Fiat 500, earlier known as Nuova, is a 2 door compact hatchback that was launched in 1957 by the elite Italian automakers Fiat. In 2007, the car celebrated its 50th anniversary and came up with a completely renovated Fiat 500 with elongated bonnet and more weight. Over the years, the car has garnered an overwhelming response worldwide, much credits for which goes to its decent power and performance, exceptional mileage, low running costs and an economical price tag. Fiat 500 is believed to be the smallest car which has the world record of longest distance in a single trip.
Fiat 500 is powered by a 1.4 litre 16 valve petrol engine which can deliver a maximum power of 100 bhp at 6000 rpm alongwith a peak torque of 131 Nm at 4350 rpm. The Multiair engine works in combination with the advanced dual logic transmission to deliver a blend of high power and superior fuel economy. The car can give a mileage of 18.7 kmpl which is quite laudable. It is a cliché that mini cars aren't that fast and surprisingly Fiat 500 has been successful in casting away this myth. The car can attain 0-100 km/hr mark in mere 10.5 seconds and can clock a top speed of 182 km/hr which is appreciable given that Fiat 500 is a mini car.
The exterior body has been given quite a plain and unpretentious design. Fiat 500 is available in a trendy range of colors, fashionable decals and decorative stickers that allows the customers to personalize the car as per their preference. The car boasts the adorable curvaceous lines and circular headlamps that gives the car a stylish appearance. The futuristic front in harmony with the dynamic side profile gives the car an air of elegance. It comes equipped with 16-inch dark finish alloy wheels with tyres of dimensions 195/45 R16. Fiat 500 is regarded as a mini car which is quite evident in its dimensions which measure 3546mm x 1488mm x 1627mm with wheelbase measuring an appreciable 2300 mm.
Fiat 500 has elegant interiors. The high quality ergonomics is accentuated by the lightweight body hugging seats that have been stitched with the company logo and are available in different colors. All the controls inside the car have been positioned ergonomically which gives you a swift and intuitive access to all the features. The car has been equipped with plenty of high quality infotainment and audio features, the most notable of them being the 7-inch TFT display which monitors fuel consumption and also provides navigation controls. The audio system of the car consists of 6 powerful speakers with audio controls being mounted on the leather wrapped steering wheel. The boot space provided in the car measures 185 litres which can be further increased to 550 litres with the 60/40 split system.
Fiat 500 is possibly one of the most easy to handle mini hatchbacks that you will ever drive. Kudos to the front suspension which has been deployed independent wheels with McPherson layout and the rear suspension which uses interconnected wheels with torsion beam layout. Self ventilating disc brakes embedded in the front and disc brakes at rear are more than enough to offer you a superior control over the vehicle. The Italian automakers have kept in mind, maximum safety of the passengers and have embedded the car with copious safety features. 2 front airbags, 2 side airbags and 1 kneebag has been provided which ensure maximum safety of passengers. The other salient safety features include Electronic Stability Control(ESC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution(EBD) and seat-belts incorporated with ISOFIX attachment which are more than.
Fiat 500 offers you decent power and performance with advanced safety and infotainment features. However, due to its size constraint, you might desire some more space inside the cabin.