It could be said that the excellent 500 supermini really turned Fiat’s fortunes around. This Italian brand now offers a good selection of characterful and capable cars aimed primarily at the style-conscious motorist including MPVs, convertibles and a crossover.
Developing new engine technology, such as the ‘TwinAir’ system, has allowed Fiat to jump ahead of some rivals in terms of efficiency and fuel economy.
The 124 badge has recently returned to the Fiat line-up, thanks to a partnership with Mazda, bolstering the range with a rear-wheel drive convertible sports car.
Fiat also caters for those who look more for substance than style with the brilliant Panda, a compact city car with boxy looks and a practical interior – there’s even a four-wheel drive version that’s surprisingly capable off-road.