Fiat 500 continues award hot-streak

The 1.2-litre version of stylish Fiat city car retained the award it first won in 2009 at a ceremony at Twickenham Stadium in Middlesex on Wednesday, beating off competition from the likes of the Alfa MiTo, Citroen C3 and Ford Fiesta along the way.

Judges described the Fiat 500 as ‘affordable, fun and easy on the environment’ at the awards, whose aim is to find the most economical and efficient cars in eight separate categories.

What Car? editor-in-chief Steve Fowler added. "It’s no surprise Fiat’s brilliant 500 has won this category for the second year in a row. Nothing else in this class can mix as much style, affordability and fun with such green credentials."

The Fiat 500 1.2-litre Pop emits 113g/km of CO2 emissions and averages 58.9mpg on the combined cycle.

Fiat has cut fuel consumption in the retro-styled model by installing Start&Stop technology across the 500 range. The technology automatically turns off the engine when the car is stationary in busy traffic or at traffic lights to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption.

The Italian manufacturer has even signalled its intentions to produce an electric Fiat 500, although Fiat has confirmed it will only be produced and sold in the US initially.

"Part of the 500’s attraction to customers is that it delivers great value for money at the fuel pumps," adds Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. "Add in the fact that the car is great to drive, stylish and fantastic to look at, and we think we have a winning formula. I’m delighted that the What Car? judges agree with us."

As well as the award-winning 1.2-litre engine, a 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre turbodiesel MultiJet engine is available for the 500 from £9,465.

The Fiat 500 is no stranger to awards. In a surprise result, it was voted by Top Gear as the sexiest car in a supercar-packed list of 100 and since then it has picked up numerous other awards, including Auto Express’ City Car of the Year title.