2008 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4

Summary:

Brilliant, love it, can't wait for the Arbarth to hit Australia

Faults:

Found a scratched alloy wheel at delivery, which was changed for a new one immediately.

General Comments:

Ours is the top of the range Sport, with all the toys, and it's fast enough to be seriously fun.

Firm suspension in a short wheelbase means it can bounce occasionally, but great on a windy road.

Some of the best seats I've used.

Amazing build quality, with German feel, but Italian flair.

Factory fitted engine and steering remap sport button is a brilliant feature

Incredibly frugal for such a fun car. Averages around 5.0 l per 100km and 5 star safety

I can even get a mountain bike in the back with space to spare

More fun to drive than my previous car, a 2008 golf R32 DSG, not quicker (although not far off - heavy car, the Golf), just a lot more engaging

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2009

20th Jun 2009, 11:10

Good review but sorry, the R32 is considerably more fun to drive than a 500. The R32 is constantly planted and handles so well. You can't really compare an AWD 3.2 V6 to a FWD 1.4 4 anyway. Yes the Golf is heavy, but it's still much faster than a 1.4 500. Just to clarify, I am not an R32 owner and never have been, and I am certainly not a person to think that more power equals more fun, I just think you're wrong.

21st Jun 2009, 22:33

Hi,

I don't think I'm wrong necessarily, just we have different points of view. Having owned an R32 for a while I was wowed by its power and grip sure, but, there are few places that you could actually use those effects safely outside of a race track and frankly after a while I got bored with it, it just couldn't hold my attention.

Sure the 500 is not as quick, especially on a twisty road in the wet (it's not that far off though), but the way it delivers it power and the exceptional chassis means it is a real drivers car with a great deal of character and extremely involving to own.

For less than half the cost, it's very good.

12th Mar 2011, 22:09

How is the reliability of your Fiat? The North American version of the 500 is finally coming to Canada where I live (not sure about the Abarth however). I currently have a 2007 VW GTI that has been a reliability nightmare, and I am hoping that the 500 is going to be the ticket to happiness for me again. I have test driven a US-import 2008 R32, and have to agree with your comments... it feels very nose heavy and is understeer prone, especially compared to my GTI, and my car isn't considered a lightweight by any means...