Silverstone Fleet Management

FIAT 500 HATCHBACK

1.0 Mild Hybrid Sport [Nav] 3dr

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Review

With June Neary

Introduction

Fiat's 500 is the citycar of the moment. June Neary looks at the revised version

Will It Suit Me?

I'm pleased to say that I don't remember the original Fiat 500. It was half a century ago that car was launched after all. So I can't tell you whether the latest Fiat 500, now recently updated, is a true retro tribute to the original. Sorry. But of course, like me, you don't care. All that matters is that it's cute, it's nippy and it's the latest thing to be seen in. A MINI? That's so yesterday...

Practicalities

I was a bit disappointed to learn that for all its Italian heritage, this car is in fact built in Poland. Oh well, better news comes in the realisation that it has a reputation as an entertaining steer. At 1.65m wide, 1.49m high and 3.55m long, the 500 doesn't take up a great deal of space. For reference, a MINI is much wider, a little lower and a fair bit longer. Even little runabouts like Hyundai's i10 or Volkswagen's up! won't fit into some parking spaces the 500 will be able to squeeze into. My local Lidl supermarket has a ridiculously tight underground carpark, so I can testify to the benefits of this. I tried the revised mild hybrid version but to me, it looks no different. As before, delicious design details drip from this design. It's like a tiny pearl, especially when the ivory finish interior fitted to my test car is specified. There's a very well-judged blend of retro chic and ruthlessly modern contemporary design inside, with circular head restraints, a glass roof and iconic 500 badging on the Panda-sourced dashboard. Chrome-ringed vents and a fascia that can be specified in the same colour as the body are just some of the interior design features. The exterior treatment is cool and clean too. The neighbours had a good old stare.

Behind the Wheel

Fiat knows how to make great little engines for great little cars. But I did wonder what the petrol mild hybrid version might be like. Fiat claims that it's one of the world's cleanest and greenest four-seater petrol-powered production cars. My expectations weren't high. Something driven by battery packs perhaps? Or perhaps so feebly powered that it would struggle to show a bike courier a clean pair of tailpipes. I was wrong. The latest 1.0-litre engine has decent pulling power and works via a 6-speed manual gearbox integrated with a 12-volt 'BSG' 'Belt-integrated Starter Generator', allowing for a quiet, vibration-free restart of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode. The new system also involves lowering the entire power unit 45mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower centre of gravity. In preference to a 500, you could save a few thousand and buy the more practical Fiat Panda with the same mild hybrid tech. But then, you only live once and how often are you going to need five doors in a citycar anyway? If it helps you to justify things, Fiat claims that body rigidity is around 10 per cent better than the Panda's, so in theory, the 500 should be slightly more crash-proof.

Value For Money

As before, there's a choice of fixed-top and convertible 500 models. The open-topped 500C variants require a premium of around £2,500 over their standard counterparts. If you're happy with tin-top 500 motoring, then you'll find pricing that's a fraction higher than before, yet which still starts just shy of £12,600 for the baseline Pop version. Is that good value? Well, trendier town tots nearly all cost more. You'll need to find at least £2,000 more on top of Fiat 500 prices to buy an equivalent MINI. Fiat's Panda is one of the cheapest cars to own, so the '500' will prove little different. Expect well over 50mpg (53.3mpg [WLTP]) in regular use and an NEDC-rated CO2 emissions figure of 88g/km (down from 114g/km before). If you decide to go for the open-topped 500C variant with this engine, you'll see no penalty for either economy or emissions. Depreciation won't be anything like at MINI levels but will be much better than you'd expect on a Panda. Which is good news since insurance costs shouldn't be much more expensive.

Could I Live With One?

I much prefer this approach to retro design to the kind of thing BMW have delivered us with the MINI. It seems more real somehow - and infinitely more exciting. The fact that it's more affordable too is just the icing on the cake. Right now, this remains one of the most fashionable things you can be seen in up and down the high street. How long it will remain that way is, of course, quite another question...

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions116.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed104mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" HD Touchscreen Radio with 3D Navigation, Bluetooth, USB, and DAB
  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Cruise control
  • Dusk and rain sensors
  • External temperature gauge
  • Power assist steering
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Speed limiter
  • Stop/start system
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Rear speakers

Exterior Features

  • Body colour sports bumpers
  • Chrome plated exterior door handles
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric front windows
  • Electrically adjustable satin graphite door mirrors with defrosting /external temperature sensor
  • Front fog lights
  • Heat insulated glass
  • Heated rear windows with wash wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sport badge on front fender

Interior Features

  • 1 passenger grab handle
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats with height adjustable rear headrests
  • Auto climate control
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Chrome entry kick plates
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Front headrests
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Techno leather steering wheel with audio controls

Packs

  • Sports Pack - 500

Safety

  • 7 airbags - Driver, passenger, side, window and drivers knee airbags
  • ABS/EBD
  • ESC + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Automatic door locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • Titanio dashboard with red logo

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    88
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    116
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    116

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    SOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Compression Ratio
    12.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    70
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    86.5
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    6
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    4.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    57.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    70
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Sport (Nav)
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    9D
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    66
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    49
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    3
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    53
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    27
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    13.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    70
  • Engine Power - KW
    51
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    66
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    9.2
  • Engine Torque - NM
    90
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3250
  • Top Speed
    104

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/45 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/45 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1488
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3571
  • Wheelbase
    2300
  • Width
    1627
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1893

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    185
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    400
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    9.3
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"a week ago"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"3 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

Jen Lamplough

"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

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Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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