Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge Glass Roof Review
A mini alternative

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
11 Jun 2008
 

First Volkswagen's Beetle, then Mini's Cooper, and now Fiat's 500. We're very sure iconic comeback cars have a special place in some of you drivers - now lets see whether the latest incarnation of the 500 impresses...

Introduction

I’m pretty sure you’ve already read all the raving reviews of the new Fiat 500 from other publications. And I’m sure, they’re all pretty impressive enough to just let you fall for it yourself, right? If you’ve fallen for it, don’t worry – you’re still sane. Like me.

The 500, also known as (cue Italian accent) “Cinquencento” back in Italy, first came about back in 1957. Marketed as a cheap and practical town car, it redefined the term “small car” and at the same time shows just how town cars should be made.

To have a body shaped like that in 1957 just goes to show how much of an icon it’s meant to be - something to join in the ranks of the Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle. And again, like the two iconic cars, the Fiat 500 gets resurrected in a new, more modern look.

Calling it “quirky” doesn’t seem right. Aptly, “loveable” sounds better…Don’t you think so? Goes to show that when it comes to automotive styling, the Italians still have the ability to stand on their own to make it as modern and unique as possible - but still holding on to the original plot.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1242cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 11.1:1
Bore x Stroke (70.8 x 78.9)mm
Power 69bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 102Nm @ 3000rpm
Power to Weight 79.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 12.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 160 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 19.6 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic

Measurements

Body Type 3 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(3546 x 1627 x 1488) mm
Wheelbase 2300 mm
Kerb Weight 865 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 35 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums