Fiat 500 (2008) Review
Fiat 500 (2008) At A Glance
Funky looks and desirable image. Faithful to original. Easy to drive in town. Suspension improved from 2010.
Not as good to drive or as practical as a Volkswagen Up or Hyundai i10. Increasing number of reported reliability problems.
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Insurance Groups are between 5–19
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
A huge success for Fiat, the 500 is certainly cute, plus it’s available with a huge range of customisation options, right down to coloured keyfobs. Unfortunately, it’s not the most practical small car, with a cramped cabin and a small boot but, if you’ve fallen for the cute looks, you’ll forgive a few flaws.
The engine range consists of a 1.2-litre petrol, a 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol or a 1.3-litre diesel. Of these the TwinAir suits the 500 best – it’s responsive and eager, although meeting official economy figures in real world driving is tricky. Earlier cars were also offered with a 1.4-litre petrol, but this was discontinued in 2011.
On the road the 500 is unremarkable to drive. The steering is light but reasonably accurate, while the compact dimensions make urban driving tremendously easy. However, on a twisting road or on the motorway the 500 never feels settled and there is noticeable body roll when cornering.
Inside, the cabin has the same retro look as the exterior, with a painted dashboard panel and big, circular speedometer. Unfortunately, while it looks good it’s not very practical. The front seats are cramped for taller occupants and the back row is too small to be of any real use. The boot isn’t very big either, at just 185 litres.
Fiat has constantly tweaked the 500 since its original launch in 2007, with the most significant changes in 2015. Externally the updated car has different headlights, tail lights and running lights, while the interior benefits from a new, user-friendly touchscreen infotainment system and a new dashboard layout.
If you’re looking for a sensible, practical town car, the Hyunndai i10 or Volkswagen Up are better choices since they are more spacious, better-equipped and more competent on the open road. But if you’re style-conscious then there is no small car to match the Fiat 500 for image or personalisation.
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On the inside of an Fiat 500 (2008)
The Fiat 500’s cute, retro styling continues inside the cabin, with a painted dashboard covering and a big round speedometer. It looks the part, but sadly it isn’t very practical. The front seats provide a decent level of headroom but long-legged occupants will struggle for comfort, while the back row of seats is barely big enough for kids, let alone adults.
Storage in the cabin is limited, with a small and awkward glovebox and narrow door pockets, though the high-mounted gear lever does free up space for some little compartments between the front seats. The boot has a capacity of 185 litres, which isn’t great, but shopping or small suitcases will fit without too much difficulty. Folding the rear seats frees up 474 litres, but the load area isn't well-shaped for bulky items like flat packs.
Practicality might be limited, but customisation options certainly aren’t. There is a huge variety of colours, sticker packs, wheel designs, upholstery fabrics and colours. There’s so much variety that there is a Fiat 500 design to suit almost every taste imaginable - buyers can even pick the design of the key casing.
Earlier examples of the 500 are showing their age when it comes to technology, with basic-looking instruments and a simple, poor-quality audio system. Cars from 2015 are much more up to date and are offered with a digital instrument display, along with a user-friendly touchscreen system with navigation – but you need to choose a high trim level or tick options boxes to get them.
Pop comes with LED running lights, 14-inch steel wheels, audio system with AUX and USB inputs, electric front windows and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
Pop Star adds air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels and 50/50 split folding rear seats.
Lounge adds a glass roof, leather steering wheel, 5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connection, height adjustment for driver’s seat, fog lights and rear parking sensors.
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Driving Fiat 500 (2008)
What's the Fiat 500 (2008) like to drive?
The Fiat 500 is available with a 1.2-litre petrol with 69PS, a 1.3-litre diesel with 95PS and a 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol with either 85PS or 105PS. The basic 1.2-litre petrol is fine around town, but it is an old engine that needs to be worked hard. Official economy is 60.1mpg and emissions are 110g/km. Additionally, a 1.4-litre petrol was offered until 2011.
The 0.9 TwinAir is more responsive thanks to its turbocharger, plus it produces less than 100g/km of CO2 – but in real world driving it tends to fall quite a long way short of its official fuel economy figure. Even so, it’s a fizzy, characterful engine that works well in the 500, whether in 85PS or 105PS form.
For those who cover longer distances or who spend a lot of time on faster roads, the well-proven 1.3-litre diesel is a good choice. It’s the most frugal variant Fiat offers, with official economy of 83.1mpg and emissions of 89g/km, plus it’s reasonably responsive and torquey, if a little coarse.
Those who want an automatic transmission are limited to the 0.9 and 1.2-litre petrol engines, paired to Dualogic transmissions. Unless you really need an automatic we’d recommend avoiding this gearbox though – it can be jerky when pulling away or when changing up or down through the gears.
Around town the Fiat 500 is very easy to drive. The controls are effortlessly light, while the compact size of the 500 makes three-point turns, multi-storey car parks and narrow streets easy. Sadly, the 500 isn’t quite so good out of town. The suspension never really feels fully settled, particularly on uneven roads, while refinement could be better at motorway speeds.
Through corners the 500 isn’t the best small car to drive. The steering is vague and the suspension doesn’t provide particularly good body control at high speeds. Having said that, while it might not be as good as cars like the Volkswagen Up or Hyundai i10 it’s not dreadful. If you tend to drive in town and occasionally need to make a longer trip it’s fine.
|0.9 TwinAir 105||67 mpg||10.0 s||99 g/km|
|0.9 TwinAir 85||60–74 mpg||11.0 s||90–106 g/km|
|0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic||71–74 mpg||11.0 s||88–92 g/km|
|1.2||49–66 mpg||12.9–13.0 s||99–122 g/km|
|1.2 Automatic||61 mpg||13.0 s||108 g/km|
|1.2 Dualogic||54–63 mpg||12.9–13.0 s||105–122 g/km|
|1.3 MultiJet 75||67 mpg||12.5 s||110 g/km|
|1.3 MultiJet 95||72–83 mpg||10.7 s||89–104 g/km|
|1.4||49 mpg||10.5 s||135 g/km|
|1.4 Dualogic||50 mpg||10.5 s||130 g/km|
Fiat 500 (2008) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||865–1100 kg|
|Boot Space||185–550 L|
|Standard||Space-saving spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||A–E|
|Official MPG||48.7–83.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
|1.2 69hp Lounge Dualogic 3dr||-||54.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Pop Dualogic 3dr||-||54.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Rock Star Dualogic 3dr||-||62.8 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Star Dualogic 3dr||-||62.8 mpg||12.9 s|
On sale until July 2020
|0.9 85hp Twinair Lounge 3dr||-||60.1 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 85HP Twinair Rock Star 3dr||-||74.3 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 85HP Twinair Star 3dr||-||74.3 mpg||11.0 s|
|1.2 69hp Dolcevita 3dr||-||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Lounge 3dr||-||57.6 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Pop 3dr||-||53.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69HP Rock Star 3dr||-||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69HP Star 3dr||-||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
On sale until October 2019
|0.9 85hp Twinair S 3dr||-||60.1 mpg||11.0 s|
|1.2 69 Collezione Fall Dualogic 3dr||£14,960||52.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp 120th 3dr||-||48.7 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp 120th Dualogic 3dr||-||-||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Collezione Fall 3dr||£14,060||53.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Pop Star 3dr||£12,685||57.6 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Pop Star Dualogic 3dr||£13,585||54.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp S 3dr||-||53.3 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp S Dualogic 3dr||-||54.3 mpg||12.9 s|
On sale until January 2019
On sale until November 2018
|1.2 69hp Mirror 3dr||£12,640||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 69hp Mirror Dualogic 3dr||£13,490||62.8 mpg||12.9 s|
On sale until June 2016
|1.2 69hp Pop Dualogic 3dr||£11,925||62.8 mpg||13.0 s|
On sale until October 2015
|Cult 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£18,020||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|Cult 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£17,540||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|Cult 0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£18,290||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|Cult 1.2 69 3dr||£16,240||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|Cult 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£16,990||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
|Cult 1.3 MultiJet 95 3dr||£18,640||78.5 mpg||10.7 s|
|Pop Star 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£15,995||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|Pop Star 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£15,515||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|Pop Star 0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£16,265||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|Pop Star 1.2 69 3dr||£14,215||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|Pop Star 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£14,695||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
|Pop Star 1.3 MultiJet 3dr||£16,615||78.5 mpg||10.7 s|
|S 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£17,020||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|Cult 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£15,370||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|Cult 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£14,890||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|Cult 0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£15,640||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|Cult 1.2 69 3dr||£13,590||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|Cult 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£14,340||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
|Cult 1.3 MultiJet 95 3dr||£15,990||78.5 mpg||10.7 s|
|Lounge 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£14,220||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|Lounge 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£13,740||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|Lounge 0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£14,490||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|Lounge 1.2 69 3dr||£12,440||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|Lounge 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£13,190||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
|Lounge 1.3 MultiJet 95 3dr||£14,840||78.5 mpg||10.7 s|
|Pop 1.2 69 3dr||£10,690||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|Pop 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£11,440||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
|S 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£14,370||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|S 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£13,890||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|S 0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£14,640||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|S 1.2 69 3dr||£12,590||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|S 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£13,340||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
|S 1.3 MultiJet 95 3dr||£14,990||78.5 mpg||10.7 s|
|Vintage 57 0.9 85 3dr||£13,845||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|Vintage 57 0.9 85 Auto 3dr||£14,595||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|Vintage 57 1.2 69 3dr||£12,545||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|Vintage 57 1.2 69 Auto 3dr||£13,295||61.4 mpg||13.0 s|
On sale until April 2015
|Colour Therapy 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£12,420||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|Colour Therapy 0.9 TwinAir 85 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£13,170||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|Colour Therapy 1.2 69 3dr||£11,220||58.9 mpg||12.9 s|
|Colour Therapy 1.2 69 Dualogic 3dr Auto||£11,970||60.1 mpg||13.0 s|
|GQ 0.9 TwinAir 105 3dr||£15,550||67.3 mpg||10.0 s|
|GQ 0.9 TwinAir 85 3dr||£15,070||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|GQ 1.2 69 3dr||£13,670||58.9 mpg||12.9 s|
|GQ 1.3 16v Multijet 95 3dr||£16,070||76.3 mpg||10.7 s|
On sale until September 2014
|Pop 1.3 MultiJet 95 3dr||£12,560||76.3 mpg||10.7 s|
On sale until March 2013
|0.9 TwinAir Street 3dr||£12,760||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 TwinAir Street Dualogic 3dr||£13,510||72.4 mpg||11.0 s|
|1.2 Street 3dr||£11,360||58.9 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 Street Dualogic 3dr||£12,110||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.3 MultiJet Street 3dr||£13,760||76.3 mpg||10.7 s|
On sale until August 2012
|0.9 TwinAir 3dr||£11,660||68.9 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 TwinAir Dualogic 3dr Auto||£12,410||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 TwinAir Plus 3dr||£12,760||68.9 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 TwinAir Plus Dualogic 3dr Auto||£13,510||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
On sale until April 2012
|0.9 TwinAir Pop 3dr||£11,160||68.9 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 TwinAir Pop Dualogic 3dr||£11,910||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
On sale until December 2011
|1.4 Lounge 3dr||£12,705||48.7 mpg||10.5 s|
|1.4 Lounge Dualogic 3dr Auto||£13,450||50.4 mpg||10.5 s|
On sale until August 2011
|0.9 TwinAir Pop 3dr||£11,100||68.9 mpg||11.0 s|
|0.9 TwinAir Pop Dualogic 3dr Auto||£11,845||70.6 mpg||11.0 s|
On sale until July 2011
|1.2 Sport 3dr||£11,300||58.9 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 Sport Dualogic 3dr Auto||£12,045||60.1 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.3 MultiJet Sport 3dr||£13,465||72.4 mpg||10.7 s|
|1.4 Sport 3dr||£12,470||48.7 mpg||10.5 s|
|1.4 Sport Dualogic 3dr Auto||£13,215||50.4 mpg||10.5 s|
On sale until November 2010
|1.4 Pop 3dr||£10,865||48.7 mpg||10.5 s|
|1.4 Pop Dualogic 3dr Auto||£11,595||50.4 mpg||10.5 s|
On sale until January 2010
|1.3 MultiJet Lounge 3dr||£13,100||-||-|
|1.3 MultiJet Pop 3dr||£11,700||67.3 mpg||12.5 s|
On sale until October 2009
|1.2 Start&Stop 3dr||£10,100||58.9 mpg||12.9 s|
|1.2 Start&Stop 3dr Auto||£10,100||-||-|
|1.3 MultiJet Sport 3dr||£13,100||67.3 mpg||12.5 s|
- European Car Of The Year 2008.
- Voted Design World Car of the Year at 2009 New York Auto Show.
- By January 2010, models were arriving with improved rear suspension.
- Outstandingly comfortable front seats with long squabs and tilt adjustment.
- Increasing number of problems with TwinAir petrols.
- Choppy ride and over stiff rear suspension of 2008-2009 500s can have the back skipping by about a metre when it meets a bump on a roundabout. (Improved, softer rear suspension from Ka fitted to all 500C from mid 2009 and to all 500s from January 2010.)
- An opening sunroof steals about 3-inches of headroom. Panoramic non-opening glass roofs on Lounge models make no difference to headroom.
- Dualogic automated manual transmission works reasonably well on Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet, but is hopeless on the 500 TwinAir because of that engine's light flywheel and completely different torque characteristics.
- 500 TwinAir 105 6-speed has a dual mass flywheel that is not up to towing its designated towing weight.
- Three star Euro NCAP rating (in 2017). 66% adult occupant safety, 49% child occupant safety, 53% pedestrian safety, 27% safety assist.
What to watch out for
Knocking noise from transmission of diesel cured by fitting an engine damper, not fitted as standard. (No dual mass flywheel on 500 diesel.)
Reducing tyre pressures to standard setting makes a difference to steering feel and handling. 2psi over makes the steering over-light and the car quite skittish.
500 diesels not good for short runs from cold or town use. All owners of Fiat 500 Multijet diesels need to watch out for the dashboard 'oil exhausted' warning light (see pages 94/95 of the drivers manual). This warns that the oil has become degraded from excessive fuel oil and needs to be changed. If the car does a lot of short runs from cold, extra fuel pumped into the engine to create the heat to regenerate the diesel particulate filter may not be combusting and instead finds its way into the sump. If the sump level rises significantly as a result, the engine will start running on its sump oil and, if it cannot be stalled against the brakes, it will over-rev and blow up. As soon as 500 diesel owners notice the oil 'oil exhausted' warning they need to visit their dealer have an oil change (because the sump oil is contaminated with diesel) and have the DPF regenerated. Another reason for fuel system problems is failed injectors.
November 2009 one report of a failed engine mount on a 1.4 petrol. Recorded in case there are any more.
September 2010 report of failed stop/start system, screeching rear brakes and paint peeling from bumpers of a 1.2 Sport.
In Multijet diesels the engine oil cooler is a heat exchanger inside the coolant radiator and the joints can fracture admitting coolant to the engine oil, wrecking the engine.
4-1-2011: Rumour of problems with dual mass flywheels of 1.3 Multijet diesels.
13-7-2011: One report of repeated failure of stop/start system of a TwinAir. (Logged in case there are more.)
13-5-2012: One report of broken cables in wiring loom between body of car and hatchback.
16-7-2012: Report of failed front windscreen wipers on 53k mile 2008 500 1.2 Lounge. Informed that the problem was “low speed wiper motor relay intermittently not switching to deliver power supply to wiper motor, intermittent resistance build up in relay coil.” Quoted £450 for "new body computer, plus labour and VAT.
28-7-2012: One complaint of airbag warning light flickering on and off in a 28,000 mile 2008 1.2 Lounge.
18-9-2012: Report of a waterpump failure at 4 years old with 19,000 miles.
14-10-2012: Alternator of 18,300 mile 2011 TwinAir with Stop/Start overcharging the battery at a rate of 15.3 volts and thought to have damaged the battery. Warranty claim for both alternator and battery made to Fiat.
6-12-2012: Poor starting of 4 year old 1.2 Lounge turned out to be due to a failed fuel pump. Cost £485 inc to replace.
30-12-2012: Repeated failure of clutch hydraulics of 500C TwinAir from new to 4500 miles.
8-2-2013: Failed wiring loom on a 2009 and quoted £650 to replace, eventually reduced to £350 with contributions from both Fiat and the dealer.
10-2-2013: On a 31k mile (but little used in the last year) 2009 500, rubber tank breather hoses failed and car failed MoT on n/s front suspension arm ball joint dust cover costing £287.30 to fix.
1-4-2013: Another report of fuel tank beather failing for a second time on a 2009 500.
1-5-2013: Another 1.3 Multijet engine failure as the result of a blocked DPF. This on a 2009/59 500.
29-5-2013: Yet another report of sump oil contamination of a Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet.
10-7-2013: 37k mile 2008 1.2 Lounge required a new aurbag ECU in 2012 costing £400, new rear silencer box, now suffering slight leak from rear shocks and new timing belt recommended at £220.
13-8-2013: Report of manual gearbox failure on 66k mile 2009 500C. Quoted £3500 to replace.
12-9-2013: PAS failure on 20 month old 500C.
22-9-2013: Yet another failed 1.3 Multijet reported. This was a 2008/58 that had done less than 14,000 miles. Active DPF regeneration had put too much diesel into the engine, effectively raising the sump level and causing the engine to run uncontrollably on its sump oil to the point of self-destruction. Vital for all drivers of 500 Multijet diesels to chack their sump levels regularly and if the oil seems to rise get their cars to a Fiat dealership for an oil change and forced regeneration of the DPF.
18-2-2014: Clutch mechanism of 2009/59 500 and electric hatchback lock failed at very low 2500 miles.
22-3-2014: Electric hatch lock failed twice on a 17,500 mile 2009/50 500: first time replaced under warranty; 2nd time dealer wanted £193.
10-4-2014: Heater matrix failure on 500 TwinAir led to overheating of engine.
20-4-2014: A 2010 Abarth 500 suffered the loss of various key functions including speedometer, indicators and brake lights (which of course makes the car illegal to drive). An independent garage traced the fault to the wiring cable under the tailgate. The wires had become twisted and broken as a result of the movement of the tailgate. Fault as origninally reported on 13-5-2012.
30-6-2014: Second report of failed rear wiper and brake lights on a 4-year old 500 due to can bus wiring problems as a result of the cable loom getting trapped in the hatchback opening £400 to fix.
7-7-2014: Another case of a 500 MultiJet diesel engine revving uncontrollably because the ECU had introduced too much fuel to the engine to actively regenerate the DPF, this fuel had sunk into the sump, and the sump level had risen sufficiently for the compression ignition engine to run on it. This car was a 25,000 mile 2008 500 MultiJet. Vital for all drivers of 500 MultiJet diesels to chack their sump levels regularly and if the oil seems to rise get their cars to a Fiat dealership for an oil change and forced regeneration of the DPF.
17-8-2014: Problem with EU6 compliant versions of 1.2 Fire engine in Fiat 500. Hesitation when pulling away in 1st and 2nd gears due to a ECU remapping to meet EU6. "Feels very unsafe, when trying to pull out into traffic." Apparently, some Fiat dealers have an ECU software fix for this. At a guess, it is probably to resture the ECU to the EU5 settings.
3-9-2014: Fiat 500 Dualogic would not select any gears and required new Actuator at a cost of £1800. Cost of repairs so far: £3,000.
2-10-2014: Software fix available from some Fiat dealers that restores the performance of EU6 1.2 Panda and 500 engines.
14-10-2014: Another case of hatchback lock failing because cables inside wiring loom had chafed in the hatchback hinge. All 500 owners should check for this.
16-11-2014: 2008 500 1.3 Multijet "belching out white smoke, over-revving and having to be stalled on the brake." Usual problem of Active stage of DPF recycling supplying too much diesel to the engine and diesel then sinks into the sump, raising its level until the engine stats to run on it uncontrollably. The same thing has happened to the same car 3 years previously and it needed a new engine. Fiat garage denies any knowledge of the problem.
27-11-2014: Fiat conceded to BBC Watchdog that there was a software problem with 500 1.2 EU6 engines, and that it would issue an update in January 2015. However, if the cars were fitted with ESC there was no problem.
14-1-2015: Another case of a Fiat 500 failing to climb hills, this time a 2014 EU6 500C. Reader has made four visits to the dealer, but the solution promised by Fiat on BBC Watchdog by January 2015 had not come through.
20-1-2015: 2013 Fiat 500 required new front discs and pads at 24k miles.
9-3-2015: New timing belt and waterpump recommended for 1,242cc engine every 5 years of 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Since the job only costs £324 it should not be neglected.
27-3-2015: Reader reports that an official fix for the 1,242cc EU6 engine problem in 500 and Panda has finally reached dealers.
28-3-2015: Report of 500S TwinAir 105PS suffering a hesitation if taken above 4000rpm before upchanging. Does it in every gear, and in both Sport and non Sport mode. May be a result of the emissions reprogramming for EU6.
2-5-2015: Reader reported that software fix for EU6 1,242 Fiat 500 engine was working. Previously, on pulling away gently at low revs it was fine, but on hill starts / trying to pull out quickly across busy junctions / even just moving onto the drive across the kerb, the engine seemed to spin from low to excessively high revs - with a flat spot in-between (and consequent delay, when it was least wanted) - generally giving the impression of a learner driver at the wheel.
14-5-2015: Report of failure of Dualogic automated manual transmission of 2010 500 with 22k miles. Estimated repair: £1,300.
2-6-2015: EPAS failure on 34k mile 2008 Fiat 500 1.4 Sport. Local mechanic charged £1600 to replace it.
26-7-2015: Complaint that braking system of 2008/58 Fiat 500 failed. Car had MoT 3 months previously. Apparently, water can get into a protective sleeve at the point where the flexible front brake pipes are connected to the callipers, leading to rusting and eventual failure.
18-8-2015: Problems with 35k mile 2011 (4 year old) Fiat 500 TwinAir include £792 for a rear hatchback wiring harness; £1,192 for a multi-air module (misfiring engine); £248 for a boot handle (boot won't open).
15-11-2015: Report of digital clock running slow on new 2016 facelift Fiat 500.
22-12-2015: Series of disasters reported on 2011 Fiat 500 TwinAir Lounge purchased used from dealer at 10,800 miles in November 2014. First fault, failed battery: replaced under warranty. 6,000 miles later (17,000 miles) front discs and brake master cylinder replaced at cost of £540, together with £400 4th service. Then airbag light came on. Diagnosis confirmed airbags okay and fault in ECU. Replacement ECU will cost £530 and Fiat refused to contribute.
29-12-2015: Screech reported from clutch of very mileage (9000) 2008 Fiat 500 1.4 after an hour's running. Bite point is lost, making gear changing difficult. Probably failing release bearing.
11-1-2016: Report of 2014 500 in for service at 21,000 miles needing new front dampers and a realignment for which £480 was quoted.
28-6-2016: The 500 TwinAir engine is extremely oil sensitive. The wrong oil destroys the MultiAir system, replacement of which costs £1200.
11-8-2016: Report of repeated coil pack problem on Fiat 500 TwinAir. Apparently early TwinAir engines suffered coilpack failures leading to misfiring. They were subject to TSB recall and retrofitting of new improved coilpacks. Reader's 2011 500 TwinAir Sport was recalled for new coilpacks in 2012. In August 2016 and after only 22k, miles the engine started misfiring under hard acceleration and the engine management light appears. Diagnostic testing reveals that coils are again at fault and new ones have been ordered and will be fitted, but tbis time at the reader's expense.
8-11-2016: Clutch of 2015 500 TwinAir broke up while ascending a steep hill.
16-11-2016: Report of transmission of 2014 500 Pop failing at 30,000 miles.
1-12-2016: Another report of a 500 1.3 Multijet running uncontrollably on its sump oil due to too much diesel fuel in the oil through railed DPF regeneration.
6-2-2017: Report of failure of instrument cluster on a 2014 500 at 8000 miles, 4 months out of warranty. Dealer quoted £560 to replace it.
13-2-2017: Report of oil cooler of 500 TwinAir 105 springing a leak. Engine had lost almost all its oil, fortunately at the owner's house, not out on the road. Fixed under warranty.
17-2-2017: Report of 2011/61 500 Multijet diesel suffering sporadic engine noise and vibration and black smoke coming out of the exhaust. Owner was told there is nothing wrong with it. Not true. This is the engine attempting and possibly failing to actively regenerate the Diesel Particulate Filter and the engine sump may be filling up with diesel fuel as a result.
17-3-2017: Report of 2012 500 TwinAir losing a full tank of coolant every 8 weeks. Checked and pressure tested it in multiple garages (including Fiat dealerships). None one can find any leaks big enough to justify the loss.
2-4-2017: Report of strange fault with stop/start system of 2013 Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge. Irritated by it, the owner switched it off in 2016, but since then the engine warning light has come on and stayed on citing the stop-start system failure as the reason. The on/off switch no longer functions.
7-4-2017: Transmission main shaft bearing failure reported on 2012 Fiat 500 at 27,000 miles. Dealer estimated £700 to fix it.
15-5-2017: Report of failed numberplate lights on 2012 Fiat 500 Pop (wires broken in cable from body to hatchback). Also a rattle from the a/c when a/c is switched on.
21-5-2017: Oil contamination warning light came on prematurely in 2015/65 500 1.3 Multijet and car taken in for a between services oil change. 1.3 Multijet absolutely requires a change of oil and filter at least every 12 months or every 10k miles, whichever comes first.
23-6-2017: Electrical problems reported with 3000 miles 2016/66 500 1.2 Sport. All warning lights come on and now engine management is also on.
23-6-2017: If the soft touch tailgate release button of a 500 doesn't work, the 'E' clip on the micro-switch spring might have broken. You can get a new one on eBay for very little and fix it yourself. Means taking off the handle, of course.
24-7-2017: DMF of 500 TwinAir 105 6-speed manual failed at 25k miles at 25,000 miles after towing a motorcycle on a trailer. Fiat paid for a new DMF and clutch because car had been towing within its designated limits.
6-8-2017: Problem reported with 500 1.4 Dualogic: Seems to lose 1st 2nd then have to pull over turn off then restart it seems to get home. Other times can be driving at 40mph go to overtake it's fine until pull out then lose power. Try and give more power thinking it'll clear but gutless again and have to pull over.
22-8-2017: Another report of failure of the DMF, again on a 500 TwinAir 105 6-speed manual, this a May 2014 at 33k miles.
6-11-2017: Report of 500 Dualogic jumping into 'N' (neutral) while driving.
14-11-2017: Dualogic transmission of 2013 500 failed and owner was quoted £4500 to replace it.
8-2-2018: Report of failing Dualogic transmission in 2012 500 Dualogic at 55,000 miles. Possibly caused by a failing battery.
7-3-2018: Complaint of rotted rear axle on a 2009 500 with 40,000 miles. No information about the car's past.
18-3-2018: Report of timing chain failing on a 64 reg Panda Cross TwinAir at 22,804 miles. Some doubt about service regime. The reason turned out to be that it had run out of oil. Vital to regularly check the oil level of a TwinAir engine. Important to idle the engine to ensure oil flow through the turbo before switching off after running on the motorway, after a long ascent, or after running at high revs.
7-4-2018: Report of 2013/63 reg Fiat 500 Dualogic not going into 3rd gear.
10-4-2018: Phantom fault reported in 2010 Fiat 500 2.2 Pop of EOBD warning light appeared and the fault code (PO555) indicated a problem with the Brake Booster Pressure Sensor circuit. The car runs normally and after clearing the error code and checking the sensor electrical connector the warning light did not appear again until the following day.
26-4-2018: Report of failed stop start on (unspecified age and engine) Fiat 500. Dealer wanted £385 to fix it.
2-5-2018: Report of loud intermittent squeaking from front brakes of November 2016 Fiat 500 which the dealer has been unable to fix, despite charging the owner £45 to clean and regrease the calliper pins.
27-6-2018: Report of failure of clutch pressure plate on a 2014 Fiat 500 at 16,000 miles. Because it was the sprung pressure plate and not the drive plate it could not have been caused by driver error.
30-6-2018: Report of failure of clutch of 2016 Fiat 500 1248cc Multijet Dualogic at 17,000 miles. Dealer told owner it was not a warranty claim as caused by her driving and demanded £1700 to fix it. (Update 29-7-2018: Perrys of Aylesbury finally agreed to cover 50% of the £1700 charge for replacing the automatic clutch after continuing to refuse to cover it under the 3 year warranty blaming owner's driving style and improper use of the brake.)
8-7-2018: MUST use correct Fiat specified Selenia oil in the TwinAir or will lead to problems.
14-7-2018: Report of clutch bearing failing and "jamming into pressure plate" of 2014 Fiat 500. Fixed by independent so Fiat would not contribute.
20-7-2018: Report of 'Denim' effect on roof and mirror pods of 2015 Fiat 500 'Denim' coming away. Supplying dealer simply wants to repaint them.
26-7-2018: Report of failure of Dualogic transmission of 2014 500 that had not been regularly maintained. Gearbox casing broke and it lost its oil. Originally quoted £2613.70 for replacement. Cost rose to £3999 fitted.
30-7-2018: Report of manual transmission failure in 2003 Fiat 500 at 33,000 miles. Quoted £800-£1000 to replace.
7-8-2018: Report that 2016 500 1.2 needed new clutch at 20,000 miles.
15-8-2018: Report of 2010 500 1.25 Multijet Diesel, bought used on 15-8-2017 suffering a DPF regeneration malfunction that caused the sump to fill up with post-injected diesel that caused the fuel injectors and glow plugs to burn out and malfunction. The glow plugs were loose. The exhaust also is full of oil and needs replacing along with the diesel particle filter.
17-8-2018: Report of alternator repeatedly failing on recently purchased used 500C 1.4 100HP.
28-9-2018: Complaint of 500 Pop Dualigic constantly 'poppong' out of gear.
3-10-2018: Report of mileage indicator of (unknown age) 500 flashing and Blue Me not working. Garage says new Blue Me unit £500.
16-10-2018: Report of tailgate microswitch falure on 500. Complete handle including switch available on eBay for £69.
30-10-2018: Report of ignition coil failures on 500 TwinAir
31-10-2018: Report of Dualogic automated manual in recently purchased 500 suddenly jumping from 4th gear to neutral.
13-12-2018: Failed TXV valve reported in a/c of 2012 Fiat 500 TwinAir. A thermal expansion valve (often abbreviated as TEV , TXV , or TX valve ) is a component in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems that controls the amount of refrigerant released into the evaporator thereby controlling superheat. Very expensive to replace because involved dismantling of dashboard.
14-12-2018: Report of failure of transmission of 2013 500 at 30,000 miles.
15-12-2018: Report of 500 Dualogic not going into any gear, just staying in neutral. Probably a failed actuator.
3-3-2019: Report of 'CANCHECK' warning coming up on radio screen of 2008 500 at 35,000 miles. Car failed to start after a couple of turns of the ignition key. Next day, the car did start, the CANCHECK warning did not appear again, and owner took it for a full diagnostic check to the local Fiat dealer. They could not identify where the problem was and he was advised to “allow the problem to develop”. (The Canbus system electromically controls the allocation of power to the various electrical components in the car, eliminating the need for excess wiring.)
8-4-2019: Report of 2017 Fiat 500 needing a new clutch and clutch slave cylinder at 10,000 miles.
29-5-2019: Report of failure of Dualogic transmission of 2016 FIAT 500 automatic bought used 10 days previously. Stopped car at lights and engine went dead, car wouldn’t move. Got it going but engine was revving loudly and car hardly moving. Supplying dealer took responsibility and sent the car to a FIAT dealer.
6-7-2019: FIAT 500 Twin-Air engine discontinued due to problems meeting RDE1 (Real Driving Emissions) in force on all new cars from September 2019.
20-8-2019: Report of actuator trouble with recently purchased FIAT 500C 1.2 at 20,000 miles. Keeps flashing check transmission warning light and message and fails to change up the gears repeatedly without resorting to manual.
10-9-2019: Report of Dualogic automated manual transmission of 2015 FIAT 500 Pop failing at 17,000 miles.
11-9-2019: Report of 31,000 mile 2014 FIAT 500 TwinAir Dualogic sporadically slipping into neutral without warning. The car beeps a warning sound, then goes into neutral and the display shows "No Transmission". The engine still runs but will not go into gear. This has now happened three times. AA man thought it might be a low battery. If car is left for 10 minutes and re-started, problem disappears. FIAT dealer also suggested a new battery. Unfortunately a new battery did not solve the problem.
26-9-2019: Report of 2011 FIAT 500 TwinAir needing new cylinder head gasket at 82,000 miles. Estimate £480 just to remove the head and check for further damage.
11-6-2020: F aulty Twinair modules on 2014 Fiat 500. Owner quoted £611 replacement cost. Fault with cylinder two inlet valve sticking open.
16-6-2020: Report of 2015 Fiat 500 Lounge 1.2 Dualogic stopping and failing to re-start. Engine eventually starts after a few hours.
11-02-2008: TSB on Indian built 1.3 Multijet diesel engines to replace the head gaskets. Engines affected are serial numbers 2451169 to 2582915. Parts to fix in Fiat dealers from March 2008.
09-01-2009: 1.2 & 1.4 8v petrol version. Fuel may leak from manifold. VIN ZFA31200000202179 to ZFA31200000223226 Build dates 01-09-2008 to 31-10-2008.
Bolts on back plates of rear brakes may loosen.
- September 2007: New Fiat 500 unveiled
- January 2008: 500 goes on sale in the UK
- December 2008: Fiat 500byDIESEL introduced
- February 2009: Fiat 500 Start&Stop launched
- February 2010: 75PS Multijet engine replaced by 95PS Multijet II
- July 2010: Fiat 500 BlackJack launched
- May 2011: 500byGucci introduced
- June 2011: 500 TwinAir became a separate 500 model
- July 2012: New colours added
- August 2012: 500 Colour Therapy range launched
- August 2012: Fiat 500 Street joins range
- April 2013
- February 2015: Fiat 500 Vintage 57 special edition announced
- July 2015: Revised Fiat 500 revealed
- June 2017: Fiat 500 Anniversario launched
- January 2018: Fiat 500 Mirror introduced
- March 2018: Fiat 500 Collezione launched
- July 2019: Fiat 500 Dolcevita special edition celebrates 62 years of the Fiat 500
- July 2019
- January 2020: Mild hybrid engine for Fiat 500 and Panda
- January 2020: Mild-hybrid prices announced
- June 2020
New Fiat 500 unveiled
70PS 1.2 8v, 100PS 1.4 16v (as Panda 100HP) and 75PS 1.3 Multijet diesel at Euro launch in summer 2007. In UK from early 2008. Later engines to include 900cc two cylinder turbocharged petrol developing 90bhp to 110bhp and 120Nm torque, said to be capable of 60mpg and shared with new Ford Ka which also shares the 500's floorpan.
3,550mm long by 1,650mm wide by 1,490mm high. Standard equipment of the entry-level Pop includes ABS anti-lock brakes with EBD, driver, passenger, side and drivers knee airbags, radio/CD/MP3 player, power steering, electric mirrors, colour coded bumpers and chrome-plated door handles. Options include ESP, glass sunroof, a/c metallic paint and parking sensors.
Standard equipment on both Sport and Lounge versions includes the Blue & MeTM hands-free media system, air conditioning and 15 alloy wheels. Sport specification includes a rear roof spoiler, fog lights, sports interior and dark tinted rear windows, standard climate control, rear head restraints and colour coded heated door mirrors. Lounge trim includes a leather steering wheel, split folding rear seat and fixed glass roof.
500 goes on sale in the UK
- 1.2 Pop £7900
- 1.2 Sport £9300
- 1.2 Lounge £9300
- 1.3 MultiJet Pop £9300
- 1.4 Pop £9300
- 1.3 MultiJet Sport £10,700
- 1.3 MultiJet Lounge £10,700
- 1.4 Sport £10,700
- 1.4 Lounge £10,700
Dualogic autoclutch option available on 1.2.
Fiat 500byDIESEL introduced
Limited to 10,000 examples only available to order online. Collaboration between Fiats Style Centre in Turin and fashion label DIESELs design team.
Based on a Fiat 500 Sport version, the 500byDIESEL comes in metallic green, black or brown. The exterior features 16-inch alloy wheels with the DIESEL logo, brake callipers painted yellow (an option only on the 100 bhp 1.4 version), unique side trim with DIESEL wording, and special door mirror fairings.
Inside, theres special upholstery in denim fabric. The label logo also appears on the instrument panel and gear knob, while a special pouch, reminiscent of the fifth pocket on DIESEL jeans, appears on the side of the front seats. In-car entertainment comes courtesy of Fiats Blue&Me hands-free telecommunications and entertainment technology, which means the car is eco:Drive compatible. The 500byDIESEL is available with all three Euro 5-ready power units in the Fiat 500 range - the 69 bhp 1.2 unit, 75 bhp 1.3 MultiJet Diesel with DPF, and a 100 bhp 1.4 16v engine. Prices start at £11,150.
Fiat 500 Start&Stop launched
Based on the most successful 500 version - the 1.2 Lounge - and benefits from the combined expertise of automotive parts specialist Bosch and Fiat Powertrain Technologies. The Start&Stop system stops the engine automatically (without the driver turning an ignition key) whenever traffic conditions bring the car to a complete halt, and restarts it when the driver wants to move off again.
Available at £9,500 OTR, the 500 Start&Stop becomes the most ecological version in the Fiat 500 petrol range. With Start&Stop, CO2 emissions on the 1.2 engine are just 113 g/km, while fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 12 per cent, averaging 58.9mpg combined.
75PS Multijet engine replaced by 95PS Multijet II
It now has Fiat Start&Stop technology to further reduce fuel consumption when driving around town. The new unit introduces an innovative variable geometry turbocharger that enables it to deliver 95bhp at 4000rpm and 200Nm of torque at only 1,500rpm. This output significantly improves the car's performance, taking its top speed to 112mph and reducing the 0-62mph acceleration time from 12.5 to just 10.7 seconds.
Fuel consumption is improved from 67.3mpg to 72.4mpg in the combined cycle, while emissions drop from 110g/km to 104g/km of CO2. Together with Start&Stop, the engine also includes a modified DPF particulate filter for improved emissions efficiency and effectiveness from a cold start.
Fiat 500 BlackJack launched
First car in its class to offer factory matt black, and is one of several Fiat 500 limited editions being introduced this year. Based on the 1.2 and 1.4 Sport, the Fiat 500 BlackJack features:
- Individual matt black paint finish
- Mouldings, door handles, door mirrors and plate holder in metallic effect
- 16-inch alloy wheels in matt black with red coach line
- Red brake callipers (1.4 only)
- Special carpet mats
The 500 BlackJack – like all current Fiat 500s – comes as standard with Fiat’s Start&Stop, which stops the engine automatically whenever traffic conditions bring the car to a complete halt, and restarts it immediately the driver wants to move off again. The new car costs £12,165 OTR (1.2) and £13,565 OTR (1.4).
Will be available in the UK with two engines: the economical 1.2 litre – which will cost £14,565 OTR – and the award-winning 0.9 litre TwinAir, priced at £15,765 OTR.
Initially the new car will be available exclusively on-line. The fully automated on-line sales scheme allows customers to configure a 500byGucci, pay a deposit, order it directly from the factory, track the car’s progress, make a final payment and even arrange special delivery of the car to their home.
500 TwinAir became a separate 500 model
The 500 TwinAir is enhanced by black alloy wheels, burnished metal effects on dashboard and front and rear mouldings, spoiler, chrome exhaust pipe and sports seats.
The TwinAir range comes in both 500 (hatchback) and 500C (convertible) versions and will only be available in vibrant colours such as Pearlescent Red, Tropicalia Yellow and Electroclash Grey. A special colour, Midnight Black, is available only on the TwinAir Plus model.
Specifically, the two specification levels are characterised by:
TwinAir at £11,600:
- Sporty looking mouldings and metallic effect dashboard
- Sport kit (chrome exhaust pipe, spoiler)
- Sport seats
- Black interior surround
- 15-inch matt black alloy wheels
- Air conditioning
TwinAir Plus at £12,700:
- 16-inch matt black alloy wheels
- Automatic climate control instead of air conditioning
- Sport leather steering wheel with eight commands
- Leather gear knob
- Dark tinted windows
- Body coloured door mirrors
New colours added
The Fiat 500 has been further improved with a range of bold new colours and upgraded interior trims that better match the exterior. Six new colours are introduced: Countrypolitan Yellow and New Age Cream solid paints, and Groove Metal Grey, Epic Blue, Chillout Purple and Idol Pink metallics.
New Chocolate brown/Ivory fabric and Grey/Black fabric interior trim has also been introduced for the interior. New two-tone leather trims will be available at the end of the year, replacing and enhancing the current leather finishes. A new ‘short-fin design’ antenna and 15-inch alloy wheels are also part of the design upgrade. Despite the product improvements, prices for the Fiat 500 have not changed.
500 Colour Therapy range launched
The spirit of the 1970s is back as Fiat 500 launches an all-new retro-chic ‘Colour Therapy’ range, aimed at the young, cool and trendy who remain uninspired by bland, conventional city cars. The new ‘70s infused collection is a must-have car for style-conscious drivers, mixing the latest technology and features with classic, chic, retro design and colour combinations.
There are five striking statement colours from vibrant Pasodoble Red and Countrypolitan Yellow, to the pastel Volare Blue, New Age Cream and Tech House Grey. These bold design upgrades draw inspiration from ‘70s fashion and trends, while funky retro white detailing such as cool white wheel covers or alloys, old-school white mirror covers and a ‘pool ball’ gear knob help bring back the fun, vibrant and colourful era of the decadeand make this car a retro-lover’s dream.
Fiat 500 Street joins range
Aimed at sports-minded customers who want all the style, economy and comfort of the popular Fiat 500 but with a striking new look, the 500 Street comes equipped with dark tinted windows, alloy wheels and satin chrome finished mouldings, handles and door mirrors.
Powered by the economical 1.2-litre petrol, award-winning 0.9-litre TwinAir or the potent 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 diesel engine, new Fiat 500 Street is available in a choice of five colours: Bossanova White, Pasodoble Red, Crossover Black, Electroclash Grey or Matt Black.
At just £11,360 OTR (1.2), £12,760 OTR (TwinAir) and £13,760 OTR (1.3), the new hatchback-only model is priced the same as the 500 Lounge version. Costing £1400 more than the 500 Pop, the car gets £1800 worth of extra equipment including air conditioning, sports seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, Blue&Me infotainment, leather steering wheel with radio controls, and rear spoiler.
Fiat 500S now available with front restyled below bumper line and standard body kit. Also gets grey finish 15-inch alloys with 185/55 R15 tyres, sports seats with red stitching, Abarth style leather covers steering wheel, chrome gearknob, dark chrome plated door handles and rear number plate light bar, black headlining, metallic effect dashpanel, plus Lounge spec Bluetooth, a/c, 50/50 split rear seatbacks, etc. 500S Prices: 1.2: £11,360; TwinAir: £12,760; 1.3 Multijet: £13,760.
Fiat 500 Vintage 57 special edition announced
Gets two tone pain and retro-look solid alloy wheels.
Revised Fiat 500 revealed
Available in two body styles (hatchback and convertible), the new 500 will be available in three trim levels: Pop, Pop Star and Lounge. All models have LED daytime running lights, seven airbags and a Uconnect infotainment system with six speakers, AUX-IN/USB ports and steering wheel remote controls as standard equipment.
The Pop Star version in the UK adds air conditioning, body-colour mirror caps with defrosting function and 15-inch alloy wheels, while the Lounge version adds sophisticated features such as a panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, a chrome front grille, front fog lights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a Uconnect 5” LIVE touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration and numerous built-in apps to help users stay safely connected while on the move.
The engine line-up at launch includes a 0.9-litre TwinAir engine (85hp or 105hp) and a 1.2-litre 69hp unit. The two-cylinder engines boast exceptional efficiency – 90g/km for the 85hp engine and 99g/km for the 105hp unit – while a new ‘Eco’ configurations of the 1.2 litre 69hp (available after the launch) will reduce emissions to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre. TwinAir 105HP has a 6-speed manual transmission. Other petrol engines 5-speed manual.
Fiat 500 Anniversario launched
To celebrate the 60th birthday of the Fiat 500 a new special series, the Fiat 500 Anniversario, has been launched
The Fiat 500 Anniversario is available as a hatchback or a convertible and honours the 1957 Italian-made icon with a contemporary re-interpretation of the stylistic features that made it famous in the Dolce Vita years.
This new special series has a sixties look that references some of the key historic characteristics of the car, such as the two new exclusive colours, Sicilia Orange and Riviera Green, the chrome accents on the bonnet and door mirror caps, the vintage Fiat logos and the 16-inch vintage alloy wheels.
An alternative 16-inch diamond finish alloy wheel is also available, as a no cost option, offering a modern take on the spokes of classic car wheels. Inside, the new seats channel the retro style with horizontal striped fabric, contrast piping in body colour and an embroidered 500 logo, while the body-coloured dashboard and "Anniversario" embroidered floor mats complete the look.
With automatic climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors as standard, customers can also specify the optional Tech Pack, which includes the 7-inch TFT instrument panel, the Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto TM , and satnav on request.
Available in combination with the 1.2-litre 69PS petrol engine, the Fiat 500 Anniversario returns 60.1mpg on the combined cycle, emitting just 110g/km CO2, combined with the Dualogic gearbox this reduces to 105g/km CO2, while returning 62.8mpg.
Fiat 500 Mirror introduced
Gets UconnectTMLINK technology which is Apple CarPlay-ready and compatible with Android AutoTM as standard.
Available for the first time on a Fiat model, Mopar Connect combines remote assistance services and control functions in one app, to guarantee peace of mind when on the road and away from the car.
The Fiat 500 Mirror special edition is based on the Lounge trim and is available as a convertible or hatchback. It is available in all the body colours of the 500 Lounge range, with the addition of Electronica Blue.
This new version adds chrome mirror caps and 16-inch alloy wheels to the exterior as well as a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster and exclusive black upholstery with white details to the interior. The 500 Mirror is available exclusively in combination with the 1.2 69hp petrol engine.
Fiat 500 Collezione launched
Available both as a hatch and a convertible, it features chrome trim on the front bumper, bonnet and mirror caps and exclusive 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. Several optional cool liveries can be chosen, including the new two-colour Primavera (Bossa Nova White and Lunar Grey), the two-colour Acquamarina (Bossa Nova White and Smooth Mint) and Taormina Ivory, as well as Bossa Nova White White and Epic Blue. A chrome Collezione logo autographs the boot to complete the look.
The interior has a body coloured dashboard: white in combination with Primavera and mint in the combination with Acquamarina. The seats are also in two colours, with a grey striped base and ivory upper section, and are embroidered with the 500 logo. The Collezione logo also appears inside, embroidered on the floor mats. The new Fiat 500 Collezione offers the latest connectivity and technology: customers can specify options including the Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE radio, which is Apple CarPlay TM ready and Android Auto TM compatible, integrated Tom Tom navigation, and Beats Audio Hi-Fi system.
The Fiat 500 Collezione was available exclusively in combination with the 1.2 69hp petrol engine, coupled with a five-speed manual or Dualogic transmission. The Fiat 500 Collezione went on sale in the UK on 8 March, 2018, priced from £13,865 OTR.
Fiat 500 Dolcevita special edition celebrates 62 years of the Fiat 500
It sports an exclusive Bossa Nova White livery, enhanced by a red and white beauty line drawn around the entire silhouette. Reflecting the elegance of the era, the new 500 has a cursive "Dolcevita" chrome badge on the rear that perfectly complements the chrome bonnet line, the chrome door mirror covers and the body coloured side moulding with the "500" logo. The look is completed by elegant 16-inch white alloy wheels and fixed glass roof on the hatchback version.
The convertible version of the 500 Dolcevita, for the first time in the history of the model, is fitted with a white-and-blue striped top with embroidered red "500" logo inspired by the deck chairs and beach umbrellas of the Italian Riviera.
The same refined elegance is applied to the interior of the 500 Dolcevita with its wooden dashboard and contrasting beauty line. To ensure stability, flexibility and perfect resistance over time, the wood is applied onto an ultra-light carbon shell. The passenger compartment is the perfect match for the exteriors and is made even more exclusive by new ivory-coloured leather seats with embroidered 500 badge, red piping and a wicker-inspired central panel. The ivory colour scheme is mirrored in the floor mats.
This special edition embodies the values of Italian Glamour and the lifestyle involving fashion, design, art and the aesthetics of everyday life, taste and imagination. These are the ingredients of the identity and charm of Italy, of which the 500 is one of the most famous symbols in the world. The anniversary is even more exciting because this year it coincides with the 120thyear of the Fiat brand, a milestone that only a few car manufacturers in the world can boast.
Available in two configurations, hatchback and convertible, the 500 Dolcevita special edition includes the 69hp 1.2-litre engine with manual transmission. It can also be paired with the optional Dualogic gearbox.
Ordering will open at the end of July, with prices starting from £17,995 for the hatchback version, and £20,995 for the convertible.
FIAT 500 Twin-Air engine discontinued due to problems meeting RDE1 (Real Driving Emissions) in force on all new cars from September 2019.
Mild hybrid engine for Fiat 500 and Panda
The 500 and Panda will be available with a new petrol mild hybrid engine that combines the latest three-cylinder FireFly 1.0-litre engine family with a 12-volt BSG electric motor and a lithium battery that delivers 70PS (51kW).
Compared to the outgoing 1.2-litre 69PS petrol engine, the mild hybrid version improves fuel efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions on the road by up to 30 per cent without impeding performance. It also ensures a very high standard of driving comfort thanks to the BSG system, allowing for a quiet, vibration-free restart of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode.
The arrival of the mild hybrid engine will marked by special edition models of the 500 and Panda. These Launch Edition models will be identified by the ‘Hybrid’ logo on the rear and the exclusive ‘H’ logo, formed by two dew drops, on the centre panel. The new and exclusive ‘Dew Green’ exterior that suits both cars is in harmony with the themes of nature and innovation.
The Launch Edition seats are the first in the automotive sector to be made of Seaqual® Yarn, the weaving of which produces a special material, certified by Seaqual, derived from recycled plastic, 10 per cent of which originates from the sea and 90 per cent from land.
The 500 Mild Hybrid and the Panda Mild Hybrid Launch Editions can be ordered from January at Fiat retailers across Europe. The first customer deliveries will arrive in the first quarter of 2020.
Mild-hybrid prices announced
UK pricing and specifications for mild-hybrid versions of the Fiat 500 and Panda have been announced ahead of models arriving in showrooms in the coming months.
The 500 starts at £12,665 while the Panda costs from £13,855, each powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 70PS.
Fiat is offering special launch edition versions of the mild-hybrid 500 and Panda, identified by a new and exclusive Dew Green exterior. Inside, the seats are finished in Seaqual Yawn, made from recycled plastic.
The Fiat 500 mild hybrid will arrive in showrooms from February while the Panda will follow in March.
Fiat has announces 500 'la Prima' orders open. Priced at £26,995. The price tag includes the the Plug-In Car Grant and fitting of a wallbox charger. Range is 199 miles. The all-electric hatchback that follows the convertible version - which launched in March.
It features lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 42kWh, connected to an electric motor that will allow up to 199 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. This is very good in comparison to the 124 miles of the electric MINI and the 136-mile range of the Honda E.
Fiat claims the 85kW fast-charge setup can charge up to 30 miles of range in five minutes, and 80 per cent in 35 minutes where possible. At home, it'll take a bit longer and, if you upgrade the 'easyWallbox' to 7.4kW, you can fully charge at home in six hours.
The 500 now comes with a panoramic glass sunroof and a more pronounced spoiler, while la Prima models get full LED headlights, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels, chrome-plated inserts on the side panels, and dashboard and eco-leather seat upholstery as standard.
In terms of tech, the new UConnect 5 infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and works with with the car's 10.25-inch high-definition touchscreen that is integrated into the dashboard.
There's also now Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, lane keeping assistance, Intelligent Speed Assist, blind spot sensors, attention assist and 360-degree sensors.
A telematics box intergrates with smartphones and can show the battery level and service intervals, lock and unlock the doors, set the climate control, be used for navigation, make emergency calls, track the car and be used as a wi-fi hotspot.
There are three driving modes: Normal, Range (which lets you drive using just the accelerator) and Sherpa - which reduces fuel consumption. Three exclusive paint options (green, grey, blue) are available at launch.
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