2015 Fiat 500 Base from UK and Ireland


Cheap, underpowered, badly designed rubbish


Engine management fault.

General Comments:

I lived with this car as a hire car whilst on holiday in Sardinia. It was without doubt, the worst car I have EVER driven (I have driven many different vehicles).

On the car I hired, the engine faltered just after clutch release, causing a dangerous lack of progress as I was trying to enter traffic. The engine was so weak that even on the most gentle of inclines, it was necessary to change to 4th; on a noticeable incline it was 3rd gear straight away, and on any moderate incline it was a 2nd gear job. On minor roads without the momentum of movement, I had to tackle steep slopes in 1st gear.

The steering wheel is very slightly offset in comparison to the seating position, so this caused back ache after a long time driving. The driving position is awful. The A pillar becomes so wide at the base that vision is difficult when at an angled junction. When reversing, the B and C pillars seriously interfere with your rear vision.

The boot is so small it could not even hold two Ryanair sized suitcases without the back seats being put down.

The car barely had effective air con.

Despite the clearly small engine, I didn't think it was particularly economic to drive either.

The whole car was truly awful, in my opinion. I hardly ever review, but I was so dissatisfied with this car I felt I had to write this. Never again will I drive a FIAT.

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

Review Date: 23rd September, 2015

28th Sep 2015, 19:53

I think your review is possibly in the minority.

What was the engine? That twin cylinder jobbie? I have read they need to be worked hard to maintain decent progress, and that affects economy massively against what's quoted by FIAT. Having said that, it isn't the only car that is affected that way!!

I recently had a C1 3 cylinder on hire, and that was a cracker - again it needed to be worked hard, but it went about things very enthusiastically, and did a rock solid 49.5 MPG no matter how I drove it.

29th Sep 2015, 23:07

He must be talking about a "twin". I have a 13 N.A. Sport, which has more power and speed than is needed. I average 42 MPG mixed driving, with the best being 44 MPG on a 3 hour trip to Cumberland Lake from the N. Ky. area. During the break in period, I took it up to 125 mph for a few minutes. At that speed, I was amazed at how quiet the cabin was and how stable the car felt. I also had plenty of pedal left, so I could have gone faster if I had desired.

My Sport does not seem to have any "cheap" parts on the interior; the entire car seems to display very solid quality, both inside and out. On long trips, the driver's seat is extremely comfortable, with my longest trip being 9 hours one way, from N. Ky. to Michigan.

This is my 2nd Fiat 500, and will NOT be my last. One "Youtube" video described the Fiat 500 as "the perfect ride", and I have to agree with that statement from ownership experience.