2017 Fiat 500 review

Introduction

Almost a decade old now, the Fiat 500 just keeps getting better and better, and the update introduced in 2016 has really injected new life into the range. You couldn’t get more retro than the 500, and it’s hardly the most practical car around, but it's bouncy and engaging to drive, looks utterly gorgeous and it’s probably Fiat’s best-built car ever. Hard to resist, really.

 

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Did you know? The original Fiat 500, launched in 1957, was powered by an engine in the rear of the car. We saw 'power', but it only had 13bhp…

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

If ever there was proof that evolution, not revolution is the way to go then the Fiat 500 is it. Its structure and engine line-up has barely changed since it was first introduced in 2008 yet the constant stream of small and detail updates and improvements have kept it feeling fresh. Yes, it’s tiny in the back and has a small boot and the driving position is bolt upright, but you just can’t help smiling when you drive one and that has to be a good thing.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ (5/10)

Specs & Trims

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Ec...