Fiat 500

 fiat 500

500 HATCHBACK - 1.2 Pop 3dr Dualogic



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£12150.94

BEST PRICE

£9,356 

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The 500 has been a great success story for Fiat, offering buyers a cute, retro citycar at affordable prices. But does it still have what it takes against newer rivals? Jonathan Crouch takes a look at a revised range enhanced with mild hybrid tech.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
500 HATCHBACK
1.2 Pop 3dr Dualogic
PETROL
£9,356.22
500 HATCHBACK
1.2 Lounge 3dr Dualogic
PETROL
£10,703.72
500 HATCHBACK
1.2 Sport 3dr Dualogic
PETROL
£10,819.22
500C CONVERTIBLE
1.2 Pop 2dr Dualogic
PETROL
£11,396.72
500 HATCHBACK
1.2 Star 3dr Dualogic
PETROL
£11,858.72
500 HATCHBACK
1.2 Rock Star 3dr Dualogic
PETROL
£15,550.94
500C CONVERTIBLE
1.2 Lounge 2dr Dualogic
PETROL
£12,744.22
500C CONVERTIBLE
1.2 Sport 2dr Dualogic
PETROL
£12,859.72
500C CONVERTIBLE
1.2 Star 2dr Dualogic
PETROL
£13,899.22
500C CONVERTIBLE
1.2 Rock Star 2dr Dualogic
PETROL
£18,200.94

Ten Second Review

Fiat's cheeky little 500 is a stylish citycar that remains as appealing as ever. It's just gained clever 1.0-litre mild hybrid petrol power but otherwise hasn't been fundamentally changed in recent times - but then loyal buyers didn't really want it to be. These people will like the smart look, the various media options and the very individual feel. You can tell that Fiat knows its market.

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 2008. Ever since, it's been a money-spinner for the Italian brand, who've never stopped trying to improve it. We got quite a wide-ranging package of updates in early 2014 that gave buyers of more expensive versions the company's 'UConnect' infotainment technology. Then in early 2020, the brand announced a 1.0-litre mild hybrid three cylinder engine. Fiat's also put considerable thought into a wide range of personalisation options. It all means that on paper at least, this car remains a strong proposition. The small, fashionable citycar segment though, has changed substantially since this model's original launch. Does this Fiat still have what it takes to compete? Let's find out.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
105
CO2 (g/km)
120
CO2 (g/km)
119
CO2 (g/km)
119
CO2 (g/km)
114
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
8
Camshaft
SOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
11.1:1
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
Gears
5 SPEED
CC
1242
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
70.8
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
78.9
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
52.3
EC Urban (mpg)
47.9
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
70.6
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
60.1
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
61.4
EC Combined (mpg)
62.8
EC Combined (mpg)
54.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
46.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
6.1
General
Generation Mark
1
Safety Concerns?
False
Coin Series
Pop
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
7U
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
7D
Service Interval Mileage
18000
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
66
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
49
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
53
NCAP Safety Assist %
27
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
3
Badge Power
69
Badge Engine CC
1.2
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Performance
Engine Power - KW
51
Engine Power - RPM
5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
75
Engine Torque - NM
102
Engine Torque - RPM
3000
0 to 62 mph (secs)
12.9
Top Speed
99
Top Speed
101
Engine Power - BHP
69
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Torque - MKG
10.4
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
True
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R14
Tyre Size Rear
175/65 R14
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
14" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2300
Width (including mirrors)
1893
Height
1488
Length
3571
Width
1627
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
900
Minimum Kerbweight
995
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
35
Gross Vehicle Weight
1350
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
185
No. of Seats
4
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
400
Max. Loading Weight
450
Max. Loading Weight
355
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
474
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
9.3
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Driving Experience

The big news here is the introduction of a mild hybrid 70hp 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine to replace the aging 69hp 1.2-litre conventional four cylinder unit this car's been soldiering on with since launch. The mild hybrid powerplant improves fuel efficiency without impeding performance. It also ensures a very high standard of driving comfort thanks to a 12-volt 'BSG' 'Belt-integrated Starter Generator', allowing for a quiet, vibration-free restart of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode. The engine (which in conventional form we've already seen in the 500X SUV) puts out 92Nm of pulling power and works via a 6-speed manual gearbox inegrated with that 'BSG' set-up we just mentioned. The 'BSG' system is mounted directly on the engine and is operated by the belt that also drives the auxiliaries. The new system also involves lowering the entire power unit 45mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower centre of gravity. As before, there's a 1.4-litre petrol turbo unit for the Abarth models. In recent times, Fiat has tried to improve both the ride and handling of this 500, though this will probably be of limited interest to the car's urban-minded audience. You'll find that the engine can get a bit vocal if you work it hard. Even then though, the gruff, slightly throbby note is characterful rather than unpleasant and around town, refinement is more than acceptable. If you are urban-bound, you might also want to consider the optional (but rather jerky) Dualogic gearbox, a kind of manual transmission without a clutch. Unless you like all that left-foot pumping of course. With the Dualogic though, you'll have to have the older less efficient 1.2-litre 69hp engine. City dwellers will appreciate the tight 9.3m turning circle.

Design and Build

Fiat would've been unwise to mess with the 500's shape too much, so sensibly, they've kept exterior styling tweaks to the minimum with this 500 model over the last few years. As before, there's a single three-door bodystyle, though you can order it in soft-topped '500C' form if you like the idea of having an electric fabric-folding roof. Your Fiat dealer will also offer you a fashionable choice of wheels, graphic packages and paint colours. Inside, the biggest change to more recent versions of this car has been the inclusion of 'Uconnect' infotainment systems on all models, Smart air vents flank the screen, leading to a much more integrated feel than you'd get in many more expensive cars. Drivers will also appreciate the smart steering wheel with its chrome-plated switches. Plus, if they're in a plush 'Lounge' model, they've the benefit of an optional 7" TFT instrument cluster. In the rear, larger adults will find their heads brushing the roof and will need to make full use of the elbow cut-outs indented into the side panels. Most though, will find the space provided just about sufficient for two people on short to medium journeys - and it'll probably be fine for kids. The 185-litre boot remains as before, no bad thing as this still trumps many rivals. If you need to carry more, then you can push forward the rear bench, which split-folds in all but the entry-trim level. This frees up 550-litres. Bear in mind if you opt for the 500C convertible version that the luggage capacity figures fall slightly to 182-litres.
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