The popular Fiat 500 has recently undergone a light facelift bringing updated styling and improved engines. If you liked its style but need to travel longer distances, you can now get your hands on this dinky Italian city car with a 1.3-litre diesel – ideal for returning superb fuel economy and better motorway performance.
The 1.3-litre engine is the same found in various other Fiats, as well as the Vauxhall Corsa and produces 95hp. In the tiny 500, it results in fuel economy as high as 83mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 89g/km. Those figures mean the 500 is the most economical conventionally powered city car on sale in the UK.
In fact, the 500 and its Fiat Panda sibling are now the only diesel city cars available on sale (depending on your definition of a city car). It covers the 0-62mph sprint in 10.7 seconds and its improved fuel consumption means the 500 will prove a great companion on longer motorway jaunts.
Diesel models are priced from £14,165 in well-equipped Pop Star trim – pricier Lounge models get an infotainment system as standard. That’s not cheap, but buyers keen on the 500’s unique appeal are unlikely to be deterred, and diesel versions of the rivalling Mini are noticeably more expensive. The same engine is also available in the 500C convertible.
Its increased price means buyers should only consider the diesel unit if they cover very high mileages. The turbocharged 0.9-litre twin-cylinder petrol is more than £1,000 cheaper and will be better around town – the car’s natural habitat. Diesel buyers might have to own it for quite a few years before the fuel savings make up the purchase price.
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