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The Fiat Cinquecento is the Italian answer to BMW's Mini. Retro chic style, attractive pricing and some temptingly hot 500 Abarth and SS versions provide stimulation for enthusiasts. For more information on the Fiat 500, click on our further stories on the links below.
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This is Fiat heartland: a bijou, fashionable city car, letting the Italians show us what they do best - no-nonsense small cars with an oversupply of brio and fashion strutting. The 500 was launched back in 2007 and is still soldering on, so we have to applaud the design that has aged so well. Externally, at least. For inside the city car is beginning to show its age, with more crumbly infotainment systems and the dashboard construction is disappointingly plasticky. Especially when compared with the Mk3 Mini (the Fiat has been on sale for all three generations of BMW's fashionable tot). We think the 500 is best enjoyed with as few fripperies as possible, so while the Abarth hot hatches are fun for a while, they don't deliver in the long run. And the rasping, fun TwinAir two-cylinder engines are not as frugal as they make out to be, either. So our money would go on a regular 1.2 or 1.3.
The one we'd buy
The one we'd avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Mini, Vauxhall Adam
Chic styling, plentiful supply, sharp prices, frequent range renewal
Not as good to drive as pricier Mini, feels its age inside