Fiat 500 interior
The Fiat 500’s super stylish interior comes with plenty of cool personalisation features but entry-level models lack basic kit and its infotainment system is average.
The Fiat 500 has one of the most stylish interiors of any small city car. Compared with the likes of the high-street Kia Picanto’s cabin, the Fiat 500 looks like it’s on its way to Milan fashion week.
Sure, most of the plastics feel pretty hard and scratchy, but all the important stuff you touch regularly – including the steering wheel, gear knob and door armrests – are made from faux leather, soft plastic or glossy piano-like trim.
There’s plenty of scope to personalise your Fiat 500’s cabin, too. You can get the dashboard trim painted in a wide range of colours and the seats and steering wheel come with their own range of hues depending on which model you pick.
All but entry-level cars get some chrome door handles and mid-range cars and above get treated to a real leather steering wheel. It’s a shame that no Fiat 500 comes with a touchscreen infotainment system larger than 7 inches in size, but at least it’s integrated neatly into the dashboard rather than just plonked on top like in some alternatives.
Launch Edition hybrid models even come with seats trimmed using recycled plastic bottles that have been removed from the world’s oceans. David Attenborough would be proud…
If you’re looking for a city car that’s small on size but big on style, the Fiat 500 is one of the best around. Nothing else matches it for cheeky retro charm – inside or out.
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Entry-level Fiat 500s come with a basic stereo that feels like it belongs in a car made in 2000. Go for a Lounge model or above and you get a 7-inch touchscreen unit that’s bright, clear and easy to read.
It isn’t the most responsive unit around, but you won’t have any trouble setting the radio station. The small on-screen keyboard makes programming the standard sat-nav in Star and Rockstar is a bit fiddly, but besides entry-level Pop models, every Fiat 500 comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring so you can use your phone’s navigation and music streaming apps instead.
The screen itself gets a relatively matte finish so you don’t get too much unpleasant glare in direct sunlight, but some of the smaller menu icons can be a bit tricky to press – even when mirroring your smartphone’s screen.
Pick a Star or Rockstar model and you get a second 7-inch digital display instead of the standard Fiat 500’s large central rev-counter and speedometer. This sits within a round shroud so it’s easy to read on sunny days and all the information is displayed sensibly using large, clear fonts. You can’t display screens mirrored from your phone on this display, but you can cycle through various readouts using buttons on the steering wheel.
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