Fiat 500

Fiat 500 (2007-?)

There is no word to describe this car other than cute. It has come an awful long way since the idea was first introduced in 1936. I’ll just go through a short timeline to show you the journey made up until the present day. We start off with the Fiat 500 ‘Topolino’ meaning “Little Mouse”

Fiat 500 Topolino

This car was one of the first of its kind. Only 3 metres in length, it set a trend for a new style of automobile, the Microcar.

Next came the adorable 500 which stayed on sale from 1957 to 1975. Less than 3 metres in length, it again became the benchmark for other microcars

Fiat 500 (1957-1975)

to live up to.

Fiat 126 (1972-2000)

However, Fiat then made a mistake and in 1972, they released a monstrosity onto the market which went by the name of the 126. Regardless of its looks, it still managed to remain on the market for 28 years!

But, never fear. In 2007, peace and order was restored as Fiat released the new 500, finally.

So then, is this new Fiat any good? Well, it’s a Fiat for a kick off so it isn’t going to be rubbish. In fact this car is brilliant in almost every way. First of all, it is fantastic to look at, it looks like a designer car, like something Gok Wan might wear. As we’ve learnt, it’s “all about the confidence.” Gucci even make a version!

So far, so good. And frankly, inside it’s just as exquisite. It is adorned with beautiful leathers and fabrics and everything works (unlike in some Fiats of old.) With so many colours to choose from, you can make this car look like any number of boiled sweet, but beware that the optional extras can cost serious money which could be spent more wisely. Fiat sell the cars with a various array of different stickers, which can cost £135 or more. Complete waste in my mind. Another complaint would be that Fiat don’t offer a Satellite Navigation option for the car. It seems a no brainer to offer it in my mind, maybe I’m just being picky.  I feel that when you configure a car on the website, Fiat are giving me to much choice, in other words, they’re giving me too much opportunity to cock up the design of the car. Once again, I may be being a bit picky, but they are giving me 12 interior colour schemes to choose from. I am of the male gender, I don’t understand colour schemes and will probably design a car with an interior that looks like an explosion in Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.

Let’s see some specifications for the 1.2 Pop (basic) with a petrol engine:

Price: £9,665

Power/Torque: 68bhp/102Nm

Top Speed: 99mph

Acceleration: 0-62mph in 12.9sec

CO2 Emissions: 113g/km

Fuel Economy: 58mpg

VED Band: C (£0 – it’s absolutely free to tax!)

Insurance Group: 5

Some depressing power, speed and acceleration figures there (not even 100mph!) but it is free to tax and cheap to fuel. And best of all, it’s funky, cool and retro. What more do you want for 10 grand?

Fiat 500 Interior

A great little car. 8 out of 10.

DB


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2 responses to “Fiat 500

  1. Thanks for the review! I love the look and the funky interior. Although I think I too would mess it up given the number of choices to be made on the route to a finished product. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Look out – the 500L is here… | 0to60reviews·

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