Cars don’t get much more iconic than the Fiat 500. This
emblematic city car has been a common sight on bustling European streets for
over 60 years, and the latest model adds comfort, refinement and connectivity
to its traditional strengths of its quirky looks and manoeuvrability.
An important element of the appeal of the 500 has always been its compact shape. The new car retains its city-friendly dimensions – 357cm long, 163cm wide and 149cm tall with a wheelbase of 230cm – but the design of the front and rear ends has been sensitively refreshed to ensure the identity of the popular and beloved 500 remains. The exterior style of the Fiat 500 expresses all the distinctive elements which characterised the 1957 original but now reasserts this appeal with more a contemporary look and additional technical content.
The most obvious reference to the past can be found at the front: the 500 retains the “face” of its predecessors with headlights which are still circular in shape but have a more dynamic slant to convey a bolder and more confident gaze.
The interiors are extensively revised, most noticeably in terms of dashboard design: it now integrates the advanced Uconnect infotainment (touchscreen on the Lounge version) across the range. The unit is not only easier to read and more intuitive to use, it also improves connectivity and functionality. The dashboard dome and air vents are also redesigned to accommodate the new unit.
|Combined Fuel Consumption|
mpg / (l100)km
|Combined CO2 Mass Emissions|
|Max Engine Power |
hp (kW) at rpm
|Petrol 1.2 69hp||60.1 (4.7)||110||69 (51) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 1.2 69hp Dualogic||62.8 (4.5)||105||69 (51) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 1.2 69hp ECO||65.7 (4.3)||99||69 (51) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 0.9 TwinAir 85hp||74.3 (3.8)||90||85 (62.5) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 0.9 TwinAir 85hp Dualogic||74.3 (3.8)||88||85 (62.5) at 5500||5|
|Petrol 0.9 TwinAir 105hp||67.3 (4.2)||99||105 (77) at 5500||6|
|Diesel 1.3 Multijet 95hp||83.1 (3.4)||89||95 (70) at 4000||5|
The Fiat 500 is powered by a range of environment-friendly, Euro 6-compliant engines combined with five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or a Dualogic robotised transmission depending on the model. The engines line-up available at launch include the 1.2 litre 69hp, the TwinAir 85hp and the TwinAir 105hp.
The TwinAir 0.9 85hp has an official fuel consumption figure of 74.3mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 90g/km, remarkable figures which not only have positive environmental implications but which also ease the burden on the owner's pocket too.
The 500 range will be expanded after the launch with the 1.2-litre 69hp engine in 'Eco' configuration and the 1.3-litre 16v Multijet II 95hp turbo diesel unit (to be confirmed). The 1.2 ‘Eco’ will be equipped with a smart alternator, a specific aerodynamic pack and new 14- or 15-inch tyres with low rolling resistance and high resistance to wear resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions from 110 to just 99g/km.
The Fiat 500 is the only car in its segment, alongside the FIAT Panda, to offer a small diesel engine ideally suited for those with long commutes into congested cities: The 1.3-litre 16v Multijet II 95hp will emits only 89 grams of CO2 per kilometre and comply with Euro 6 standards when it goes on sale later in the year.
In place of the audio system of the previous 500, the new Uconnect system now takes pride of place in middle of the dashboard of the Fiat 500. On the entry-level version, the system includes; FM/AM radio; remote controls on the steering wheel; AUX-IN and USB ports and six speakers as standard.
Lounge models are equipped with the Uconnect 5-inch Radio LIVE system which is a touchscreen unit complete with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice recognition and an SMS reader for reading text messages received on compatible telephones using 'text to speech' technology. The driver can connect multimedia devices via USB or using the 3.5mm auxiliary jack or stream music via Bluetooth using a compatible smartphone. DAB digital radio is also available.
Engineered to comply with the toughest standards, the Fiat 500 is one of the safest cars in its segment. The popular 1.2 69hp version is now equipped with larger brake discs for even more effective and powerful braking, and seven airbags (front, window and side airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag) remain standard across the range as before. Active safety systems include ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), advanced electronic stability control (ESC), anti-slip regulation (ASR), Hill Holder and hydraulic brake assistance (HBA) to help with emergency stops.
FIAT 500 SPECIFICATION OPTIONS
|500 POP||500 POP STAR||500 LOUNGE||500S|
Additional to 500 POP
Additional to 500 POP STAR
Additional to 500 LOUNGE
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