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2016 Fiat 500 Review

2016 Fiat 500 Review

The new Fiat 500 is one of the most popular city cars on the market, and with its retro styling and wide range of customisable features, you can make it your own. The latest car to arrive at Transport Monthly HQ was the improved Fiat 500 Lounge- a slightly more costly model of the 500 that comes with a fixed sunroof as standard.

 

Performance

The 1.2 engine is sensible with 69bhp, but for something a bit nippier around town, we’d suggest leaning more towards the Fiat 500 S 0.9 litre that comes with 105bhp as standard. The Fiat 500 is a great first car for new drivers and offers help within the cabin, prompting you to change gears for optimum fuel efficiency and sounding a warning beep when approaching speed cameras. The engine is quiet and steering is light and responsive which makes for a great driving experience within cities. Having said that, the 500 struggles when going up hills. In town, it averages around 35 miles per gallon although on motorways you’ll be looking at more like 50-60 miles.

Comfort

The most surprising thing about the inside of the Fiat 500 is perhaps the size and space on offer. The front two seats offer the driver and front passenger a comfortable and spacious ride, feeling like you could be in a much bigger car. Unfortunately, the back seats in the car are quite cramped and pokey with restricted legroom. Boot space is also limited but with no passengers, the 50/50 split folding rear seats fold down and allow for some much needed extra room.

Styling

It’s in terms of styling when the Fiat 500 really starts top flex its versatility muscle. With 15 different car colours, 9 interiors to choose from and 10 wheel options, it’s the ultimate customisable car. The curved dashboard makes the car appear much bigger than it is and with air conditioning and a leather steering wheel as standard, the car features an element of class comparable to more expensive cars.

Technology

Although the Fiat 500 has a retro appearance the technology within the car is certainly not outdated. With built-in Bluetooth you can instantly connect your phone to use with hands-free and audio- skipping songs and answering calls with ease. The instrument cluster within the car can be upgraded to a TFT screen which shows your average miles per gallon and how many miles you have left which recalculates according to your driving location and habits. The 500 also features a 5-inch touchscreen in the centre console.

 

The 1.2 engine is sensible with 69bhp, but for something a bit nippier around town, we’d suggest leaning more towards the Fiat 500 S 0.9 litre that comes with 105bhp as standard. The Fiat 500 is a great first car for new drivers and offers help within the cabin, prompting you to change gears for optimum fuel efficiency and sounding a warning beep when approaching speed cameras. The engine is quiet and steering is light and responsive which makes for a great driving experience within cities. Having said that, the 500 struggles when going up hills. In town, it averages around 35 miles per gallon although on motorways you’ll be looking at more like 50-60 miles.

 

The most surprising thing about the inside of the Fiat 500 is perhaps the size and space on offer. The front two seats offer the driver and front passenger a comfortable and spacious ride, feeling like you could be in a much bigger car. Unfortunately, the back seats in the car are quite cramped and pokey with restricted legroom. Boot space is also limited but with no passengers, the 50/50 split folding rear seats fold down and allow for some much needed extra room.

It’s in terms of styling when the Fiat 500 really starts top flex its versatility muscle. With 15 different car colours, 9 interiors to choose from and 10 wheel options, it’s the ultimate customisable car. The curved dashboard makes the car appear much bigger than it is and with air conditioning and a leather steering wheel as standard, the car features an element of class comparable to more expensive cars.

 

Although the Fiat 500 has a retro appearance the technology within the car is certainly not outdated. With built-in Bluetooth you can instantly connect your phone to use with hands-free and audio- skipping songs and answering calls with ease. The instrument cluster within the car can be upgraded to a TFT screen which shows your average miles per gallon and how many miles you have left which recalculates according to your driving location and habits. The 500 also features a 5-inch touchscreen in the centre console.

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