There are few cars more suited to threading through tight city streets than the Fiat 500. Its small stature and range of nippy engines mean it’s in its element around town, while the stylish looks are charming enough to turn heads wherever you go.
While the modern 500 can’t match the minuscule dimensions of the original, measuring barely 3.5 metres long – over 40cm shorter than a Ford Fiesta – it remains one of the smallest cars on the road. Whether you intend to park your car in a garage or on the street, it’s unlikely you’ll struggle to squeeze it in any space.
The small dimensions and curvy shape inevitably result in a compromise, and it’s most apparent for rear seat passengers. The sloping roofline means headroom is a little tight in the back but, although the 500 doesn’t have room for a fifth occupant, it’s still surprisingly roomy for the class. The cabin prioritises style over practicality and, as a result, the door bins are pretty measly and cubby holes are scarce.
While Fiat has tried what it could to keep passenger space as generous as possible, it’s come at the expense of boot space. Though the 185-litre boot is decent enough to swallow a few bags of groceries, it’s much smaller than the 251 litres on offer in the Volkswagen Up/Skoda Citigo/SEAT Mii trio. The opening is quite small, too, so loading heavier items can be a bit of a pain.
|Seats up||185 litres|
|Seats down||550 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
Thanks to a tight turning circle of only 9.3 metres, the 500 is very manoeuvrable in town. The inclusion of a “City Steering” function – which makes the steering even lighter – results in a small car that’s very easy to park.
A 35-litre fuel tank is pretty standard for the city car class. Assuming you can match the claimed 74.3mpg of the TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol model, a range of 572 miles is possible.
|Turning circle||9.3 metres|
|Fuel tank||35 litres|
As you’d expect from such a small car, the 500 doesn’t weigh very much. A low weight helps to improve performance and agility while keeping fuel consumption down. Weight difference between the two petrol units is fairly minimal, while cabriolet variants weigh 40kg more than the equivalent hatchback version.
|865kg (1.2 hatcback)||980kg (TwinAir cabriolet)|
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