Fiat 500 Reviews

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth 1.6 turbo from North America

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.6 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

Smiles for miles, amazing bang for the buck!

Faults:

I have had zero issues with this car at this time.

General Comments:

I was very unsure of the brand, and looked for months at many different vehicles, but I ended up with this Abarth and could not be happier.

It is not the fastest car on the road, but it sure sounds like it is, and it could not be more fun to drive.

Exhaust note is great, my wife said no way as soon as she heard it start at the dealer. Then we drove it and opinions quickly changed. It's perfect, sporty and mean sounding, but fades away to nothing once cruising at speed.

Easy to get in and out of, and comfortable to drive, even on longer trips.

The handling is amazing, and it's my favorite part of driving this car every day.

Cons - the headlights are too bright. I mean, that's not really a con for me, but I get flashed by other drivers every single time I drive at night in the country. I assume after I flash back they are blind and in the ditch behind me LOL?

Great handling means the bumps can be rough at time on bad roads, though this issue is mostly specific to the Abarth model due to the sport suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2014

28th Mar 2014, 18:25

Headlights are a simple fix. Have the dealer adjust them at the next oil change.

2013 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4 I4 from North America

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2013
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.4 I4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired230 miles
Most recent distance2000 miles

Summary:

A car for cities -- which is where most of us spend ALL OF OUR TIME

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I am most often behind the wheel of 4x4 vehicles. I'm not married to that arrangement, but that's just how things work out between employment and weekend activities (you are NOT going to take the Fiat 500 down the ol' access road or abandoned logging road).

I do drive regular cars, here and there, and have pretty strong opinions about what a car should do: handle very well; go quickly; use relatively little fuel; not be a money pit; not look like a sculptural interpretation of the color Beige; carry four passengers and/OR have impressive track times. The Fiat 500 does most of these.

The engine is fine for urban driving and will pull you along the highways. I have not taken this model on a proper road trip and have no idea how it would react to mountain passes. I do not like the sound of the engine when it is tasked -- like a lawnmower. I wouldn't suggest that this equates to durability issues, but to my ears it does sound sloppy and unrefined.

Despite the clunky engine feel, the Fiat 500 is still fun to rev-up and zip through and around bothersome traffic.

Handling is great. This IS a city car and it does the city well. Cornering is very good and requires little braking compared to compacts like the Corolla or Civic.

The interior is odd, like an upmarket fast-food joint. Not really my thing, but I have seen much worse. Seats and dash scuff-up easily, but you can just buff 'em out.

Seating and storage are somewhat limited. However, I hope that no one would purchase this as a family car, and not doing so would leave a lot of storage with the rear seats down -- plenty for groceries or the typical owner's trip to Ikea or whatever. Not sure that I would make adults sit in back for longer than 10 minutes. Comfort is just average, though the seat backs are nice and tall.

Fuel efficiency is good, though my mind is not blown given the car's low size and weight. Around 33 MPG in town.

Live in a good-sized city? Hate trying to work your way around awful urban planning and traffic jams? This thing might do the job.

I do not understand the whole (USA only) tiny-car-as-fashion-statement trend, and find it and the participants annoying. In the end, though, I think that the Fiat 500 transcends this stupidity by being good at what it's made for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd September, 2013

4th Feb 2014, 15:05

Don't worry about fuel mileage. When I first bought my Pop, I was getting 38 MPG in mixed driving. Now after around 12,000 miles, I'm averaging 41 MPG mixed driving. I guess it needed a break-in period. I have had zero problems with my Pop. I will buy another... too much fun to drive compared to other "boring" cars.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 14 reviews