Fiat 500 (2008–)

Model History

September 2007

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.

January 2008

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.

December 2008

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.

February 2009

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.

February 2010

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.

July 2010

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).

May 2011

500byGucci introduced

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.

June 2011

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
  • Blue&Me
  • Sport leather steering wheel with eight commands
  • Leather gear knob
  • Dark tinted windows
  • Body coloured door mirrors

July 2012

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.

August 2012

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.

August 2012

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.

April 2013

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.

February 2015

Fiat 500 Vintage 57 special edition announced

Gets two tone pain and retro-look solid alloy wheels.

July 2015

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.

June 2017

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.

January 2018

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.

March 2018

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.

July 2019

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.

July 2019

FIAT 500 Twin-Air engine discontinued due to problems meeting RDE1 (Real Driving Emissions) in force on all new cars from September 2019.

January 2020

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.

January 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.

Trim level

OTR price
(£)

Pop

12,665

Lounge

14,395

Sport

14,565

Star

15,895

Rockstar

16,065

Launch Edition

16,795

June 2020

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.

What does a Fiat 500 (2008) cost?

List Price from £12,360
Buy new from £10,240
Contract hire from £106.86 per month