The Fiat 500 - Rivervale Video Guide
The Fiat 500 is celebrating it's 60th birthday this year; With age this Fiat has become increasingly popular. This city car has a quirky retro look both inside and out, creating a fun personality and wide appeal to drivers who need a car about town.
Exterior Features of the Fiat 500
The body of the Fiat 500 has a unique shape which is now instantly recognisable on the road. There have been a few updates meaning the new models will all have LED daytime running lights, with redesigned front lights which have taken inspiration from the 0 in the 500 logo. The rear lights have also been updated with each cluster incorporating brake lights, tail lights and directional indicators.
Interior Features of the Fiat 500
On the inside the 500's iconic retro look has been combined with modern day technology. Drivers can opt to have a 7" TFT instrument cluster to check driving stats and display rear parking sensor information. Fiat Uconnect now comes with a 5" screen as standard allowing smartphone integration to stream music, connect to social media and optional TomTom navigation can be added.
The steering wheel controls allow you to scroll through playlists, answer your phone or control music volume, while USB and AUX-in ports make sure you can always stay connected.
Technology and Driver Aids
The driver aids available are dependent on trim level selected and may be added options only. There are basic driver aids on the Fiat 500, not the extensive range you would expect to find on a larger or more luxurious vehicle.
Speed Limiter helps you keep control of your speed, while Hill Hold makes sure you don't slip backwards on a hill start. Cruise Control is available to maintain your speed for you on longer journeys, while dusk and rain sensors ensure you can always see clearly. Despite the 500's small size rear parking sensors are available for those who like a little more reassurance when parking.
All engines for the Fiat 500 are Euro 6 compliant and come with stop/start as standard. Drivers can choose from the following petrol engines;
- 1.2 69HP
- 1.2 69HP Dualogic
- 1.2 69HP Eco
- 0.9 TwinAir 85HP
- 0.9 TwinAir 85HP Dualogic
- 0.9 TwinAir 105HP
There is also 1 diesel engine for those who prefer, the 1.3 multijet engine with 95HP. This engine has the highest mpg figure of 83.1 and C02 emissions of 89g/km which is just beaten as the lowest by the 0.9 TwinAir 85HP Dualogic engine which has C02 emissions of 88g/km.
The Fiat 500 is really meant as a town/city car so it's not likely to win any races, but the fastest engine is the 1.2 105HP Twin Air with 105HP with a top speed of 117mph and a 0-62mph time of 10 seconds.
Fiat 500 Trim Levels
There are 4 main trim levels to choose from, the entry level is Pop through to the sport S level. Features you would typically find at each level are shown in the table below.
Fiat 500 Trim Levels
|Pop||Pop Star (in addition to Pop features)||Lounge (in addition to Pop Star features)||S (in addition to Lounge features)|
|LED daytime running lights||Air conditioning||Fixed sunroof||15" satin graphite alloy wheels|
|14" steel wheel covers||Defrosting door mirrors||Uconnect with 5" touchscreen, DAB and Bluetooth||Specific front and rear bumper|
|Electrically adjustable door mirrors||15" alloy wheels||Specific design 15" alloy wheels||500s chrome exhaust|
|Chrome door handles||50/50 split folding rear seat with height adjustable head restraints||Rear parking sensors||Dark tinted rear windows|
|Height adjustable steering wheel||Fog lights||Leather sport steering wheel with audio controls|
|Uconnect with 5" touchscreen, radio||Height adjustable driver's seat||Uconnect 7" HD screen|
|Steering wheel mounted audio controls||Leather steering wheel with audio controls||7" TFT instrument cluster|
There are several features which can be added as optional extras, many of these customise the look of your Fiat with stripes, patterned roofs and can include features such as bi xenon headlights.
There are some special editions of the Fiat 500 around at the moment, if you would like something extra special.
The Fiat Mirror (top left) makes sure all the latest technology is all in one place with a Uconnect 7" HD touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the ability to control all this technology using voice commands.
The Fiat 500 Riva (top right) takes its inspiration from the Aquariver super yacht and features exclusive Sera Blue Mica paint, mahogany detailing inside as well as Ivory Frau Leather seats.
The Fiat 500 60th (bottom left) is inspired by the 60's and is only available as a convertible with an exclusive grey fabric roof. The dashboard oozes vintage style and as well as your Fiat you will also receive exclusive retro sunglasses designed by Italia Independent.
The Fiat 500 Anniversario (bottom right) is another nod to 60 years of the 500 which is available as either a hatchback or convertible. Styling cues focus on shades of the past with exclusive retro colours such as Riviera Green and Sicillian Orange as well as exclusive badging details.
The Fiat 500 price starts at £11,615 to buy and is a popular leasing choice here at Rivervale as prices can begin at as little as £100.95 per month for a personal lease.
Prices correct at the time of writing, please follow links in the text to view the most up to date price information.
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12 July 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy