Fiat 500C Review
Fiat 500C, the convertible variant of the famous mini car Fiat 500, is a 2 door compact convertible car that was launched in 2009 by the elite Italian automaker Fiat at the Geneva motor show. Fiat 500C garnered tremendous public attention and much credit for this goes to its sleek body design, decent power and performance, better mileage, low running costs and an economical price tag. The car has the same dimensions as that of the base Fiat 500 and comes with the advanced Start&Stop Technology which results in an improved fuel economy.
Engine, mileage & Variants
Fiat 500C is powered by a 1.4-litre Multiair petrol engine which can churn out a maximum power of 100 bhp at 6000 rpm alongwith a peak torque of 131 Nm at 4350 rpm. The Multiair technology deployed in the car harmonizes with dual logic transmission to deliver a blend of high power and superior fuel economy. The advanced Start&Stop Technology deployed in the car automatically shuts off the engine during brief stops and restarts in mini seconds which results in an excellent fuel economy. The car can give a mileage of 12.82 kmpl which is decent. The car is far from being called a fast car but still it doesn't disappoint when it comes to acceleration. The car can attain 0-100 km/hr mark in mere 9.7 seconds and can clock a top speed of 177 km/hr which is appreciable given that Fiat 500C is a mini car.
The Italian automakers have designed the exterior body very elegantly. You can choose from a wide range of metallic and non metallic colors for the exterior body. The elegant convertible roof of the car that is operable at speeds upto 100km/hr gives a rather adorable look. The distinguished chrome accents and the signature badgings are the cynosure of attraction. Just above the horizontal chrome grilles lies the company insignia on the bumper which adds to the elegance. Fiat 500S comes employed with 16 inch dark finish alloy wheels with tyres of dimensions 195/45 R16. The car comes in mini vehicles category which is quite evident in its dimensions that measure 3546mm x 1488mm x 1627mm and the wheelbase provided measures 2300 mm which is appreciable.
Just like the interiors have been very suavely designed. The seats have been fabricated from a high grade soft leather. Every inch inside the car has been very cleverly utilized and the elegantly crafted dashboard has been embedded with copious of controls which are well within the driver's reach. The powerful AC has been incorporated with the automatic climate control feature that enhances the thermal comfort. The car has been embedded with several infotainment features, the most notable of them being the advanced Blue&Me system that offers you USB and bluetooth connectivity and provides a hands free system which enables you to control all the features by voice commands. The boot space provided in the car is appreciable and measures 185 litres which can be further increased to 550 litres with the 50/50 split arrangement.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
When one talks about a mini car, you don't expect it to offer an effortless drive. Fiat 500C might be considered as one of the exceptions. The front suspensions have been deployed with independent wheels and McPherson layout while the rear suspension uses interconnected wheels with torsion beam layout which offers a masterclass control over the car. The car has been embedded with Anti Lock Breaking System which keeps the car under control even on the roughest terrains. The Italian automakers have kept in mind the maximum safety of the passengers and have embedded the car with copious of safety features. 2 front airbags, 2 side airbags and 1 kneebag has been provided which ensures maximum safety of the passengers. The other salient safety features include Electronic Stability Control(ESC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution(EBD) and seatbelts incorporated with ISOFIX attachment.
The retro Fiat 500C is economical to run, decent to drive and full of character. It is a super mini car which comes with a spacious cabin equipped with plenty of comfort features. However the rear visibility is disappointing.