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Fiat 500 Hatchback 2008‑2014(52 reviews)
Will make you smile driving it!
JenM | 16th August '17
I absolutely love driving my little 500 Sport, it makes me smile when I drive it (last time I felt like that was when I owned the old type mini .... cornered like it was on rails) the only one downside, it's a bumpy ride (and I've had new shock absorbers fitted) if you can forgive it for this though (and who can't with that cheeky little face) then you'll be a happy bunny. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a nippy city car, although, I have drove all the way to Cornwall, around Cornwall and back again to Cheshire in it! (It was perfect for driving round those twisty Cornish lanes). A classic retro car with a modern twist. I don't think you can get a better looking car inside the cabin, most cars are just grey plastic ... boring, and let's face it, you spend most of your time looking at the inside so why not have something with a bit of class (full black leather interior looks the business). 9/10 for me .... only losing 1 mark for the bumpy ride.
Buy new and get rid off after 3 years, or proceed with caution
ScepticalItalian | 31st July '17
A great LITTLE car, as long as you're not looking for an estate car you'll be surprised how much you can get in such a small car, 2 adults fit in the back comfortably, although the boot is not very big.
Ours was fine reliability wise for the first 4 years... but then in the next 12 months the exhaust started blowing, the kids pulled one of the door handles half off (common fault I believe) the rear wiper went nuts on startup and the boot release switch on the boot stopped working (problem with the wiring where it enters the boot door I believe).
That said they have so much character and they are so cheap to run and fun to drive (as long as speed or handling is not required, they are like a very stylish, slow go kart) that you can forgive them a few foibles.
Buy new and get rid off after 3 years, or buy a 4+ year old example with caution!
Lovely car, awful mechanical problems! Stay away from the diesel
Rai | 24th July '17
This Diesel is a terrible car & i'd urge anyone thinking of getting one not to. I've had no end of problems from this car & as i was told by mechanic these cars are terrible & have so many problems with the particulate filter. I have heard the petrol ones are ok but I wouldn't touch a diesel if I was you. I love the actual car & driving it is a dream. But the mechanical problems are just not worth it. By the way white smoke with this car means particulate filter needs cleaning & could be faulty. I called so many people to ask about this & no mechanic told me that. I found out after I bought that its a bad sign
Get the 0.9 twin air if you want the powerful model
audiA82008 | 14th May '17
Had the car for a few months as a second car (Audi a8 first car). The 0.9 twin air turbo automatic is really powerful comparing with the 1.2 standard engine. So would highly recommend getting the twin air. Fuel consumption is 45 mpg to 50 mpg combined and maybe on the Eco drive function and start stop function ON ,you might get 55 to 60 mpg combined. The Eco drive function is really great in town driving. On fuel in my opinion is not what is claimed by Fiat but for a petrol turbo engine it still is great comparing with other cars out there such as Polo , fiesta etc...plus has a great design 0 road tax and very low insurance group. All in all is a great car to own , was reluctant in buying a fiat but for my surprise they are really good and reliable and never had a problem with the car.
Competent car but lacks performance and excitment in the real world
funder | 13th June '16
Overall a nice looking and compact little car with lively handling and well specced in Lounge trim - however, the car does feel underpowered at times and you rarely get above 30 mpg if you are forced to keep up with traffic and the build quality is starting to diminish slightly after several years of ownership - there are now too many of these cars on the road for my liking but this is testament to Fiat's brilliant sales panache and marking prowess. I would not consider another one personally but would recommend to younger drivers as the running costs and depreciation are relatively inexpensive for this type of car and you can get 50mpg if frugal.
All in all a competent car but can do with more power for the same money and better build quality to compete with the best in this market sector.
Fun around town
Tweeti | 22nd April '16
Our 500 is great fun around town. Gear change is particularly nice and it feels easy to throw around. It isn't so marvellous on the motorway, particularly at 70mph, but is fine for occasional motorway use.
Practicality is average for this sort of car; space in the back is limited, as you would expect, and the boot isn't the most practical in the world. For the expectations of this car though, it's largely fine.
It's cheap to run - seems to hardly cost anything to fill up the tank. You do have do 'drive economically' to get the most out of its fuel economy, but 50mpg is quite easily achievable with this in mind. FIAT also offer some worthwhile servicing packages, even later in the car's life.
It's been very reliable considering ours is now over 7 years old, with a broken door handle being the only real problem we've faced with it, which seems to be a common fault on the 500. The Blue&Me functionality in older cars also isn't great, with compatibility issues with Apple devices. Later models have rectified this though, I think.
Overall, great fun - holds onto its value, fun around town, always looks great and cheap to run.
Super little car!
CPBAIRN76 | 19th October '15
This is a terrific little car and suits my needs perfectly. I don't need the car for a commute so it's only really for recreation and the odd chore here and there. It's a small city car so there's not masses of room for storage. However the boot can very easily hold 3 large bags of shopping and maybe a bit more. I've owned the car for 8 months and so far have had no issues, other than a general recall for the dashboard wiring that took just an hour to fix and was under warranty. Running costs on the TwinAir are superb - no road tax and I'm getting 50 miles to the gallon just nipping about on mostly very short journeys. The tank is only 35 litres but I've managed almost 400 miles on a full tank. The engine is perhaps a little noisy as it is a TwinAir, but I like the growly sound! It's subjective though, some people might find it annoying. At 0-60 in 10.9 seconds it isn't fast but it certainly isn't sluggish either. Give it a bit of revs and it is more than willing to respond. Even although it's a city car it is very comfortable cruising on the motorway. Cabin noise at motorway speed is moderate, present but not overly distracting. The car handles very smoothly and is ideal for nipping in and out of traffic thanks to it's small dimensions and light steering. Over and above all this though is the fact that as well as driving a car you are driving a style icon! For me it's just a lovely old fashioned looking bit of kit, the best looking city car money can buy. Mine is white but I think the grey, red and black ones look amazing. Interior is simple and clean, in keeping with the retro feel. Overall I would recommend this car to anyone thinking of buying one who is looking for a combination of economy and style.
Don't buy Red 500 as 'White Primer' used under Red paint!!
Oz15MJ | 13th August '15
I love my Fiat 500 it was my Dream car that I never actually thought I would get to own!!! I ordered my car in the summer of 2012, I was told it would arrive by the 30th October but it arrived by the 25th September 2012!! I chose the colour 'Red' paid extra for the 'Red' paint but I didn't mind it was my Dream car, I used to scream every time I saw a Fiat 500, I screamed louder if it was in Red!!! That was before I owned one, don't get me wrong I still love my 'Red' Fiat 500, but now when I see one in a car #### # have to go and look at the paint work to check if they have 'White' paint showing underneath the stone chippings, like I do!! I have even spoken to Fiat Customer Services they said its 'White Primer' showing through and not as I thought my car had been a White car and they just painted it Red!! Fiat don't seem to care that a 'White primer' has been used under 'Red' paint and it breaks my heart every time I see my Lovely Red Fiat 500 with 'White' showing through the paint chippings, it totally spoils the look of the car!! Fiat said its because of the high mileage my car has done, it's 3 years old next month and done under 29,000 miles!!! So if you want to do any mileage best pick a 'White' Fiat 500 then your heart won't break when you look at your lovely Fiat 500!! I still love everything about my Red' Fiat 500' apart from the 'White Paint Chippings, hopefully Fiat will see sense and sort a better colour for their Primer, other Car makers must do as I have had Red cars before in other makes and not noticed this problem!! I haven't as yet noticed another 'Red' Fiat 500 looking the same as mine!! I would be interested to hear if anyone else does have this problem too!!
Jenna1990 | 12th March '15
I bought my 11 plate fiat 500 in 2012- I loved it mainly due to it's aesthetics. However if I knew the difficulties I would have with it I would have steered clear of this car.
Within 9 months of purchasing the car, the driver door handle came off and the air conditioning unit was leaking. Luckily the car was under warrenty at this time so the cost of the repair was covered.
Currently my car is in the garage in Milton Keynes and the bill is totalling well over three thousand pounds. Initially my car was failing the MOT as the rear lights were not working. After some investigation they found two of the wires had completely split (were the wires run through the boot). Considering I mainly use my car to and from work I can only put this down to poor design and quality. It was then discovered that there was an issue with the wiring with the front lights and as a result the wiring needs to be completely repaired at the front. They then discovered there was an issue with the gear box (forgive me as I am not sure of the exact technicalities) and a completely new gear box needs to be fitted.
The garage have been supportive and have been liaising with Fiat Headquarters however I cannot say the same for Fiat themselves. Fiat have offered to pay 50% of the gear box as a 'good will gesture' and they have highlighted that this is generous. Although this will help pay for the total bill, I am still in shock and disbelieve that an 11 plate car which has been well maintained and looked after is having so many issues (expensive ones at that). I can safely say I do not feel looked after by Fiat and this will be the last Fiat I purchase.
Fiat bravo excellent car
Kenpmurphy | 22nd February '15
What a great car, everything I wanted, Bluetooth, MP3 player, cd, all the gadgets and airbags everwhere, isofix child seat fixings, plenty of room, a very nippy and cheap to run car, looks good too
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