Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is a small three door car, two doors and a hatchback boot, there is room for four adults and light luggage but not for too long a journey. The Fiat 500 is just about the best looking car on the roads today, it’s almost impossible to pass one without raising a smile. If you only have need for a small car then the Fiat 500 will keep you happy come rain or shine. The Fiat 500 is not only fun to drive and great to look at inside and out it is also safe, receiving the NCAP 5 star award (the top award) and award winning, European Car of the Year 2008.

 

The Fiat 500 comes in 5 trim levels, Pop, Lounge, Sport, Star and Rockstar. Lounge is the pick as it adds a 7 inch touchscreen, 15 inch alloys, rear parking sensors, fog lights, Cruise control and air conditioning, MY20 cars add Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Star cars have 16 inch Alloys, a glass roof and a 7 inch instrument cluster. Two special editions are also available in ‘launch Edition’ and ‘Dolcevita’ which are only paired to the mild hybrid option with a manual gearbox.

 

 

There are three petrol engines available for the Fiat 500, the the much lauded 0.9 litre 84bhp twin air which is fast and fun, 10 seconds 0-62 and top speed of 117 mph, economy is a claimed 67.3 miles per gallon but it can prove to be a little thirsty when driven hard. The 69bhp 1.2 litre petrol (manual or semi automatic) is a sprightly little thing with a top speed is 99 miles per hour and 0-62 mph is achieved in a very respectable 12.9 seconds combine this with 53.3 Miles per gallon (combined official) and you have yourself a cracking little city car. The new 1.0 litre mild hybrid can offer a (very) small assistance under acceleration and for economy on the 69bhp engine.

 Spring Best Buy – Fiat 500 1.0 69bhp ‘Mild Hybrid’ ‘Red’ trim 3dr  Manual – Nil Advance Payment (£65.79 wpms)

 

Electric Fiat 500

The Electric 500 is avaialble in two configurations, a 24kWh battery paired to a 70kW motor which will give a claimed range of 118 miles. Charging on an 11 kW point will take around 2h 30m or 3h 30m on a 7 kW unit. This model can rapid charge at up to 50 kW DC, 0-80% charge takes 30 minutes This model is avaialble at Nil Advance Payment in the single ‘Action’ trim.  The larger output 500 fitted with a 42kWh battery and 87kW motor is the better option as the range increases to a claimed 199 miles, charging from an 11 kW point will take around 4h 15m but the larger battery version can still recharge from 0-80% in 30 minutes from a suitable DC point as it is able to draw power at an increased rate of 88kW. Prices start at £95 in the ‘Red’ trim or £295 in Icon trim and top out at the luxury La Prima at £1495 Advance Payment.

 

Abarth 595

Abarth make a performance version of the Fiat 500, this is about as much fun as you can have on 4 wheels. The 1.4 litre petrol T-Jet engine paired to an automatic gearbox, only a single Abarth is now on the Scheme (April 2022), the 165hp Truismo  (0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds) which can return respectable 41.5 miles per gallon. This is the most thrills available on the Motability Scheme, there is not a lot of room for the family however. Sadly prices increased by £800 for Q2 2022, the advance Payment is now £1495 (£332 wpms).

 

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