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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Fiat 500

£11,145£21,520
7/10
Overall verdict
A car from whose existence we all benefit, even if we don’t want to be seen in one.
 

For: 

Stylish, affordable but above all life-affirming little hatch

Against: 

Not a dynamic match for the Mini Cooper

Overview

What is it?

It’s a retro Panda. That’s it, really. If you want a markedly less practical and markedly more expensive version of Fiat’s top-notch city car, step right this way. The 500 harks back to Fiat’s iconic post-war microcar in terms of looks, but is built on the Panda platform and shares most of its engines.

But cars are a lifestyle choice these days as much as they are a means of getting about, and the 500 looks wonderful where so many cars in this segment are drab. For the new model year, Fiat’s made a big fuss of how it’s been facelifted, but unless you’re a keen spotter of bumpers ‘n lights, you’ll be hard pushed to notice. For the record, Fiat says 1,800 changes have been made. Clearly polyelliptical headlights are made of many parts.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
0.9 TwinAir 105 Lounge 3dr
10.0s 99g/km 67.3 104 £14,420
The cheapest
1.2 Pop 3dr
12.9s 110g/km 60.1 69 £11,145
The greenest
e 3dr Auto
9.0s 0g/km 111 £21,520
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