Fiat 500 Review

The iconic Fiat 500 has had a facelift. The style icon is now built a little bit like the Fiat Panda, but is perfect for city driving and packs a small punch that will make your drive that little bit more exciting. But what makes this version better than all the others? Lets have a look.

Exterior

Everyone knows what the iconic post-war Fiat 500 looked like, and its basic appearance hasnǯt changed dramatically since. The new version boasts up to 1,800 improvements, yet the identity of this instantly recognisable car remains intact. This latest version looks sleek and smooth: perfect for zipping around the city.

For those who feel the Fiat 500 isn’t quite Alpha Male enough, there are six ‘second skin’ options: these graphic patterns to combine with the bodywork to completely customise your car to your taste.

There is no 5-door option for this car, its a traditional three-door hatch.

Interior

Throughout the cabin, we can see echoes of the Fiat 500 heritage; the bold body colour dashboard and the smattering of chrome across the interior. It makes for a nice-looking interior.

Fiat have moved the gearstick higher, to sit directly under the console so it gives this compact space a more roomy feel.

One of the newest additions to the 500 is that the chairs are made and designed with ergonomic care in mind. No passenger back pain in this car!

The Fiat 500 boasts Fiats Uconnect system, which is an optional extra on all models apart from the Lounge, which includes it. The Uconnect system incorporates DAB radio, TomTom satnav and a touchscreen controller for all the multimedia devices in your car.

The interior is less cluttered than the earlier models; the addition of the glove compartment on the dashboard and bigger cup-holders make it much more functional cabin.

On the road

Driving the new Fiat 500, not a lot changes from the earlier models. The high driver position gives you a good view of the road. The car is relatively light and the engine packs a reasonable bit of power to make every ride a fun ride!

There are no diesel options available for the new Fiat 500: you have a choice of three petrol engines. They’re all frugal and strong but we would recommend the two cylinder TwinAir engine, as it’s cheaper to run and is that little bit more powerful than the others.

The Fiat 500 has always been a great little city car. In the latest model you can use the ‘city steering’ mode to make it easier to manoeuvre into tight spaces and keep your drive light and easy.

At the entry Pop level, the car has Uconnect and stylish halo LED daytime running lights. We particularly like the Pop Star model; it includes air-conditioning, heated door mirrors, alloys and split folding rear seats to give you much more boot space.

The top level, Lounge, will get you some great extras like a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, front fog-lights and a bigger touchscreen for your infotainment system.

Our verdict

This new version of the Fiat 500 maintains the car’s heritage but with several modern-day updates. It’s fun, funky and a little bit retro. Fiat offer the Panda for those who need a little more space, but we will admit that this is less cool than the classic 500!

Its a great city car, and figures suggest that the resale value will be high (if the car is in the right colour).

For this model, Fiat have kept many of the elements that made the original Fiat 500 look so chic, but deliver a truly modern car through its vast array of customisation choices. Because of this, we believe that this new Fiat 500 will be just as popular as its predecessors.

For more information on the new Fiat 500, or any of our new cars, contact your local Perrys dealership.