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I treated myself to a yellow fiat 500 pop 1.2 for my 2nd car. I loved the shape and the size. Inside the car my seat were half leather half cloth, colour coordinated dash board to match the outside of the car.It grips to the road well and, having recently driven it in snow and ice, it held its own quite nicely. The steering has two options (controlled by a button on the dash) - normal and city steering. I found the city steering button helped make the car easier to park. With the fiat been a small car parking was easy. The 500 is a very stylish little car and is undoubtedly feminine. I have been assured that the 500 is a very safe little car and it certainly does have plenty of airbags. Despite this, I find the thick mouldings at the sides of the interior a hinderance in terms of visability, especially when reversing. Mirrors are fine but there are definite additional blind spots when using the windows. As mentioned several times already the 500 is a little car. i have managed to get a rather pram in the boot before.The back seats are functional but not comfortable for long journeys. I would certainly recommend a test drive. It is excellent value for money as the tax is cheap and it has very good fuel consumption. If you are looking for a car that is functional, fun to drive and looks striking then I would recommend this car. They seem to hold their value pretty well too
I remember about 5 years ago, I used to see a cute wee car every morning, it was small, white and very retro looking. I immediately fell in love, and needed to find out more information about this. I found with a bit of searching online that it was a Fiat 500, the rejuvenated model of the the old cars which appeared on the roads in 1957 and were popular through the 60's/70's car of the same name. They have retained much of the shape, but added a modern twist. The new Fiat 500 has been released to celebrate he 50th anniversary of the 500's launch, Fiat launched the new Fiat 500. The car itself is very small, but that suits me as I'm single with no children. There are 4 seats, although you could at a push fit 4 adults and a very small adult in the middle of the backseat. It also has a small boot which isn't ideal for those major shopping trips, but considering how compact the car is overall, I'm not complaining! I bought the car as a Christmas present to myself in December 2011. I went for the 'Lounge' model with a grey interior. The 'Lounge model is the mid-range finish, and comes equipped with bluetooth, air conditioning, body coloured bumpers and mirrors and a glass roof as standard . I love the glass roof, but it did take a bit of getting used to - shortly after I bought the car, was driving home, saw the moon and paniced, thinking someone stole the roof! It took approximately 5 days for the car to arrive after I ordered it. I bought the white model, and the white is continued on the inside, the dash and finish are also the same white. The car itself has a very retro look outside and this continues on the inside with chrome finishes and curved, retro details. The car seems to be a perfect mesh of retro and modern, perfect for someone like myself who loves the retro look but also love my mod cons!! I did find that the gearstick took a bit of getting used to, as it is positioned on the central console rather than close to the floor that I was used to. Another feature that I found took a bit of getting used to was the start/stop system. This is a system that shuts off the engine when idling, although I find it doesn't always work. It is handy though if you stall, you just put the clutch in and the engine restarts itself. The ongoing computer system can be confusing at first, and if I'm honest, I rarely use any of the features. The only one I use is the range item, which shows you how many miles the car will do before running out of petrol. Other options include trip distance, miles per gallon and average speeds. Tank capacity (litres) 35 CO2 Rating (g/km) 113 Insurance group 6 I pay £30 a year for the road tax, and it is quite fuel efficient as well. I took the car to Dublin and back (a distance of about 250 miles) and put £30 petrol into it. The Fiat website gives the following mpg guidelines; Town mpg 49.6 Out of town mpg 65.7 Average mpg 58.9 It's 1.2 litre engine can be a bit sluggish on steep hills, but the rest of the time, the small engine isn't a worry for me. 0-60 mph (secs) 12.9 Max speed (mph) 99 Number of Valves 8 Max power (bhp/rpm) 68/5500 I love my wee car, and I've had it about 18 months and still brings a smile to my face when I see it. I love the design, and although it was a little more than I had intended to spend, I do think it was a good buy. The Lounge is around £11,000 to buy new, the entry level pop is cheaper, but it doesn't have the extras of the Lounge. I'd definitely recommend this car to anyone looking for a wee city runaround. Review also on Ciao with same username
Ive had my Fiat 500 for over 2 years now. I loved them from the moment I saw them. Mine is white. The thing with Fiat is that you can pick your car colour, seats, wheels and virtually everything else to suit yourself. I cannot fault Marsons Garage in Staffordshire for the help they gave me. I wanted certain things from the Pop model and certain things from the Sport model. With their help it was cheaper to have the Sport and change a few things. I had a sunroof fitted (£500). I dont know why with our weather but it is brilliant and looks great. I had sport checkerboard on the sides, a door bump thing so someone else doesnt hit your door when opening theirs.. It came with all the usual sporty things like sport stearing wheel, sporty alloys, tinted windows etc. I picked it up on September 1st at 7.30am. Everyone loves my car. Now the realism: Good points - easy to drive, easy to park, good road holding even in snow, minimal inside so very contemporary. Small boot but its easy to just lean over and put your shopping on the back seat. High enough inside that my over 6ft partner can drive it without banging his head on the roof. £30 road tax. Not too expensive to insure. Not so good points - Not really suitable for back seat passengers. Minimal inside so cant hide anything in the dash. No good if you have more than one small dog (I have 2 small dogs but didnt at the time). No good for family outings. No good for picking biggish things up from the shops. Worst point - not as economical on petrol as they say especially if you do short journeys. Would I buy it again? - No Why? - because there are many many low road tax cars now with slightly bigger interiors or even much bigger interiors that are more economical. I certainly wouldnt buy a 3 door car with my 2 dogs again. I can ony say that if you fall in love with this car - and I still love mine - try it out first and then think about what you want from a car long term before buying one.
Okay I am going to be completely honest with you. 4 years ago when I was just getting ready to sit my driving test I was confused about what car I wanted once I passed. It had to be something small, perfect for living in the city. Then I saw it! One day walking through the city centre there came an amazing sight. I didn't know what it was and I ended up chasing it through the streets to find out it was a Fiat 500. I am not ashamed of this fact because from that moment I was in love. Once I passed my test I got straight to the garage and ordered my Fiat 500. Black with unfortunately only the basics as I could not wait to get it personalised. I have now owned it for 3 years and have never had any issues with it. The car is small and compact but has plenty of room inside (as long as you're not in the back). The boot actually has a reasonable amount of space for a compact supermini. Okay here's the technical bits: The insurance for Fiat 500s under the new insurance group ratings means they fall within groups 5 - 26. My model is the 1.2 pop which is in group 5 so has one of the lower insurance costs out there. The Road tax for this vehicle is also a massive plus point, £30 for the whole year! You can't even buy six month road tax as you can with other cars because it is so cheap. The top speed is only 99mph but seeing as it will never be above 70 mph on the road this should not be thought of as a disadvantage. After discussing recent petrol prices with friends and colleagues I have realised that the Fiat 500 is a very economic car when it comes to fuel. Take my colleague who owns a different car and travels the same distance to work as myself. It costs her on average £50 to fill her car and it lasts her just under a fortnight. My Fiat 500 takes a maximum of £35 to fill and lasts at least 2 weeks. It has an average of 58 mpg. Which I know is not the best out there but still a lot better than most. It is also one of the safest superminis available on the market these days. There is 7 airbags covering the front and sides of the car.
I have owned a Fiat 500 for a year now and I'm still getting compliments in car parks (for the car obviously)! Handling I'm not the flashiest driver in the world but this car does more than get me from A to B. It grips to the road well and, having recently driven it in snow and ice, it held its own quite nicely. The steering has two options (controlled by a button on the dash) - normal and city steering. I personally find the 'city' option too light but the standard steering is responsive and easy. I find the driving position fairl high for a small car and this makes it easier to drive and gives you better visibility. Appearance The 500 is a very stylish little car and is undoubtedly feminine. However, as it is based on a vintage model and isn't too charicature in styling, I do not think it will be yet another fashinably deisgned acr that will date very quickly (I'm thinking back to the release of the re-designed beetle which, in my opinion, looks a little tired now). The interior is a little plasticky but, due to the attention to colour coding the interior, retains a sense of quality about it. The display panel is very easy to read and makes use of recent technology. Safety I have been assured that the 500 is a very safe little car and it certainly does have plenty of airbags. Despite this, I find the thick mouldings at the sides of the interior a hinderance in terms of visability, especially when reversing. Mirrors are fine but there are definite additional blind spots when using the windows. Space As mentioned several times already the 500 is a little car. i ahve managed to get a rather large suitcase in the boot before but this was considered a bit of an achievement so it's not for the family of four and the weekly food shop. The back seats are functional but not comfortable for long journeys. Little Extras I have the glass sunroof on mine which is very large and lets a lot of light in to the car. You can't open it but I can imagine the car would feel a lot more claustraphobic without it. I also have the Blue and Me package. My friends absolutely love playing with it! I can plug in my Ipod to the car (which then charges it) and control the tracks and files using my steering wheel or voice. I can also control telephone calls this way and the car will even read my text messages to me which very few new cars in this bracket have the technology to do. Conclusion I would certainly recommend a test drive. It is excellent value for money as the tax is incredibly cheap and it has very good fuel consumption rates. If you are looking for a car that is functional, fun to drive and looks striking then I would recommend this car. They seem to hold their value pretty well too
My wife owns one of these and I like to have a spin in it when I can because it's great fun to drive and looks pretty nifty too. I don't think it normally appeals very much to men because it seems their egos mean they have to drive huge souped up machines, but that's not a problem for me. I think one of the reasons I do like it so much is because I don't fully own it, but only use it at times. Don't get me wrong, it is VERY small. The room in the back seats is tiny and the boot is as small as you think. If I had to do a school run with it or the shopping it would be a bit of a nightmare. Firstly is the looks, it looks very sleek and stylish, but as mentioned the size of it usually means only women go for it. You can buy lots of various rubbing strips such as racing flags or italian flag colours to spice it up, but ours is just the basic white and I think this is more than fine. The alloy wheels, chrome handles and modern design make it as eye catching as it needs to be. The interior is very nice too, unusually there is a lot of tin on display all around the dashboard. Depending on the colour scheme, the seats, panels and controls all come in different colours. The steering wheel and controls can be either bright black or white, and the seats come in varying colours from greys mixed with whites to dark red and cream, there is loads of options. On to performance, the engine is a 1.2 (but they are available up to 1.4) and offers very impressive acceleration and can easily reach high speeds. It is a 'Pop' model, I do not know what exactly this refers to, but alternatives include Lounge or Sport. There is also more expensive diesel options available. My wifes has an automatic 'Dualogic' gearbox which is very impressive at changing gears for such a small car, the on screen display also shows you which gear is selected and there is the option to shift the gears yourself. MPG and 0-60 figures I have no idea about - sorry! With it being a small and close to the ground car, you really feel the bumps and the slowest of speeds feel like you are speeding along The steering turns fine, and the wheel has a fixed cover sewn onto it, just for display purposes I think though. All of the dials, rev counter, speedometer etc are displayed in one central circle behind the steering wheel, which has a large fat angled cover around it to keep the light off. It does look a bit cramped and takes a little getting used to trying to find what you are looking for in amongst all the various things crammed into the small space. The brake pedal needs a little work, having to be pressed nearly half way down before it starts to do anything, but this is no problem really. The biggest let down, aside from the size, is the indicators - they are crap! When you click it on, the slightest nudge of the steering wheel and it pops back off again, and if you have the wheel turned, sometimes they won't click on at all, and sometimes they make nasty snapping sounds when brought down to left from right or vice versa. It seems like a small thing, but it is the uselessness of these really gets in the way of enjoying the performance of the car. She has owned the car for nearly a year now, and it hasn't had any problems with it at all - yet - so good in terms of reliability. If you can put up with the size, eg if you just need a point a to point b car, I think it's a great option. If space is more important, try a Citroen Picasso (my beloved car!). If you're after a sleek and stylish looking basic car then this it is definitely what you have been looking for.
I LOVE my 500. It doesn't come before my other half but its only a smidgen behind. When I was looking for a car I wanted something small and that looked different, after awful service at the Suzuki garage it was between a Fiesta (the latest model of my then current car) a Copen (which when I have spare cash I would like as well) and the 500. After driving these cars I decided that: * the Fiesta was too much more expensive than the 500 and didn't pull on my heart strings the same. I did glance at the KA but as it is made in the same factory as the 500 there really was no competition on the looks front and no advantage on the reliability front. * the Copen was great fun to drive, and even more fabulous in the sun, but impractical as an only car. Now FIATS usually have a reputation for being unreliable but after reading many reviews on the Panda - which is the basis for 500 I was happy enough that it wouldn't be as bad as people make out. After driving it for the first time I was smitten. The interior of the car is beautifully styled, with the dashboard being the same colour as the exterior paintwork. The gearstick is higher and so is the seating position so although a small car it doesn't feel like it - even when driving past lorries. The drive is great fun. After testing the 1.2 and 1.4 I plumped for the 1.2, as it had more power lower down making it nippier around town (although the 1.4 was better for lots of motorway driving) As for styling, although I loved the whhite 500's I was informed 80% of the cars sold where in white so I went for the Red, unfortunately Fiat have discontinued some of the more retro colours which was disappointing. For extras my personal choices were: ESP - which was a god send in the icy conditions last year, its a few hundred £ to get it as an extra but it will cost more than that in damage if I hadn't had it. Reverse parking sensors - although the car is small the high aspect means that visability lower down isn't fantastic so its good for avoiding high kerbs etc. Although standard on the Lounge model (which I own) if you are looking at the base Pop model I would also recommend Blue&Me, where you can take calls through the soundsystem and listen to music via USB. Overall a super car (I'm averaging 56mpg for short trips) no problems so far (over a year) and looks fab, have turned many heads at traffic lights - oggling the car not me! Highly recommended to anyone (although not too many people I like it being one of the rarer cars!)
We are now in an age where most things have been done already and manufacturers/directors/singers are looking to replicate on past success of products, films and songs. Fiat have taken their old fiat 500, modernised and vamped it up. Its a great looking alternative to any small car on the roads today and has quickly become the new mini, but in my opinion a hundred times better. The interior keeps the whole look of the car in place, the dash looks like the car bonnet/bumper, there are huge dials which are clear to see and great to look at. You can really tell there has been alot of time modernising the old fiat 500 and it has easily paid off. It is one of the recent remakes that has paid off for fiat, its one of the fastest selling cars today, they have sold thousands in this country and every one you see you feel connected to the driver, its very common to get a wave from a fiat 500 driver that you do not even know. pros; - Geart price - Great looking little car - High mpg - Very easy to use - Very easy to park - Nippy little car dispite its 1.2 engine - Gorgeous pearl white colour, unmatched by any other small hatch - Comes in a Turbo Abarth version - Great handling - Incredible visibility through the windscreen and the back window - Lots of added extras if needed cons; - Many of them on the road - Seen as a cute girly car This car is a real contender for car of the year. Its perfect for around the town and also motorways, it does not struggle to keep up with modern traffic. Its a perfect remake of an old classic. Great for Young and old drivers as well as everyone inbetween, with the many different versions all types are well catered for.