2020 Fiat 500 Hybrid verdict
The Fiat 500 Hybrid brings mild electrification tech to the much-loved, much-bought style icon – but does it make it more recommendable?...
The modern reimagining of the Fiat 500 in 2007 created an instant fashion icon, and sales success has followed in its wake. However, even at launch, it wasn't a particularly recommendable car.
This injection of extremely mild electrification does little to lift its appeal; the 500 remains distinctly average to drive, cramped inside and priced in line with rivals that are much better in every department.
The quality of the class has moved up distinctly in recent years, and Fiat’s hesitancy to dabble with its winning formula has left it trailing behind. But these objective drawbacks are unlikely to deter those who are sold by its design and iconic image.
If you’re after a small, highly efficient car, look at the mild hybrid Suzuki Ignis. It remains the most economical car we’ve ever run through our True MPG testing and is a likeable car all round. If you're prepared to spend a bit more on fuel, the Kia Picanto remains our value car pick.
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Rated 2 out of 5
Fiat 500 Hybrid Launch Edition
Price £16,795 On sale Now Engine 3 cyls, 999cc, petrol with 12V BSG electric motor Power 69bhp at 6000rpm Torque 68lb ft at 3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight 980kg (est) 0-62mph 13.8sec Top speed 104mph Fuel economy 53.3mpg CO2 WLTP figures tbc
Rivals Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10
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