2010 Fiat 500 | new car review

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 by

The 500 is the modern avatar of the classic 500, which was built by the Italian carmaker from 1957 to 1975.

Though the new Fiat 500 was launched internationally in 2007 it was introduced in the Middle East market only in 2010. The car joins other retro styled models already present in the market like the Volkswagen Beetle and MINI Cooper.

The 500 range also includes the 500C soft-top cabriolet and an Abarth performance version, both of which go on sale in the Middle East in 2010.

In a short period the new Fiat 500 has gained immense popularity and a lot of appreciation from the automotive media. Within three weeks of the 500’s launch, the entire year’s production of 58,000 was sold out.

Available in three trims styles; Pop, Lounge and Sport, the 500 sports a 1.4-litre, 99bhp engine to lend the little car peppy performance and offer good fuel economy too. The engine is mated to a Duologic gearbox, which allows for full automatic driving or clutch less manual gearshifts. The Abarth version boasts of a more potent turbocharged version of the 1.4-litre engine with 133bhp on tap and paired with a five-speed manual gearbox.

It also features a lowered suspension, revised sport steering, larger 16-inch alloy wheels as well as sporty kit on the inside such as a turbo pressure gauge, gear shift Indicator and aluminium foot pedals.

The 500’s compact interior continues the retro theme with a classic dash with the instrument displays housed in clever concentric circles. Fiat has got it spot on with the quality of the 500’s interior, which seems on par with cars twice its price. Owing to the small size and the sloping roof the backseat however is very compact and will be a tight squeeze for adults.

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