The interior layout, fit and finish
Plenty of drivers will struggle to get comfortable in the 500C. The seats are quite flat, and – more critically – there’s no height adjustment on Pop trims (you can’t add it, either), and no reach adjustment to the steering wheel; it only moves up and down, not in and out. You can add optional leather seating on Lounge trims.
The Fiat’s interior may be as bright and bubbly as a children’s TV presenter, but the Mini Convertible’s interior certainly feels a class above and goes a long way to justifying its higher price. The dash is reasonably easy to use, with conventional rotary switches for the air-con, and you get audio controls on the steering wheel as standard across the range.