By on May 14, 2009

Dante Giacosa’s original 500 was an industrial design master class for mobilising Italy’s poor after the war. Fiat’s nuova 500 springs from no such noble sentiment; it is meant to convince the focaccia-buying classes there is an alternative in the baby premium market to the ubiquitous neue Mini.

Fiat’s incessant marketing of the car has tried hard to convince us this is a modern design classic, and rendered in the metal it is desperately pretty. In that shade of red that only the Italians seem able to mix, it stands out. I have never driven a car that has drawn so many favourable comments from complete strangers—traffic lights and petrol stations have suddenly begun turning me into an impromptu spokesperson for the thing.

External beauty does not always translate to inner beauty. Entering the cabin, the first thing that strikes you is just how colourful it is—the main panel of the dashboard is matched to the exterior colour. In red, with the binnacle, climate controls, stereo and steering wheel all in contrasting ivory, it’s a joyful reminder of how easy it is to jazz up an interior with contrast and shade. Not all combinations will be as successful though, so spec wisely.

It’s only once your attention wanders from the neat concentric speedo and rev counter that you notice everything else below the belt line is unremitting cheap grey crackle finished plastic, and just how they managed to build this thing for the price. Moulded-in cup holders, non-separate speaker grills, the handbrake doesn’t even get a separate gaiter. Right next to the handbrake is another ghastly cheap grey lever, the height adjuster for the driver’s seat. I lost count of the number of times I got the two mixed up—not a mistake to make when you’re doing J turns on a council estate . . .

Despite it’s proletarian undercarriage—the 500 is a Panda in a party frock after all—this is a car that, in the best tradition of small Fiats, simply begs to be driven on its door chrome handles. The 1.3 mulitjet diesel engine, despite its diminutive capacity and modest outputs (75bhp and 105 lb·ft respectively), is eager and responsive right the way up to its 4500rpm redline. With only 960 kg to haul around, there’s a noticeable swell in power once the tiny turbo comes alive, and the unit is quiet unless you really grind the pedal to the carpet, when it emits a not unpleasant thrum.

What will really make you smile is the way the car never feels slow, even in fifth at motorway speeds; it never feels breathless and always feels like it has more to give. Longish ratios help, although first is probably a touch under geared for fast getaways from the lights, as you’re at the limiter seemingly before your hand has left the gear knob. The gearshift is finger light, and occasionally confused by a swift third to second downshift, but otherwise fine.

Oil burners often get a bad reputation for royally ruining a car’s handling. No such nose heaviness here—the steering is accurate and responsive, but not particularly bothered by anything approaching feel. Turn in to a corner and once you’ve got a bit of speed on, roll becomes pronounced, the top hat styling pushing the body over to quite a degree. Avoid bumps mid swerve; you’ll think the rear suspension has become unbolted such is the severity of the resulting tank slapper. The outside rear squirms quite noticeably under load—perhaps the rear end just needs a fortnight’s worth of organic farmers market produce in the boot to weigh it down. All this bob and weave in the bends doesn’t mean big car ride. You can feel each wheel plonking in and out of disturbed urban tarmac surfaces, on less wrinkled roads it never truly settles down. Road roar would on journeys numbering hundreds of miles, have you reaching for the pain killers thanks to a tire compound undoubtedly chosen for economy over grip or comfort.

Comfort in the back is of the front seats right against the rear seats variety, and you’ll have to spend time with the options list for such modern motoring essentials as air con, a split fold rear seat and alloy wheels. Don’t bother with the Blue and Me integrated Bluetooth and media player. The hands free works fine but everything else is a voice-activated disaster.

So what we don’t have is new small car stuffed with big car quality and equipment. What we do have is a brilliantly styled, sorted, fun to drive small car that pulls off perhaps the hardest trick of all, that of making you feel good every time you use it.

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57 Comments on “Review: Fiat 500 1.3 Multijet...”


  • avatar
    PeregrineFalcon

    Soon to be sold as the Chrysler 500.

    Commuters, welcome to your new hell.

  • avatar
    kowsnofskia

    Since the 500 will likely (eventually) be coming to the US as part of the Chrysler/Fiat shotgun wedding, how does it seem to compare to the Versa/Fit/Yaris/Rio/etc…?

  • avatar
    dolo54

    I saw quite a few of these when I was in London a few weeks ago. They really are achingly beautiful. I would love one of those cars and I have no desire for a Mini whatsoever. It’s a truly classic design. Any chance you will get to review the killer Abarth 500? And any chance they are coming stateside?

  • avatar

    It’s smaller than those cars. No one currently offers a 2,200-pound car in the U.S., though the Aveo and Rio come closest.

    On the 500–Chrysler stumbled on the formula of cute and fun a few years ago, with the PT Cruiser. Then they failed to learn the lesson of that car, because it really didn’t fit the Chrysler brand.

    Here’s a thought–if the 500 isn’t sold here as a FIAT, it should be sold here as a Plymouth, which is what the PT Cruiser and a few additional similarly colorful and fun car models ought to have been.

  • avatar
    faygo

    500 is not a direct competitor to Fit/Versa/Yaris/Rio/Fiesta here in the US as it’s a reasonable amount smaller IIRC. certainly moreso than Versa/Fit/Fiesta/Rio, the Yaris seems smaller for whatever reason to me. it’s more a Mini than anything else, with similar functional compromises in pursuit of style. it’s very cool & desirable but it’s not going to save Chrysler – volumes too low to make the small margins meaningful.

    the best thing Fiat can do is bring back the Neon brand with the Grande Punto, sprinkle in the 500/Panda and some of their funkier MPVs and they might have something, albeit if they can find new customers. I guess Alfa intenders wouldn’t be any more scared off by Chrysler’s poor quality history than Alfa’s, so perhaps that will work too.

  • avatar

    I bet the Diesel will be lost in translation however.

    Like the 70 MPG-to-38 MPG Smart before it, it’ll be replaced by a gas engine which delivers fuel economy that leaves you wondering “why did they even bother?”

  • avatar
    Alpha Class

    I’d buy this instantly(or maybe the grande punto), I’d also like it if they kept the fiat nameplate, I’m not old like BOB, so the fiat/alpha name isn’t toxic to me.

  • avatar
    carm

    Why no interior pics?

  • avatar
    Seth L

    I can never get enough red in my cart interior. If the upholstery and plastic don’t look like they came from an explosion in an abattoir, I’m bored.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    It’s smaller than those cars. No one currently offers a 2,200-pound car in the U.S., though the Aveo and Rio come closest.

    Isn’t the Yaris (two-door, manual) the lightest “normal” car you can buy (at 2300lbs even)? I remember that statistic from when I was shopping and I was struck by how sprightly and fun-to-drive the base Yaris was, largely due to the lack of mass.

    I’d be worried about this car making it to North America. The CDI Smart that was sold in Canada was lighter but made similar power-to-weight and, while it felt sprightly around town, was dog-slow in practice (0-60 in >13s, passing was problematic). I liked it, and I could live with the limitations, but it was a really, really slow car.

  • avatar
    rudiger

    Given the praise and sterling review, one word would seem to sum up whether this will contribute to Chrysler’s survival or be their death-knell:

    Reliability.

    Considering Fiat’s (and Chrysler’s) track record in this department, I’m afraid I’d have to vote for the latter. Otherwise, it could have the exact same appeal as the smart fortwo.

  • avatar
    folkdancer

    I like light. The mostly U.S. idea of putting a big engine in everything is too crude. Like the carpenter who only has a hammer and thinks every problem can be solved with a hammer.

    A small car and small engine forces me to think ahead and helps me be a better driver.

    Looking forward to lots of cars like this.

  • avatar
    kovachian

    By the time all is said and done we’ll have a large car named the 300, and a dinky car named the 500. Counter-intuitive I know, just noticing. And Chrysler really did have a good thing going with the cutesy Neon (remember the “Hi.” commercials?) but of course they chose to kill it before the gas hike.

    I wish the 500 would be more useful for me because I love it’s styling, but it’s just too damn small for me since I don’t live in a cramped city and I do like to haul things bigger than a picnic basket sometimes.

    I’m still holding out for the Mito. When can we have a test drive of that? Actually I’d prefer the 159 but my gut tells me it’ll be just out of my wallet’s reach.

  • avatar
    sitting@home

    rendered in the metal it is desperately pretty

    Am I looking at the same photos as everyone else. The pictures I see are of some hideous red nondescript blob that resembles a
    BMW bubble car. Maybe its better looking in real life, but from all recent Fiats I’ve seen, I seriously doubt it.

  • avatar
    lukasz_kluj

    Sorry – doubleposted.

  • avatar
    lukasz_kluj

    Maybe you’ll find it interesting – this car is produced exclusively in Poland.

    I’m Polish and I can say – what interesting times do we live in – it is very likely the Poland will export a car to US :)

  • avatar
    Alpha Class

    What we need imported from poland are prince polo’s and finlandia redberry

  • avatar
    TonUpBoi

    I’m looking forward to it. And I’ve got fairly good memories of Fiat’s back in the day. I learned to autocross on a 124 roadster owned by my then-current girlfriend. And I remember Fiat’s as pretty good cars. Yeah, they were overstressed. The typical Italian habit of trying to get a quart of performance out of a pint bottle, so you had to be really up on maintenance. And no corner cutting.

    No, Fiat America’s problem back then was the dealers. For the most part, a bunch of quick-buck types working out of a converted gas station (that was the Erie, PA Fiat dealer at the time) with no parts stock, a low-paid beginner mechanic in the service bay, and absolutely no standards whatsoever regarding dealer performance.

    Maybe current Fiat’s are on the low side of reliability, but consider what that low side consists of nowadays – a reliability level that would have been beyond top-of-the-list incredible back in the 70′s and 80′s. And they’re quirky? That’s another definition of Italian. You want uber-reliable white-bread-on-four-wheels? Go see your local Toyota dealer.

    I’ll put up with a bit of niggling, just to have something that I adore driving every morning. On two wheels, that’s Ducati (definitely NOT Honda) and I still wish I had my 906 Paso. Cars are most likely the same.

  • avatar
    lukasz_kluj

    @Alpha Class

    You know Finlandia comes from… Finland :)

  • avatar
    Alpha Class

    cześć :) but they make the redberry version for poland only ;)

  • avatar
    MikeInCanada

    This could be the basis for an excellent family second car, or daughter goes to college hooptie.

    Any idea what this is going to cost me?

  • avatar
    Alpha Class

    if nissan can give us a clio hatch for 13k these guys should be able to do it for less!

  • avatar
    lukasz_kluj

    @Alpha Class
    Didn’t know :) Cześć!

    @MikeInCanada
    Prices in Europe are somewhere around 9.000 USD.

  • avatar

    Thanks, Adrian, for the review. I also dig the looks. How much leg room is there for the driver, and how comfortable is the driver seat (lumbar support?) and the ergonomics? BTW, can you guys review the Toyota iQ?

  • avatar
    Ferrygeist

    I’m with TonUpBoi and others on this. Like many of the better (best?) mechanical things in life, Italian and dare I say European cars in general aren’t quite as ‘set and forget’ as say Toyotas or Hondas (and it should be noted that Honda’s best car, the S2000, DOES require a little more of an involved, active owner to stay at its peak). Which, in the hands of the lazy, teethed on two ton steel land yachts, is a recipe for failure; or, put another way, an unsatisfying ownership experience and the self-induced false perception of a lack of quality.

    Which is not to say that Fiats didn’t sometimes auto-dismantle themselves. A 911 they are not. But more fun and sensible than most any Chrysler or Dodge they certainly are.

    Too, count me in with the above badge snobs who will simply not buy this car if it’s a Chrysler (and I say that as Jeep owner). Fiat, or forget it.

    For that matter, I would also welcome Peugeot (beat Audi at LeMans!!!), Renault, Citroen, Alfa (if it makes it in with Chryalfiat), etc. Small. Fun. Diesel. Driver’s cars. All these are good. More choice of such cars = good. What is currently available in this country = mostly bad.

  • avatar
    cmus

    I soooo can’t wait for these to get here. Now, I’d probably buy an Alfa Mito or 147 given the opportunity, but I’ll give the new Plymouth Neon Abarth 500 SRT4 a long hard look when it gets here…from Poland :p

  • avatar
    26theone

    Problem is they will be lucky to sell 75k a year if that many in the US. Seems a bit silly to pin so much hopes on this car to help Fiatsler.

  • avatar
    dolo54

    What you can’t tell from the pictures is the scale. This car is smaller than anything sold in the US except the smart, but unlike the smart it’s a 4 seater. Amazingly the two front seats will hold two normal sized Americans comfortably. Back seats are for kids or short trips only. Also, these pics don’t do it justice. It’s really beautiful in person. I was blown away, and I’m not a small car fan really. I mean I like smallish sports cars, but I hate minis, yaris(es?) and smarts. Really can’t stand those cars. This thing is completely different and you really have to see it in person. The details are amazing.

    And it’s purpose is purely city car, nobody in the Midwest will want one, but in any congested city it would be a great choice.

  • avatar
    tedward

    I’m looking forward to this car, but mostly because I remember my initial, pre-drive, reaction the MINI Cooper and how utterly wrong it was.

  • avatar
    T2

    A few comments. This is vehicle is intended as a commuter car. It’s not entirely fair, I think, to judge it on road trips of hundreds of miles as our reviewer just did.

    The diesel cutoff at 4500rpm is a joy squelcher, as with any diesel. For an even worse example, the turbodiesel Smart throws in the towel at 4200rpm and that made it almost undriveable to me.

    In contrast the 2035lb Echo with its gas powered 1.5L vvt-i engine is a hoot since the same 105lbs-ft of constant torque is there all the way up to 6000rpm.

    For those about to hoon, we salute you. But the trick is to be able to hold the same gear as long as possible since power builds with rpm. The declining torque of a diesel towards the top end forces an early shift. Reduced engine rpm in the next gear will mean reduced power. But why would anyone accept reduced power when accelerating ??
    Well obviously no one does willingly but the current antiquated multi-ratio gearbox/clutch system forces it on you.
    In that case nothing beats an Expanded Rpm power-bandwidth. In which case it’s simple. Gasoline power delivers.

    That said I was thinking this particular vehicle will probably be a lot more fun to drive in the gasoline variant.

    About that first gear moving off anomaly…..
    I think that generally diesels will have smaller ratios in the final differential to compensate for the higher torque/lower speed of the diesel ; that then allows the use of the same gearbox for both engines.

    However if for cost reasons designers wanted to avoid upgrading the clutch for the diesel, then by retaining the same final differential ratio they can limit the strain on the clutch when the diesel version moves off from rest. My take is they went with the same ratios, the upshot being the diesel got to the end of its tether that much sooner. Just sayin’.

    Can’t miss this opportunity to mention the Panda Aria concept with its parallel twin 900cc. Sure would like to see Fiat bring the Small Generation Engines over here. SGE’s would certainly give hybrids a run for their money.

  • avatar
    Adrian Clarke

    @Michael Blue

    I’m 6’2″ with size 11 feet and I fit fine without needing the seat rammed all the way back. Plus, I could comfortably wear a hat at a jaunty angle such is the headroom. I have on one particularly interesting night out, had five in the car (we were all friends..).

    There are no glaring ergonomic errors – the stereo controls are wheel bound – probably the worst is the Blue and Me combined media player and telephone. Doing anything apart from answering an incoming call involves navigating through menus via a one line lcd display….

  • avatar
    YellowDuck

    Saw plenty of these in Italy last June. They are indeed beautiful. But you kind of need to be familiar with the iconic original cinquecento to really get the styling exercise. What would a New Beetle look like to someone who never new the original? Just bulbous and wierd.

  • avatar
    phargophil

    I’m waiting for the Chrysler commercial featuring this car, showing a guy walking up to the car who asks the driver, “That thing got a Hemi?”

  • avatar
    hwyhobo

    I think they are quite pretty, but during my last visit to Europe I tried the Panda this seems to be based on, and with my 6’3″ (190cm), I had a real problem shifting and operating the clutch comfortably.

    BTW, I like the modern Punto. I take it Punto is bigger? Different styling, but quite good looking.

    @lukasz_kluj:
    Cześć! :)

  • avatar
    akear

    Nice car, but like the Astra it will fail in the States.

  • avatar

    I’m not convinced there’s a market for this car in the States under any brand either.

    Chrysler hit something hot with the PT Cruiser, then let it whither with a lack of freshening and redesigning it. They ceded the market to GM.

    No different with the Pacifica, it was hot right out of the gate and they screwed it up. It was worth redesigning but they didn’t. Ceding a market they had.

    Chrysler and GM both seem to be very good at that.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    no it’ll be a smashing success among the italophiles and latte set

    a symbol of the coming Fiat/Chrysler failure… like the Pontiac G8s… decent machinery just not a good fit for the adopted market

  • avatar
    kaleun

    WTF? Does anyone with eyes see what I see or does your browser show a different picture? That thing is supposed to rescue Chrysler? Mr. Fugly had a lovechild with Ms. Unreliability. Maybe Ms. Unreliability cheated on Mr. Fugly with Mr. Depreciation? Who knows.

    And how much would it cost in the US? Being imported from euro-land it sure won’t be able to compete with Kia price-wise.

    What about US crash test ratings? how long will it take them to become compliant? You know, there is a reason why many European cars are not sold here because it would be too expensive to have them pass both (US and EU) crash tests.

    I know looks are subjective and in that region price, fuel economy matter more. Are you sure this isn’t a picture from one of the 1970′s Polish Fiats with some smoothed corners?
    It sure beats an Aveo, but will it beat a Fit? Sold at a profit?

    I today walked around the Pontiac dealer and saw the G3. As expensive as the Fit but with mileage as my Mazda 3. WTF? And Aveo reliability and 100% depreciation in the first year. good luck! And now they want to bring a car even uglier, with completely unknown (or if known, then bad) reputation from the past and try to compete? At least Chrysler has some home-team advantage among some folks who ignore the bad product. Will Fiat have that same advantage? no…

    Unless they sell it really cheap, I don’t see many of them being sold. Fiat has the worst reputation in Europe, a bad one in the US from the past. I know they improved… but everyone else improved more.

    That is what the governments hope lays on? We are doomed…

  • avatar
    meefer

    @Alpha Class

    No mention of Chopin?

    Oh and there’s a car here somewhere, I just can’t seem to find it. As much as it doesn’t appeal to Americans, it’s not like Chrysler has a choice.

  • avatar
    FromBrazil

    This thing rocks! Unfortunately down here it’ll be priced out of its real worth as it’ll be sold as a nichy-imagy-haloy thingy.

    Too bad, but maybe 2nd hand? Though knowing that I’m a more practical sort of person, it’ll probably never grace my garage. But the city will look better with these things zipping around.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    There are one of two possible outcomes here. Either it’s going to be a terrific brand builder, winning friends and influencing people (most of those being single women), and a regular guest of Starbucks parking lots — in other words, the next MINI — or else it’s going to sink into the landscape with all the visibility of an Astra hidden under a tarp.

    It’s a coin toss. It’s a worth a shot. It’s going to work, or it isn’t. They can always sell the leftovers in Latin America if they can’t move them here.

  • avatar
    lukasz_kluj

    @hwyhobo

    Cześć – I see a big Polish community here :)

    You are right – Grande Punto is considerably bigger then Panda / 500. I’ve driven briefly both Panda & Punto and I’d say Punto is almost on Golf / Rabbit level. Panda has some problems in the driver’s leg department (unergonomic shape of the dashboard plastics).

  • avatar
    matt

    After seeing all kinds of FIAT’s and Alfa’s here during my time in Germany, I would welcome the return of these two brands to the US, assuming they aren’t completely unreliable. I would love to have a 159 as a DD or a 500 as a fun runabout car.

  • avatar
    matt

    Also, enough cannot be said about the glory that is Polish vodka. :-)

    I’m normally a whisky drinker, but a colleague brought back some Polish vodka with an unpronounceable name, and I was sold. It was a revelation.

  • avatar
    another_pleb

    Mr. Fugly had a lovechild with Ms. Unreliability. Maybe Ms. Unreliability cheated on Mr. Fugly with Mr. Depreciation?

    This car is based on the Fiat Panda, a car which is an absolute delight to drive, like the 500. The Panda has been on sale for a number of years now and always seems to finish near the top of reliability and customer satisfaction indices. Having driven Grande Puntos, Bravos and an ALFA recently, I can say that larger Fiats are improving very fast. It wasn’t so long ago that people told jokes about Skodas and Hyundais.

    Small, cheap (and reliable) cars such as these frequently have lower depreciation than larger, thirstier and more complicated machines.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I for one think that this car looks a lot better than the MINI and doesn’t make you feel like an estate agent as you drive along.

    Me? I went out and bought a Toyota Aygo. It was a very close run thing though.

  • avatar
    Buckshot

    If you want the cheapest and most economical transport device, this ain´t it.
    This car is NOT a competitor to small economic cars like Aveo, Yaris and Fiesta.
    Yes, it´s economical, but not the most economical.
    It´s an alternative to Mini.
    Theys should sell it as a Fiat in the US, or possibly just the 500, not a Chrysler.
    I want a blue one, named Luigi :-)

    Toyota IQ may be in the same niche, but they forgot to hire a designer.

  • avatar
    Kurt.

    I have to admin, the 500 is cute…and cute sells in America. I think reliability wise, it is no worse than Chrysler, probably better, even for a FIAT. It will do well, just like the MINI and the New Bug before it. Will is save Chrysler? Highly doubtful. It is just another wrench in the drawer. Just hope there are more to fit other nuts and bolts (Jeep, trucks, etc).

    No. You will not get an Abarth. Pelosi et al would never allow it.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    The Toyota Aygo is another car that is very smart and well designed. That kind of car inspires people with its cleverness. People want to buy cars like this. Designed by real engineers and made with a flair. People want to be emotionally moved by their cars. When the salesmen have a car that can enthusiastically get behind and a car embraced by customers, the job is easier for the company.

    American manufacturers have largely forgotten that.

  • avatar
    Mirko Reinhardt

    @rudiger :
    Given the praise and sterling review, one word would seem to sum up whether this will contribute to Chrysler’s survival or be their death-knell:

    Reliability.

    The Polish-made Fiat Panda has shown very good reliability in the ADAC reliability survey. Better than both Fit and Yaris. The 500 is made in the same factory on the same platform.

    http://www.adac.de/images/Pannenstatistik%202007_tcm8-214903.pdf

    The (Italian made) Grande Punto is grouped with the older Puntos in this survey, but as you can see the last few years get a “Very Reliable” rating too.

  • avatar
    westhighgoalie

    Who was it that suggested brining the Neon back?

    Stop smoking the cheebah. That was a terrible vehicle and its name should die along with the car.

  • avatar
    stevelovescars

    I spent some time in a friend’s 500 in the UK last year and my take was that it was a much more practical proposition than a Mini Cooper. It’s a lot lighter but much more space efficient inside. For a small family like mine it seems much more user friendly… I can’t even fit an umbrella stroller in the back of a Mini.

    I found the interior really pleasant… much better looking and apparently much better built that the Nissan Versa rental car I had at LAX a few months ago.

  • avatar

    As an owner of a Chrysler 300, I can’t understand what happened to Chrysler.

    Everyone I know thinks the PT cruiser was a smash hit. I personaly love seeing a 300C on the road. The Pacifica broke ground – practicaly inventing the crossover market.

    WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED????

    I love my 300 but I don’t wanna own a car from a bankrupt company.

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    Frankly, I can’t wait. Will I buy the standard one? the cabrio? (probably), the abarth (maybe).

    Cant wait. Dont care what they call it when it gets here. Red will be fine, perhaps Bugatti blue.

    The 1.3 deisel probably gets like 100 miles per gallon, too. Hope they dont stuff a hemi in it cause chrysler tells them that big engines are the way to go here.

    can’t wait.

    PS Kurt – “No. You will not get an Abarth. Pelosi et al would never allow it.”

    huh? what does Pelosi haev to do with 130 hp 4 cylinder engines?

  • avatar
    dolorean23

    …”rendered in the metal it is desperately pretty.”“…the 500 is a Panda in a party frock after all”

    Almost sounds like an episode of Top Gear.

  • avatar
    zerofoo

    This is the one I want:

    http://www.fiat.co.uk/500abarth/

    C’mon Fiatsler! Bring the 500 Abarth here to the US!

    -ted

  • avatar
    DarkSpork

    If reliability proves to be good I could see this car as a viable contender to the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, maybe even Mini (Mini would obviously be favored by people with the money for it). I’d be interested to see how it turns out when (if) it comes to the states. I just hope they offer the diesel and don’t pair it with a crummy automatic transmission (I think it would kill the car). My primary vehicle is ford Ranger that averages 10-15 mpg in the winter and 15-20 in the summer, I’d be interested in having it as a vehicle to commute in when the roads aren’t unbearable.

  • avatar
    Sinistermisterman

    I’m glad that the 1.3 diesel impresses – Fiat’s 1.3 8v petrol is weezing and completely underpowered even in the 500.
    If Fiat do something clever like bring the 500 over to North America – they’d be a lot more clever if they kept the Fiat badge on it – I mean who associates the Chrysler badge with cute, stylish, nippy & fuel efficient?


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