Get to Know: Fiat 500

The Fiat 500, an unmistakable Italian icon. The cute retro styling has been a massive hit since Fiat announced they would be bringing the classic back to life in 2007.

The story began way back in 1957 with the rear-wheel-drive Cinquecento (Italian for five hundred). A little under 3 metres long, this was one of the original ‘city cars’ and it was hugely popular, selling almost 4 million units before they ceased production in 1975!  The first models featured rear hinged ‘suicide doors’ and a 0.5 two-cylinder engine producing just 13bhp and a rather dreary top speed of 53mph.

Thankfully, with the latest generation 500 you get a little more oomph. You can choose from three front-wheel –drive petrol engines. The 1.2 69bhp (top speed of 99mph), the 0.9 Twinair 85bhp (top speed of 107mph) and the 0.9 Twinair 105bhp (top speed of 117mph).

You can customise this little car to your hearts content. Choose from a ton of different wheels, interior options, body stickers, side badges, paint colours and loads of ‘second skins’ to fit your style.

The perfect city car. 3.5 metres long, a 9.3-metre turning circle and a perfectly reasonable 550 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded down.

Trim Levels:

500 Pop:

  • 14-inch wheels with covers
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Chrome-plated door handles
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Electric front windows
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Radio with USB and AUX
  • 7 airbags

500 Pop Star:

  • All of the features on the 500 pop
  • 15-inch alloys
  • Heated, electric door mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats

500 Lounge:

  • All of the features on the 500 pop star
  • Fixed sun roof (not available on the 500C)
  • Chrome kit
  • Leather steering wheel with audio controls
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Fog lights
  • Cruise control
  • 5-inch Touch screen radio with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and DAB

500S:

  • 15-inch satin graphite alloy wheels
  • 500S front and rear bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body coloured side-skirts
  • 500S chrome exhaust tip
  • Satin graphite mirror covers and exterior details
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Leather sport steering wheel with audio controls
  • Sport seats with 500s logo
  • Fog lights
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 50/50 split folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable driver’s seat
  • Cruise control
  • 7-inch HD touch screen radio with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and DAB
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto

The Fiat 500 is a cheerful runabout with retro style but truly modern engines and functions.

We’ve been stocking up on used Fiat 500’s at our West Malling branch, so pay us a visit and have a look at these quirky cars yourself! Or check out our stock here

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