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Fiat 500 HATCHBACK 1.2 Lounge 3dr

Stock Offer Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Stock Offer Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Stock Offer Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Stock Offer Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Stock Offer Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
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Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr
Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG60.10
  • 0-62mph12.9 secs
  • Top Speed101 mph
  • C02110 g/km
  • BHP69
  • Torque75 lbs/f
  • P11D21%

Review

Fiat's cheeky little 500 is a stylish citycar that remains as appealing as ever in this much improved guise. It's not been fundamentally changed - but then loyal buyers didn't really want it to be. These people tend to go for the base 1.2-litre version we look at here and will like the smarter look, the extra media options and the more individual feel. You can tell that Fiat knows its market.

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Fiat's rejuvenated little 500 arguably makes most sense in the 1.2-litre 69bhp entry-level guise that most customers choose. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

If ever a car has built its brand, it's this one, Fiat's 500. In fact, it's done so twice. First at its original launch back in 1957. And more recently with this modern era version, first launched in 2007 and significantly improved in mid-2015 to create the refreshed version we're going to look at here. In recent times, this Fiat has faced tougher competition, not only from the MK3 version of the MINI Hatch but also from other style-orientated small cars like the Vauxhall ADAM, the Citroen-derived DS3 and new generation versions of smart's fortwo and forfour models. Hence the thorough update that's created the revised version we're going to look at here. The look hasn't changed much - why would it? That's the main reason why over 1.5 million people have bought themselves this car. Minor tweaks though, have brought the styling into line with other larger models in the wider 500 range, plus there's a little more efficiency, more scope for personalisation and wider availability of the Fiat Group's Uconnect infotainment technology. Will it all be enough? Let's find out at the wheel of the volume 1.2-litre model.

Driving Experience

And on the move? Well the Italian brand has enhanced refinement and improved the braking performance of this revised model but in truth, the dynamic feel of this car won't be a very important consideration for most potential buyers. They'll be more interested in the super-tight 9.3m turning circle and the way you can twirl this car into the tightest parking space thanks to the super-light 'City' steering feature. These people will often be urban-based - hence the relatively high take-up for the clutchless 'Dualogic' transmission option. And over 80% of them tend to opt for the powerplant we tried, the 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit. There are other engine options - a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel and the 1.4-litre T-Jet turbo petrol unit used in the hot hatch 'Abarth' models for example - but if you really don't want the rather feeble petrol 1.2, then the powerplant your dealer will probably point you towards is the clever 0.9-litre two cylinder TwinAir petrol unit, offered in either 85bhp or 105bhp guises. This delivers a lovely putter-putter thrum that seems to be exactly the kind of thing you'd have heard from the 1957 original nipping through the back streets of Naples. More importantly, in a TwinAir 500 model you'll be getting around 50% more pulling power than you would be in this 1.2-litre variant, yet this is mated to the potential for quite outstanding frugality.

Design and Build

We'd understand if you concluded that this 'new' Fiat 500 looks pretty much the same as the old one. Nevertheless, Fiat insists that no fewer than 1,800 changes have been made in improving it. None of these have altered the dinky external dimensions, so at just 3.5m long, 1.6m wide and 1.5m high, this Fiat can still fit into spaces that even a MINI would have to avoid. If you choose the 500C variant rather than the fixed-top model that we tried, you get what amounts to a full-length canvas sunroof which electrically retracts into a concertinaed bundle just above the boot. Most of the exterior styling tweaks that have been made can be found at the front. The main round headlights adopt clever polyellptical modules for improved night time vision and integrate dipped-beam headlamps and turn signals. Inside, delicious details are everywhere, the coloured fascia panels featuring iconic '500' badging and colour-matched against the bodywork. As for the key change to this improved model, well on a plush variant like our 'Lounge'-spec test car, that's very obvious, the 5-inch 'Uconnect LIVE' infotainment display screen mounted high on the dashboard, right in your line of sight. This system, optional on lower-spec models, allows Bluetooth hands-free calling, music streaming, voice recognition and an SMS reader that will read text messages to you. As for practicalities, well there's obviously not much room on the rear seat but in the boot, the 185-litre space is no smaller than an ordinary mainstream citycar like Toyota's Aygo would give you.

Market and Model

Pricing for this three-door Fiat 500 occupies quite a wide span - anything between around £11,000 to around £17,000 for mainstream versions, with a significant £2,500 model-for-model premium if you want the '500C' version with its electric fabric folding roof. Here though, we're focusing on the normal fixed-top three-door hatch. Bear in mind that at the bottom of the range, you'll be limited to the 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine we tried, entry-level 'Pop' models only available with this unit. Progress up to mid-range 'Pop Star' trim and the more efficient 85bhp TwinAir petrol engine becomes available - at a premium of around £1,300 over the 1.2. Whichever of these two petrol powerplants you favour, there's the £750 option of the Dualogic clutchless gearbox if you want it. Is it worth stretching up to a TwinAir-powered 500 model? Over 80% of buyers choose not to, before usually going on to spend the money they saved on optional extras or personalised trim. For the few who do want something more sophisticated, pokey and efficient under the bonnet and are prepared to pay upwards of £13,000 to get it, the TwinAir option has its appeal, though we'd be mindful here of two facts. First that in tweaked 'Eco' form, the base 1.2 can be nearly as economical. And second, that for not much more than TwinAir money, you could get yourself a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel model that really would give you better day-to-day running cost returns.

Cost of Ownership

The more time we spent with this base 1.2-litre 500 variant, the more we understood why over 80% of buyers of this car choose this unit. For one thing, a lot of these people know that the quoted figures for the pokier, pricier TwinAir versions are very difficult to achieve in the real world. If fact, they're impossible to achieve unless you drive a 500 TwinAir model with its 'Eco' mode permanently activated. Almost nobody does this because the 'Eco' feature significantly limits the extra pulling power that would have prompted you to pay extra for the TwinAir model in the first place. On top of that, the four cylinder 1.2 has been getting progressively more class-competitive when it comes to efficiency, able to deliver 60.1mpg in this latest Euro6 guise - or 62.8mpg when mated to the Dualogic clutchless gearbox. The CO2 figures aren't bad either - 110g/km with a normal stick-shift or 105g/km in Dualogic form. Plus Fiat is also offering an 'Eco' version that can cut your CO2 to just 99g/km thanks to minor exterior and mechanical revisions.

Summary

To be honest, Fiat hasn't needed to do a whole lot to retain this 500 model's popularity. It still looks great, it's always been fun to drive and providing the pricing doesn't get too ambitious, the market remains there for it. As for this updated version, well issues like restrictions in bootspace and rear seat accommodation remain, but the things the brand could improve without a major redesign have been usefully updated. As a result, it's now a more modern-feeling product. In summary then, this car remains as likeable as ever, especially in its most affordable base 1.2-litre guise. Choosing a 'fashionable' little runabout can often be a risk. Here though, is one you can enjoy without a worry.

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Entertainment
4 speakers
5" touchscreen with bluetooth and DAB
Radio
USB/aux input socket
Exterior Features
Electrically adjustable painted door mirrors with defrosting / external temperature sensor
Fixed glass sunroof with sunblind
Solid paint
Body colour bumpers
Chrome door handles
Electric front windows
Front fog lights
Heat insulated glass
Heated rear windows with wash wipe
LED daytime running lights
Interior Features
Air conditioning
Cloth upholstery
1 passenger grab handle
50/50 split folding rear seats with height adjustable rear headrests
Auxilliary 12V power socket
Driver's seat memory
Front headrests
Front passenger seat memory
Height adjustable drivers seat
Height adjustable steering wheel
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheel with audio controls
Wheels
15" alloy wheels 74B
Fix and go puncture repair kit
Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
Dualdrive PAS
External temperature gauge
Rear parking sensor
Stop/start system
Trip computer
Packs
Chrome pack - 500
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS/EBD
Curtain airbags
Driver and passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
ESP + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder
Side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Window airbags
Security
Automatic door locking
Immobiliser
Locking fuel filler cap
Remote central locking
Trim
Grey dashboard trim
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 116
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft SOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1242
Compression Ratio 11.1:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 70.8
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 78.9
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 8
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 55.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 62.8
EC Urban (mpg) 46.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 46.3
General
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 69
Coin Series Lounge
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 8U
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 66
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 49
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 3
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 53
NCAP Safety Assist % 27
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 12.9
Engine Power - BHP 69
Engine Power - KW 51
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 75
Engine Torque - MKG 10.4
Engine Torque - NM 102
Engine Torque - RPM 3000
Top Speed 101
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/55 R15
Tyre Size Rear 185/55 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 15" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1488
Length 3571
Wheelbase 2300
Width 1627
Width (including mirrors) 1893
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 35
Gross Vehicle Weight 1345
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 474
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 185
Max. Loading Weight 365
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 400
Minimum Kerbweight 980
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 9.3

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