Fiat 500 Review

Last Updated: 21st Oct 2016
Fiat 500 Review

7th April 2015

With private car leasing becoming ever more popular, now is a great time to find your perfect car. A popular car to consider leasing is the Fiat 500. This is a fantastic car if you’re looking for something stylish that isn’t too expensive. It’s an alternative to some of its rivals, the Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen beetle, and is an ideal car leasing option for people who want a fashionable car that runs well in an urban environment.

The Fiat 500 is a very good looking car with a desirable retro style. The interior plastics and fabrics also match the retro look of the car, making it very fashionable. Even TopGear agree that the ‘500 looks wonderful where so many cars in this segment are drab’. The great news about the 500 is that there are so many personalisation options across the range, you can really make your car your own. You can add alloy wheels, stickers and extra chrome trim. They also come in a variety of colours. There are interior customisation options too, which include different coloured seats, a leather multifunction steering wheel and climate control. These options are reasonably priced, so you won’t have to break the bank creating your perfect car.

Inside the 500, the visibility is good, and the controls are very simple to use. There is a decent amount of space in the front, and the backseat is pretty good too, with enough room for a couple of adults on shorter journeys. The only complaint is that the seat and wheel could have a few more adjustment settings, and the boot could be of a bigger size. However the Pop model of the 500 comes with split-folding rear seats if you want more room.

The entry-level Pop model of the 500 comes with remote locking, CD/MP3 stereo, and electrically adjustable door mirrors. However if you want more tech, you can upgrade for an extra cost and some get useful gear. This could include air-con, alloys, Bluetooth, split folding seats and a fixed glass roof depending on which trim you opt to get.

In regards to performance, the entry-level 1.1 litre petrol isn’t incredibly fast, but will perform well enough for most buyers. However if you’re looking for higher quality performance and are planning on doing more miles, then a better option for you would be the turbo-charged 1.4 petrol or 1.3 diesel option.

The 500 performs best when making its way through the city on twisty roads and navigating small spaces, so it’s really the perfect city car. Its small dimensions and light steering make it great for parking in difficult spots too. It may not do as well on longer drives, but it still gives drivers a fun and zippy drive. WhatCar also describes it as being ‘one of the safest superminis around’.

Overall the Fiat 500 is a fantastic car with quirky looks and a flexible engine. Although the boot space could be a little bigger, the rest of the cabin is surprisingly roomy. Easy to drive, with cute looks and great value for money, the 500 is a great car leasing option.

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