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2012 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4 from North America

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer


Style over substance


The worst quality plastics I have seen in a car, including 1980s Yugos. Door panels scratch after jeans brush them.

Vinyl seats stain with a whitish stain after elbow contact.

The vehicle is filled with squeaks and rattles after less than 8,000 miles -- something I would not expect of a $20,000 "premium small car".

The tires lose air pressure and require constant refills.

The Bose audio system causes buzzes and rattles throughout the car when turned up to a merely adequate volume.

The rear fold-down seats rattle and squeak due to loose attachments to the latch.

The driver's seat has loose portions that "thud" and "clunk" around during acceleration, stops, and sharp turns.

The control buttons for the climate system are beginning to stain and change color after the buttons have been pressed a few times.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute disappointment.

I purchased it to get a "premium small car" with plenty of comfort, decent handling and good fuel economy for a grueling urban commute.

What I got was a pimped up cheap econobox, with flashy styling features that wear away fast, and decent handling.

The quality of this car's interior is utterly appalling. I would have expected better from a $9,000 Kia. The plastic used in the doors can literally be scratched by having your blue jeans rub against the door. I've owned seven other cars, and none of them had cheap, soft plastic like this car.

The quality of the other interior components is way below par, especially for the price point. The vinyl seats are starting to stain at just 8,000 miles, and scrubbing with warm water and a cloth doesn't help that much. The buttons on the dashboard are staining due to simple finger contact. The driver's door armrest is staining similarly to the vinyl seat.

The entire car's fit-and-finish seems okay on visual inspection, but start to drive it and lots of flaws emerge after just a couple of months of ownership. My driver's seat has a "clunk" inside of it that feels like a slipping anchor point, poorly mounted internal airbag, or some other component that is "thumping" at hard stops, starts, or turns. The entire car is a creaky, rattly mess -- my 2001 Sebring convertible had fewer squeaks, rattles and body flex noises after 8 years than this car has in less than 8 months of ownership. The rattles and buzzes are so bad at speed that one has to raise his voice to have a conversation.

Mechanically, the car has been reliable (something that's reasonable to expect just eight months into the ownership experience), but overall the quality of this car is WAY below what it should be for the price. Resale values reflect this -- the car has already depreciated by over 35%, a much steeper hit than other comparably priced cars.

If this was a $10,000 car, I wouldn't be so harsh, but for the $17,000 to almost $30,000 (in Abarth trim) that this vehicle sells for, almost everything about the build quality and materials should be much, much better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2013

18th Jan 2013, 18:57

I am wondering if maybe you happened to get a lemon, it does happen. So far, my Fiat 500 (going on 3,000 miles) still looks the exact same inside, no "scratches" at all. Also, still tight, no squeaks or rattles, no leaking air pressure, not one fault. Actually, the more I drive it, the more impressed I am with it. Sorry you are not satisfied with your purchase.

2012 Fiat 500 Pop from North America

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired250 miles
Most recent distance350 miles


Fun pocket rocket at a good price


Nothing yet, it's new.

General Comments:

I bought a 2012 demo model Fiat 500 Pop 5 speed yesterday after doing a lot of research.

At this point in time, all I can comment on is performance, comfort, and features.

I am amazed at all of the features that come standard on the basic model Pop. It came with electric windows/door locks, cruise, A/C, stereo with CD, traction control, wireless phone system through steering wheel commands, a sport button on the dash, which tightens up the steering and power ratio; on for winding country roads, and off for expressway; heated mirrors, etc. The list goes on for features included in this little car.

The front seats are very comfortable. They adjust up and down, as well as regular adjustments. All controls, as well as the shifter, are at your fingertips, very convenient.

These cars are priced way below similar cars with same features. I purchased from a Fiat dealer, and the staff were no pressure, very professional and nice. I took the vehicle home overnight prior to purchase for an "extended" test drive. It is a blast to drive, very peppy, and comfortable and quiet on interstate cruising.

I cannot comment at this time on how dependable the vehicle will be, however I will post again in the future.

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

Review Date: 30th November, 2012

3rd Dec 2012, 16:32

"These cars are priced way below similar cars with same features."... but you don't mention anywhere in your review how much you paid??? If you got such a great deal, then speak up and tell us.

4th Dec 2012, 22:54

The sticker on the window said $16,200.00. However, it was a demo model with 200 miles on it, so I ended up getting it for $13,500.00. I thought that was a pretty good deal... how about you?

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