cars.
The pocket rocket of the range is the Abarth 500 (replaced by the 595 and 695 from 2012), which features a highly tuned version of the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. The only thing that isn’t small about this hot hatch is the price; you’ll need £4000 at least to secure an example.
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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).
Car tax (VED)
Tax for the pre-April 2017 500s shouldn't prove expensive because the tax system was based on CO2 output, and for most models, that was quite low. Those cars registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay VED (Car Tax) at the flat annual rate. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing and insurance
Insurance is a similar story, with all 500s sitting in groups 3 to 6. Only the Abarths reach double digits, in groups 13 and 14.
Servicing costs are in line with other models in the Fiat range and rival city cars.
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