What used Fiat 500 hatchback will I get for my budget?
£2000 is where you will find the highest-mileage versions of the entry-level 1.2-litre Pop. If you can spend a bit more, say around £4300, then you will have your pick of 1.2 Lounge spec cars with 45,000 miles or fewer.
The 1.4 was only on sale until 2011, when it was replaced by the 0.9 two-cylinder turbo. For that reason, it is quite rare on the used market and prices vary. Expect to have to pay £4500. Diesels are also fewer in number than their petrol brethren, and will set you back £4500.
You’ll have to spend a bit more for a Fiat 500 with the later 0.9-litre engine, with £5000 being a good place to start.
The pocket rocket of the range is the Abarth, which features a highly tuned 1.4-litre turbo petrol. The only thing that isn’t small about this car is the price; you’ll need £7500 at least to secure an example.
How much does it cost to run a Fiat 500 hatchback?
The Fiat 500's popularity will ensure that it holds more of its value than its rivals do – making it a sound purchase, as long as you don't pay over the odds in the first place.
Diesel models don't have noticeably better resale values compared with petrol models but will save on fuel costs, with the 1.3 diesel rated for 67.3mpg (72.4mpg with Stop&Start). The 1.2-litre has an official average of 55.4mpg (58.9mpg with Stop&Start), the 1.4-litre 46.3mpg (48.7mpg with Stop&Start), while the Abarths manage 43.4mpg. The 0.9-litre turbocharged two-cylinder engine is, on paper, the economy star: it manages to do 70.6mpg or 67.3mpg, depending on which power output you choose.
Road tax for a 500 shouldn't prove expensive. The 1.2-litre petrol emits just 119g/km (99g/km with Stop&Start) of CO2, with the 1.4-litre emitting 140g/km (135g/km with Stop&Start) and the diesel just 110g/km (104g/km with Stop&Start). Insurance is a similar story with cars in Groups 3-6. Only the Abarths reach double digits, in Groups 13 and 14. The 0.9-litre turbo manages to squeeze into the free tax band, though – it is worth noting that all Fiat 500s registered after April 2017 will cost you £140 to tax a year.
Servicing costs are in line with other models in the Fiat range, and similar to rivals' cars.