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Fiat 500 Hatchback 2008‑2014

4.5 (52 reviews)
52 reviews for Fiat 500 Hatchback 2008‑2014
Fiat 500 hatchback

The Auto Trader verdict:

3.5/5
The cute, retro-inspired looks of the Fiat 500 give it an appeal few other city cars can match.


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Get the 0.9 twin air if you want the powerful model

Fiat 500

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.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Competent car but lacks performance and excitment in the real world

Fiat 500

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.

3.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

4.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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Fun around town

Fiat 500

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.

4/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

4.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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Super little car!

Fiat 500

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.

4/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

4.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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Don't buy Red 500 as 'White Primer' used under Red paint!!

Fiat 500

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!!

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Poor Quality

Fiat 500

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.

2.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

1.0/5

Running cost

3.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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Fiat bravo excellent car

Fiat 500

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

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Good looking car but very sluggish

Fiat 500

Fiat500Lounge | 4th December '14

This Fiat 500 is a lovely little stylish car but is extremely slow. It struggles to get up the smallest of hills and there is definitely a problem with the 1.2 petrol engine. Apart from that it's all pretty good. Fairly reliable, although the boot lid lost its sensitivity 5 months after purchase. It rides well, it's fun to drive, handles well, and it has nice light steering with the City button to make it even lighter, which is a nice touch. The boot is an okay size although it can never be classed as big. But it's still big enough for me anyway! There is a small amount of space in the back which can't even compare to my last car, the Hyundai i10, but the rear seats have been used 3-4 times in the last six months so it doesn't matter to me. The MPG around town, which is where I do all my driving, is okay but with a sensible driving style, I expect to get a bit more than just over 30MPG. To be honest, it isn't as good as my Hyundai but it isnt a bad car at all. It could just do with more power and rear seat space.

4/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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Fiat 500, king of city cars!

Fiat 500

LauraCroft | 25th June '14

I honestly cant get over how much I've fallen in love with the Fiat 500, its a perfectly compact sized car built for the urban streets.

The steering makes handling and parking a breeze, the mileage (even on my older 2008 model) is still going strong at 50mpg, I have had not a single problem with brakes, exhaust, belt, sparks, nothing. all MOT's and services have come back positive in its 6 years of driving.

The only negative I suppose, is that the #### ##### are a little cramped, but then again, everyone who buys the 500 must have known that by looking at the car? Its built to be small! Its not built to be a big family car.

Will always recommend the Fiat 500!

4.8/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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More security

Fiat 500

Snowy12 | 3rd June '14

Lovely little car but please beware this car was stolen along with many other Fiat 500. And I feel the reason they get stolen is the car is lacking on security. So if you are thinking of purchasing one the have a alarm fitted or a steering wheel lock. Anything to stop the thieves from taken these cars.

4.5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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