The Fiat 500 has been the epitome of style and affordability since the original was launched in 1957. Over 18 years, the 479cc city car sold 3,893,294 units before production was ceased in 1975.?
In 2007, on the 50th anniversary of the original model’s launch, Fiat introduced the all-new 500, which, while remaining true to its predecessor’s style, was redesigned to fit 21st century driver’s needs.
Want a Fiat 500 but stuck for choice on which spec grade to go for? Fear not, here at Motors.co.uk we have picked out three different trims, taking three different price points into account.
The smart choice for saving money – Fiat 500 Pop
The £11,050 Fiat 500 Pop is the cheap, cheerful 500 that features everything the daily driver could wish for.
Its casual style belies the extensive list of standard spec, which promises to make both short and long distance drives a breeze.
LED daytime running lights, 14-inch steel wheel covers and chrome-plated exterior door handles give the model its distinctive 500 look.
On the inside, comfort and entertainment features include a height-adjustable steering wheel which boasts audio controls for the USB and Aux-in radio.
Electrically adjustable door mirrors and electric front windows complete the line-up.
The 1.2 litre petrol engine puts out 69hp, which allows the 500 Pop to accelerate to 62mph in 12.9 seconds and top out at 99mph, all the while returning a combined mpg of 60.1.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Fiat 500 Pop Star
Costing only £975 more than the Pop, the intermediary option of the 500 is designed to turn heads.
On top of the standard features in the above model, it features air conditioning, electrically adjustable door mirrors with defrosting and external temperature sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels and a 50/50 split folding rear seat with adjustable head rests.
New exterior colour options are available on the Pop star, while contrasting painted door mirrors make it stand out.
?With the 1.2 litre 69hp Eco engine, it is far more frugal than the Pop – perfect for those on a budget.
A combined mpg of 65.6 is achievable, while CO2 emissions are a minimal 99g/km. Peformance isn’t forfeited with the Eco engine, however, as the model shares the same performance figures as the standard 69hp powertrain.
The smart choice for technopiles – Fiat 500 Lounge
With a smaller engine than both of its companions, you would be forgiven for thinking that this model would be underpowered and a drag to drive.
However, thanks to Fiat’s impressive Twinair technology, the 0.9 litre petrol powertrain puts out an impressive 105hp, which allows it to accelerate to 62mph from a standstill in just 10 seconds – that’s 2.9 seconds faster than both the 1.2 litre and the 1.2 litre eco. Its top speed is also a whopping 18mph more than both of the above.
The Lounge grade is the range-topping option, and as such, it comes with a host of comfort and drive enhancing specs.
A leather steering wheel boasts audio controls for the five-inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in that is located on the dash.
Meanwhile the rear parking sensors, seven airbags and height-adjustable driver’s seat mean that neither comfort nor safety is forfeited in the stylish supermini.
Last but not least, a chrome addition kit gives the £14,580 Lounge a trendy, modern twist.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
June 24, 2016