2012 Fiat 500 Pop 1.4L gasoline from North America
Great fit and finish
Previous owner replaced shifter boot under warranty.
I bought this base model Pop used and I am very happy with the fit and finish. This car has everything you need and nothing you don't need. If you want a car with many extra large cup holders and lots of little storage compartments, then this car isn't for you. I love that it is simple.
I have no complaints about the quality of materials. Being that it is a compact car, I thought it would be a noisy rattle-trap on the road, but it is the smoothest and quietest car I have ever known.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th July, 2015
6th Jul 2015, 10:49
'Fit and finish' is usually a term reserved for how well panels come together. If you have gaps between panels, or they don't fit properly, the car is said to have poor fit and finish.
I think the term you're looking for is 'equipped'; having only a few cup holders means a car is less equipped than one with more. Being more equipped means having more features (but in this case, you're saying that less is more). A Cadillac Escalade EXT might have leather seats, navigation system, and 4WD; a Honda Accord might have none of these, and the Cadillac is considered to be more (or better) equipped.
I'm surprised the Fiat has quality materials, considering the price point. I rented a 2014 Mirage about a year ago, and it was decent in this category, too.
PS I see your last car was a RAV-4. A very loud car indeed. I used to work at a Toyota dealership, and every generation RAV-4 was loud, raspy, and thirsty (even the newest one).
6th Jul 2015, 21:06
Yes, I think you articulated what I was trying to say. I saw that some complained that the plastics and other materials of this car seemed cheap to them, but I feel exactly the opposite. This car feels very solid and tight to me. Not to compare apples to oranges, but the hood of this car doesn't flap like it would on my RAV4. I think this car is a great value if you were in the compact car market.