What is the Best First Car? – 1. Fiat 500

By: Lisa Harper

Nowadays, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your first car. While having plenty of choice is great, it can make it difficult to decide which car would be the best first car for you. To help out we will be taking a look at some of the best first cars available. Up first is the iconic Fiat 500. 

The Fiat 500 is one of the most popular choices among new drivers, and there are plenty of reasons why. From economic performance to desirable looks the Fiat 500 has it all.

Since its re-introduction in 2007, the Fiat 500 has gone from strength-to-strength. A modern interpretation of the original 500 it has an iconic retro vibe that has made it a real hit with the style conscious. 

Style and substance

Good first cars need to be practical but let’s face it we all want something that is great to look at too. Thanks to its characterful appearance you can’t go wrong with the Fiat 500. With a variety of vibrant colour options, it is easy to stand out from the crowd and thanks to a range of customisable options it is possible to get something a little different. 

If you’re buying a new Fiat 500, you’ll have great fun making your car as individual as you are. While those looking for a used Fiat 500 model will have no problems finding a unique example as there is an incredible selection of differently styled interior and exterior designs to choose from. You can even enjoy open-top motoring thanks to the convertible Fiat 500C, which comes with a power-retractable soft top roof.

The interior of the Fiat 500 is full of expression thanks to the retro-styled buttons and knobs. While the colourful interior and stylish two-tone dashboard enhance the styling making the Fiat 500 more appealing than many other city cars. 

In today’s ever-connected society it is likely that when you are looking for your first car, you will want a car equipped with at least some technology. Luckily, as the Fiat 500 was designed to appeal as a first car, it has always benefitted from a variety of high-tech features and technology. This includes Bluetooth connectivity, a voice-activated navigation system and a smart infotainment system controllable via a touchscreen. While features such as air-conditioning, rear parking sensors and a touchscreen entertainment system are sure to help make journeys less stressful. 

Is the Fiat 500 an affordable first car?

When you are looking for a first car, it is important to consider the running costs. The Fiat 500 is available with three Euro 6 efficient engines including a 1.2-litre 69hp engine, a 1.2-litre Dualogic engine with 69hp and a 0.9-litre TwinAir 85hp. The entry-level 1.2-litre petrol has a top speed of 101mph and delivers around 55.4mpg. Whereas, the more efficient 0.9-litre engine has a top speed of 106mph and should manage around 60.1mpg. Whichever you opt for, you can be sure of good efficiency and plenty of miles for your money. 

The 500 is one of the best first cars for insurance and frequently features on lists of the most affordable cars to insure, so is a great option for new drivers. Depending on which model you opt for the Fiat 500 falls between insurance groups 5-15, meaning it is in the lowest third of insurance categories. 

On top of that, if you decide to buy a brand new Fiat 500 you can benefit from a three-year warranty with an unlimited mileage limit. What’s more, the Fiat 500 holds its value well so if you will be selling it a few years down the line, then it is a sensible choice.

Things to consider when buying your first car

When you are considering what is the best first car to get it is important to look at the negatives as well as the positives. So while the 500 has plenty of things going for it, roomy rear passenger space is not one of its strong points. It will manage to carry rear passengers on short journeys, but for longer journeys passengers are likely to find it a little cramped. On top of that, it is only available as a three-door so rear passengers will have to clamber into the back via the front doors. However, up-front the driver and passenger do get plenty of space, and there are a number of useful cubby holes for storage.

Is the Fiat 500 a safe first car?

Whether you are a newly qualified driver or have been driving for a while but are just getting your first wheels, it is important to make sure the vehicle you buy is safe. The Fiat 500 comes with seven airbags including a driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags. It also benefits from tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS brakes and Isofix child seats and the hazard lights come on automatically under hard-braking. 

Buying a Fiat 500 as your first car

The Fiat 500 is a more affordable first car than similar small stylish cars like the Mini and proves that driving in style doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. While thanks to a range of personalisation options it is easy to get a model as unique as you are.

At Stoneacre, we have a selection of new, nearly new and used Fiat 500’s available for sale. So whatever you are looking for you are sure to find your ideal Fiat 500. What’s more, all of our cars are available with flexible finance packages that can be tailored to your preferred deposit contribution and monthly terms. Why not get in touch with our friendly team and let them find the right Fiat 500 on the right deal for you? Or to take a look at the Fiat 500 in the metal, pop into your local Stoneacre Fiat branch

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