The Fiat 500 is proof that bargain hunters can purchase a thrilling new run-around
The Fiat 500 is proof that bargain hunters can purchase a thrilling new run-around for under £10,000. For this modest sum motorists may assume their new vehicle choices are limited to obscure wallowing heaps, battery powered milk floats, or perhaps a bicycle. In fact, the perfectly proportioned 500 could grace your driveway from only £8,700.The Fiat 500 is the most stylish city car on the market and brings Italian flare to Britain's congested roads. There are three engine displacements to choose from - the 1.2-litre 69bhp, 1.4-litre 100-135bhp, and the 1.3-litre 75-95bhp diesel. The most thrilling choice is the 1.4-litre Abarth which rockets to 62mph in 7.9 seconds and accelerates to 127mph. By contrast, the most fuel efficient is the smallest diesel which returns a combined average of 67mpg. This impressive range of engines beautifully complements the 500's engaging and enjoyable handling. This nimble little city car can be enthusiastically thrown into corners and it emerges the other side controlled and dignified. This is partly due to the firm suspension which provides a solid comfortable ride, and helps this Italian run-around feel alert and responsive. So, there we go. A fantastic new car for less than £10,000. This, along with similar small models, can be a great way to own a new vehicle without being forced to sell your relatives into slavery.