By: Lisa Harper
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Fiat first sold the 500 back in the 1950’s and had an 18 year production period before it was shelved. But then in 2007 with an increasing number of people wanting small cars ideal for urban driving, the 500 was re-introduced to the market. Fiat was careful to retain the essence of the original 500 whilst ensuring it met the needs of the current car market. The result was one of the most attractive small cars that’s unique and quirky styling is unmistakable and has become truly iconic.
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The 500 is a small car so was never designed to regularly carry adult passengers in the rear. You’ll find that whilst there is plenty of space for front passengers, rear space is more cramped. This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re only planning on short trips with adults in the rear passenger seats, however if you regularly need to carry adult passengers you’d be better taking a look at larger hatches. The boot space of the 500 is also compact but is more than capable of carrying a weekly shop.
The Fiat 500 will cover motorways satisfactorily, however bear in mind its more at home on urban streets where it offers nippy performance, nimble handling and is a doddle to park.
The 500 comes is 3 levels of trims, ‘Pop’ is the entry level variant and comes with electric front windows and door mirrors, steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB and AUX connections and key fob locking. Air-con, metallic paint and Electronic Stability Control were optional, so it is possible to pick up used models in this trim level with these added extras.
The Lounge trim is currently the most abundant on the used car market and offers a step up from the Pop trim. There is Bluetooth, air-con, 15” alloy wheels, glass roof, leather wrapped steering wheel and split folding rear seats as standard. For those looking for something a bit sportier then the Sport trim is more athletic looking and comes with a rear spoiler, sports trim, fog lights and climate control.
There are also a number of special edition models which come in a range of eclectic paint colours and varying trim levels. They are great if you’ve set your heart on a specific used Fiat model as they offer distinctive stand out from the crowd features. Also as new Fiat 500 have multiple personalisation options it’s easy to pick up a unique looking used model. There is even the option to get a stylish cabriolet style 500, the Fiat 500C, which has a panoramic sunroof which opens to the boot lid.
The Fiat 500 performed exceptionally in Euro NCAP testing scoring an impressive 5 stars. Safety features of note include front, side, curtain and knee airbags as well as ISOfix child-seat mounting points all as standard.
Servicing of your Fiat 500 will be required every 2 years or every 18,000 miles, whichever comes first. It is possible to get an interim service at around 9,000 miles if wanted. The Fiat 500 will require a cam belt change at around 74,000 miles/5 years. Other regular maintenance costs come from the air-con refresh that is required every 3 years and the brake fluid will need draining and replacing every couple of years.
At Stoneacre we make buying a used car easier. We offer a comprehensive range of finance packages and no deposit deals on all of our used Fiat 500 vehicles to make buying your next car more affordable. We also carry out a range of checks on all of our used Fiat 500 models offered for sale, so you can be confident you’re getting a great quality vehicle.
For an alternative to the Fiat 500 why not look at its main rival MINI, if offers similar unique stand out from the crowd styling to the 500. However it’s the Ford Ka that is the most similar in build and performance to the Fiat 500, sharing many of its components it’s well worth a look. Whilst the Volkswagen Up and SEAT Mii are both also excellent small city cars.
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