When Fiat first launched its modern version of the classic 500 in 2007, the retro looks went down a treat. The revival of the original 1957 car surfed a wave of nostalgia and it became one of the go-to stylish city cars.
It’s been so popular Fiat have introduced a range of other models with the latest regeneration, including the Fiat 500C convertible, the Fiat 500L MPV and the Fiat 500X crossover.
What you need to know about the Fiat 500
Underneath the heritage look, there’s nothing old-fashioned about the Fiat 500. It’s an easy car to drive, which feels most at home in towns and cities. You’ve got great visibility and the light steering means you can nip around at ease.
It may lack thrills, but stealing the last parking space because no-one else can navigate their way in is always a bonus. For smooth city driving, the TwinAir two-cylinder turbo petrol is probably your best choice. It offers up a 0-62mph time of 11 seconds for the 85bhp version and 10 seconds for the 105bhp model – easily enough power to get off the mark from low speeds.
When you’re driving a Fiat 500, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how spacious the front feels. There are impressive digital displays too, especially in latest release. It’s no surprise the 500 typically appeals to a younger audience looking for the balance of style and affordability.
What you need to watch out for
Top Gear point out what we all don’t want to admit - the 500 looks wonderful where so many cars are drab. They even draw attention to how fun it is to drive, due to the fact it’s a relatively light hatch with a short wheelbase and plenty of power in the right spec.
You’ll have to be careful with the choice of trim, though, as some miss out desirable extras. Pop Star is a good choice.
The 500 remains a fun and stylish city car that’s evolved for modern needs. Check out our full review, and start browsing Fiat 500 models with Exchange & Mart today.