posted 6 years ago

Fiat 500C Review

Fiat’s Bambino Is Still As Adorable

Ever since I’ve clapped eyes on the original Fiat 500, I have completely fallen for the quirky little car.  And now one sits in the garage from 1969, cute as a button with the large white steering wheel dominating the car that snugly fits driver and passengers and makes passers by smile and point.

So when Fiat launched the second generation Fiat 500 in 2007, would it become as popular as the first?

Fiat 500C Exterior

Well if looks are anything to go by, then yes.  We tested the 500C which is the convertible version and in CountrypolitanYellow colour it more than makes its mark out on the roads.  With white wheel covers and mirrors, body coloured bumpers, the black roof and little things that hark back to the original, such as the chrome on the boot lid handle and the ‘handlebar moustache’ on the front, it makes for a nice successor.  It is larger in size, so don’t be surprised by how spacious it feels.

Fiat 500C Interior

The carfits four adults, although rear passengers might feel a bit cramped.  The boot isn’t huge at 183 litres, but it can accommodate several small suitcases, rear seats can be folded for extra room and whats more it’s at the back of the car, unlike the original.

The electronic fabric roof is easy to operate, goes down in just 15 seconds and can be opened and closed up to speeds of 37mph.  Some might say it’s not really a true convertible as windows stay up and only the centre comes down, but with the roof down you still have the wind through your hair.  One slight annoyance is the buffeting when you don’t have the roof all the way down, which makes you put it up quite quickly to avoid the noise.

The interior design is quite quirky with the yellow appearing on the glossy plastics to make it vibrant, features such as the pool ball gearknob, chrome door handles and the mixture of material and cream leather on the seats.

A huge dial displays speed and revs and rather handily doesn’t sit in the centre of the car, unlike the MINI.  The car comes with a Radio/CD/MP3 player, but unfortunately has no link up for a smartphone or iPod.  Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, height adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, electrically adjustable door mirrors and front windows.

Fiat 500C Engine and Driving

You can’t go wrong with the award winning TwinAir.  The 0.9-litre engine produces 85bhp and has a top speed of 107mph.  In second gear the engine pulls up to speed very quickly and you can be speeding along easily.  Fifth gear is an overdrive and at times really struggled, only seems to work when cruising down motorways.  The Fiat 500 is at home zipping around town or on longer journeys and can get up to 95mph easily without you  realising.

Apart from sounding cool, the throaty sounding TwinAir engine is ideal if you’re looking to save on money with fuel consumption.  Benefitting from Start&Stop, with a combined 70.6 mpg it will limit the amount of times you need to fill up and emitting just 92g/km of CO2 means you are road tax exempt.

It’s a fun car to drive, steering is light so you can throw it into corners and with Dualdrive electric power steering, at the touch of a button it makes it even lighter if you’re parking it up around town, ideal for easier manoeuvrability.  The ride although firm can struggle on uneven surfaces so at times can be quite uncomfortable.

Fiat 500C Safety

The car comes equipped with seven airbags, which is more than any other car in its class.  Also as standard is ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution.

Fiat 500C Pricing

This Fiat 500C comes in at £14,560 but you can go for a hard top version costing from £10,010.  We love how Fiat have designed this 500, colours are wacky and they still have elements from the original car adding to the nostalgia.

Motoring.co.uk likes on the Fiat 500C:

Quirky design

Engine economy

Roof can be operated whilst driving along

Motoring.co.uk thumbs down on the Fiat 500C:

Noise from the roof when it’s halfway open

Convertible seems pricey