Fiat 500C (2009–)

Model History

March 2009

Worldwide preview of Fiat 500C

Featuring an innovative soft top – an unrestricted window to the sky – the new 500C is exactly the same size as the basic model (3.55 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m), and utilises the same three powerplants: 1.3 litre 75 hp MultiJet Turbodiesel coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission, and the two 1.2 litre 69 hp and 1.4 litre 100 hp petrol engines, available with either manual or robotised Dualogic transmission.

The new 500C incorporates the company’s recently announced Start&Stop system, an innovative device which initiates engine shutdown and subsequent re-ignition. To this end, at every complete stop, when shifting to neutral and releasing the clutch, the engine is switched off, and then restarted simply by selecting a gear.

The soft top of the Fiat 500C stands out for its refined electrically operated linkage and engineering solutions of great quality and finish, such as the glass rear window and the built-in centrally positioned high mounted stop light. Available in three colours (ivory, red and black), this original soft top will be matched with several body colours, two of which have been conceived specifically for the new car in a brilliant Pearl Red and a special Warm Grey.

Thanks to the adoption of the innovative sliding soft top combined with a design concept which retains the vehicle’s all-round protection, the Fiat 500C offers a delightful motoring experience at any time of the year. All told, its many special features make this new car one of the best equipped cabriolet models currently available in the city-car segment.

Full price list for the Fiat 500 C range is as follows:

  • 1.2 Pop £11,300
  • 1.4 Pop £12,500
  • 1.3 Mjet Pop £12,700
  • 1.2 Lounge £12,700
  • 1.4 Lounge £13,900
  • 1.3 Mjet Lounge £14,100

March 2010

500C Pink launched

Based on 1.2 Pop specification, the Fiat 500C Pink features:

  • Special Pink colour
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome trim
  • Side rubbing strip with 500 badge
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob
  • Special carpet mats
  • Special Pink key cover
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Blue&Me infotainment

With an on the road price of £13,500 – the 500C Pink costs £1,200 more than a regular 1.2 Pop convertible, yet includes £1,870 worth of extra equipment.

August 2010

500C by Diesel announced

Based on the Fiat 500C Lounge specification, the by DIESEL comes with a choice of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol, and 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engines. Also available in Crossover Black and DIESEL Green, there’s the option of black, ivory and red soft top colours. Spec includes

  • 16-inch special alloy wheels with DIESEL logo
  • Brake callipers painted yellow (optional on 1.4 version only)
  • Specific burnished-metal-finish front and rear bumper inserts
  • Specific burnished-metal-finish side rubbing strips
  • Specific burnished-metal-finish door handles and mirrors
  • Unique side pillar moulding embossed with the word DIESEL
  • Unique rear moulding with the DIESEL logo
  • Special DIESEL branded upholstery in denim fabric and yellow stitching
  • Specific leather steering wheel with yellow stitching
  • DIESEL logo on the gear lever knob

In line with the Fiat 500C Lounge version, the 500CbyDIESEL will also be fitted with automatic climate control and rear parking sensors as standard. Prices for the Fiat 500CbyDIESEL start at £14,865 OTR for the 1.2-litre version and rise to £16,265 OTR (1.4-litre) and £17,265 OTR (1.3-litre MultiJet).

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.

TwinAir:

  • 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:

  • 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

October 2016

Fiat 500C Riva announced 500C TwinAir 85 or 105 or 1.3 Multijet trimmed out like a Riva powerboat with white leather, mahogany dash and solid mahogany gearknob. Seems that production cars are not coming through with the mahogany top to the white leather steering wheel.

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 AutoTM, 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.

What does a Fiat 500C (2009) cost?

List Price from £15,050
Buy new from £12,650
Contract hire from £137.65 per month