The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A fabulous nippy little car, perfect for everyday essential needs

Starting price: £14,005

Pros

You can park int he smallest of places

2 boosters in the rear

7″ touchscreen

You can get a pushchair and couple of shopping bags in the boot

Great fun to drive

Cons

Cup holders could be bigger

Safety NCAP rating

Intro

What can we say; it’s no wonder why there are so many Fiat 500s on the road.  It is a great little car that has exciting surprises.  If the Italians can do one thing, it’s bring style to the party, they can even make an exhaust pipe look classy!

There are 7 different trims, all with fun quirky names and different fabric interiors (they’re clearly targeting us females); Pop, Connect, Dolcevita, Dolcevita Plus, Red, Hey Google and Sport.  We drove the hybrid, manual Dolcevita.  It was great fun to drive and could really move when we wanted it to.

Interior

The interior is sleek and stylish with a fun, sporty look. The central 7 inch touchscreen on the dashboard is a great size for a small car and easy to navigate around. With smartphone integration (we love this), it is also simple to access your phone’s accessories and the steering wheel buttons make it even simpler. However, go for the Hey Google Fiat 500 model and it’ll take driving a Fiat to a whole new level!  This model allows you to use your voice to control the car with Mopar® Connect and Google Assistant. By simply saying “Hey Google, talk to my Fiat…” you can find out all manner of things, such as how much petrol is left in the tank and tell it to unlock the boot or unlock the car. For anyone who struggles to remember where you’ve parked the car in a big multi-storey car park (we’ve all done it!) you can even ask Google – “where is my car?!” Clever stuff!  

The air con is much improved and simple to use.  If you want to lighten up the interior space, an electric sunroof will set you back an additional £600 by opting for the “Sky Pack.”

The mirrors are a good size and provide ample visibility around the car. The rear window is small but rear parking sensors come as standard.

Seats & Passenger Space

Fiat have made the seats in the Fiat 500 stylish, fun and sporty looking.  Fabric seats come as standard but sadly leather is not an option (a must we feel with kiddies and sticky fingers) That said, they are made of synthetic fabric which is wipeable – let’s hope so! 

There is enough leg room in the front, but anyone over 6ft may struggle with the space! In the back, there is plenty of room for 2 large booster seats on the rear bench, where you will also find 2 ISOFIX points. Sadly, there is limited leg room for older teenagers and adults who may struggle with anything other than a short journey. If tinted rear windows (privacy glass) are on your essentials list to minimise the sun’s glare in the back, you’ll need to budget a further £400 for the “Style Pack.”

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 central cupholders that are located low down below the gear stick.  Whilst the position is great being further forward than most, they are on the small side. We couldn’t stand a water bottle in there.  We managed to squeeze a coffee cup in one, but you’ll have difficulty putting a second drink in the other holder.  The glove box whilst having a plasticky feel, provides enough space for a few bits and bobs. There is even 1 cup holder in the back for the kids to fight over – joy!

Boot Space

We loved the boot size!  For a small car it is a pleasant surprise and is bigger than similar cars in this class, such as the Toyota Aygo.  An umbrella fold pushchair with the smaller wheels will go in easily and still leave you with room for any school bags or a few bags of shopping on top.  This is amazing considering it is one of the smallest cars on the road, however it is worth noting that opting for the soft top Fiat 500C (soft top), means you will have to compromise on boot space.

Summary

Overall, despite the issues we had with the cup holders, we absolutely loved the Fiat 500.  It is a classic Italian little car that is perfect for everyday needs.  You can literally park it in the smallest of spaces and it has enough space for day to day family life.   

Car seats used in this review – 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm) 1 x Babystart Topo Booster (width 38cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

185 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

3571mm (L) x 1627mm (W) x 1485mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

41.5 – 53.3

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 12.9 secs