Fiat 500C review

Category: Convertible

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol, electric
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Fiat 500C may look cheap compared to its main rival – the Mini Convertible – but there is a huge gulf in quality between the two cars; the Mini is absolutely worth the extra money if your budget can stretch to it.

The 500C’s mild hybrid engine isn’t as fuel-efficient as you’d hope, nor are its official CO2 emissions particularly impressive.

Avoid entry-level Pop as you don’t get alloy wheels or air-conditioning. Lounge trim is the pick of the lineup, adding that aforementioned infotainment system, as well as cruise control and rear parking sensors. There is, of course, a huge range of style options, from pastel and metallic body colours and contrasting roofs, through to fancy alloy wheels and all manner of decals to add the final flourish; just try not to get carried away as the price can rack up quickly, and you won’t get that extra cash back in resale values.

The Fiat 500 falls down significantly when it comes to safety, and the same is true of the convertible version. Euro NCAP awarded the hatchback three stars out of five for its overall safety, with a disappointing 27% score in the safety assistance category. Security experts Thatcham rated it poorly for resisting theft and break-ins, largely because you only get an alarm if you add one as a dealer-fit option, although an immobiliser is at least standard. A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is standard.

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Fiat 500C 2020 RHD infotainment

Overview

The Fiat 500C has a desirable image and is easy enough to drive around town. However, it is difficult to get comfortable in and generally outclassed in all areas by the more grown-up, more expensive Mini Convertible.

  • Funky styling
  • Cheaper than Mini Convertible
  • Easy to drive around town
  • Very limited rear seat and boot space
  • Disappointing safety rating
  • Leisurely driving pace

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