The Fiat 500 is a small retro-style city car that rivals the Mini Hatchback, the Vauxhall Adam and VW Up.
The interior has been brought up to date with the addition of a new infotainment system, but the criticisms about the interiors poor build quality and materials remain, even if it does have a stylish design.
The way the new Fiat 500 drives is exactly the same as the previous model – light steering makes for easy urban manoeuvring and soft suspension irons out city potholes.
The engines are the same as the ones offered for the previous model, but have been tweaked to lower CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.
Standard equipment on the basic Pop includes remote central locking, electrically adjustable door mirrors and seven airbags, although strangely only the convertible model gets air conditioning.
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The new Fiat 500 is not a complete makeover of the old model, but a subtle update that brings it up to speed with more technologically advanced rivals. The new 500 is a stylish, comfortable and cheap to run supermini that has subtle nostalgia-inspiring touches and if you look past the poor build quality and noisy engine it is a pretty good buy.
To see what the car could have been without the limitations of nostalgia one only needs to glance sideways in the FIAT range to the Panda, which has the same underpinnings but a more contemporary body – and is all the better for it. But for just you and a significant other, the 500 is one of the coolest, cheapest cars on sale today.