Fiat 500

What is it
The 1957 Nuova Cinquecento was to Italy as the Beetle was to Germany. The current Fiat 500, with its Italian design and city-friendly functionality is a truly modern version of that old classic.

What is it like inside

Space was never likely to be one of its hallmarks and it is cramped for adult passengers, but there is a good quality interior with beautiful retro dials and instruments.

What is it like to drive

As expected it is in the city where the 500 excels and it is a gem to drive. It sails around bends, but in acute corners there is a very definite understeer, although it grips and glides over imperfections well. On the motorway refinement is compromised.

What is it likely to cost
Economy ranges from 3.9 litres to 6.5 litre per 100km. Starting price for the Fiat 500 is €12,695 and rises to €16,695

Cute retro styling, its a fashion accessory on wheels while it is not quite as fun to drive as it should be it will still put a smile on your face!

Fiat 500
Engine size: 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4 Petrol
Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.54 x 1.62 x 1.48
Fuel Economy: 3.9 to 6.5 litre per 100km
Performance: 52 – 101kW (7.9 – 12.9 0 -100km)
Emissions (motor tax):  92 – 155 (€160-€330)
Boot Capacity Seats up (seats down): 185 (550)
Doors: 3 Doors
Euro NCAP – Occupant: 5
Euro NCAP – Child: 4
Euro NCAP – Pedestrian: 2

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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