Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 Series 3 has touched down in Australia, with a small number of new features, and a new pricier sticker – though the entire range is now priced to drive away, which does simplify matters for customers.

All the 500 variants are roughly three grand more than the original price. The 500 is the fastest growing nameplate in the Micro segment, so Fiat is betting that customers looking for something more distinctive and fun than the almost unbeatably cheap Mitsubishi Mirage and Nissan Micra, will still be willing to pay a little more. Fiat Chrysler Australia President & CEO Veronica Johns says: “Fiat enjoyed record-breaking sales in the first half of 2014 and the new 500 range is a timely arrival to continue our momentum.”

The S and Lounge variants collect a new seven-inch LCD instrument display, which includes a digital speedo, tacho, “eco meter”, trip info and even a g-force meter, in case you’re worried about cornering so fast in your 500 that you might pass out.

There’s three new colours available: Blue Jelly Bean, Vanilla Ice Cream and Mint Milkshake, all of which are charming in a retro sort of way, and all of which will get you laughed at by your friends. You can also personalise your 500 with a choice of a couple of dozen different roof stickers and body decals; and with 16 new interior options, the total permutations for customising your 500 would require better maths than ours.

The mechanicals remain the same. The 500 Pop models have the 1.2L engine, producing 51kW and 102Nm, with a choice of a five-speed manual or Dualogic transmission. The 500 S gets the 74kW, 131Nm 1.4L engine, with a six-speed manual or Dualogic transmission. The 500 Lounge gets the 0.9-litre two-cylinder TwinAir Turbo – the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid petrol engine in the country – delivering 63kW and 145Nm, and only comes with the Dualogic automatic transmission.

Fiat 500 Pop manual $17,000

Fiat 500 Pop Dualogic $18,500

Fiat 500 Pop convertible Dualogic $21,000

Fiat 500 S manual $20,000

Fiat 500 S Dualogic $21,500

Fiat 500 S convertible Dualogic $24,000

Fiat 500 Lounge Dualogic $23,000

Fiat 500 Lounge convertible Dualogic $25,500