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By Gavin Green
18 July 2007 12:09
Believe me, like the Mini, you’ll be able to customise the 500 to the nth degree with a raft of paint jobs and interior options. Naturally the accessories list is long, the better to allow you to personalise your car. The menu includes cabin perfume dispensers, chrome nudge bars (like the old 500), various roof decorations and a chrome tail rack for surf and snowboards. The colour palette - there are ‘50s pastel hues as well as modern metallic ones – is vast and so are trim options.
The Fiat 500 has real substance - a car that is fun and affordable if not cheap, an urban and ultra-Italian car that will also appeal internationally. Unlike the old 500, this one has no ambitions to be a national best seller, first transport for rural peasants, a step up from a Vespa. Rather, it’s more likely to play a part in mobilising Chelsea, the 16th arrondissement of Paris and the more fashion-conscious districts of Rome and Milan. Comparisons with the Mini are inevitable. That trend-setting little bundle of energy is the machine Fiat studied hardest. And to good effect. When UK sales begin in January, the base 500 will cost about £9000 before you start to tick the options boxes. That’s almost £3000 less than the cheapest Mini One. The Fiat is the closest rival the Mini has had to face – and given its pricing, it looks like it’s going to be some fight.
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Fiat 500 1.4 (2007) CAR review
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RE: Fiat 500 1.4 CAR review
Owner's comments on FIAT 500 1.4 (lounge version)
That styling!! Spot on inside and out... looks great in red.
Nice seats (in front), nice neat finish.
Solid feel, no rattles.
Fun handling (in a rolly polly sort of way)!
Fantastic brakes! Could handle a lot more power.
Very steady at high(ish) speeds.
That ride!! Reminiscent of a mark1 peugeot 205GTi. Anyone remember Car's comments on that one? Well its FIAT that should be crucified this time! What where they thinking? Standard suspension on 1.2, 1.3 much better.
Engine performance over 5.000rpm - pointless and noisy!
Engine performance below 2.5000rpm - also pointless!
Hey! Sort of like a diesel but without the economy (37mpg on mine, real life mixed driving).
Sport button. Must be switched on at all times! Worse throttle response than my 1973 Beetle on normal setting. What's the point?
Rear passengers better wear a helmet!
Can FIAT finish development of this car please? PRONTO! You are almost there!
16 June 2008 09:48
The statistics given above show it has the same engine with the same ratings as the Panda 100hp, and that the Panda is about 12% heavier.
Yet Fiat are claiming that the 500's 0-60 time is a second slower.
All in the gearing?
Mind you, the 500 1.4 slips into a lower C02 bracket compared to the Panda 100hp, which is always handy.
16 April 2008 03:17
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