1997 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting from UK and Ireland - Comments

20th Jan 2001, 15:52

Spax will lower the car 40mm, just give them a ring!!!

4th Feb 2001, 18:59

Well the Fiat has plenty of style.

You should not be using a mobile in your car, you should be listening to that horrid Fiesta rattle.

4th Feb 2001, 19:02

Yeah, the Fiat probably doesn't do 115 mph, but Fiesta's are crap and dull. I'd have a Fiat over the rest any day!!!

18th Feb 2001, 06:40

I don't know why you love them, I think they are cheap and nasty, and before you think I own a Fiesta, I don't... I own a Cinquecento Sporting and the performance is pants!. I have got a K&N induction kit, Peco DTM system and also had it superchipped, but it's still pants! I don't know how you got that speed but I think you are wrong! I must admit that it does handle well, but it's just the crap build that lets it down. That's why I'm getting a Bravo 2.0 HGT.

8th Mar 2001, 10:09

Cinquecento Sportings won't do over 100 mph, unless you turbo them. All the tuning mods under the sun short of fitting the Punto 1.2 Sporting 16v engine or Hormann turbo kit give you bugger all extra performance.

Standard the car does about 95 mph, with exhaust and filter you may see 97 mph. Not many tuning mods are available. I fitted a Punto R reg crashed sporting 1.2 16v engine 86 bhp. I fitted a custom back box, and exhaust and K&N cold air kit.

The speedos is inaccurate, I timed it against my mates Mondeo 2.0 and it does 110 mph + genuine. Beats a 1.6 Almera on acceleration, whereas a standard engine car gets drilled by a 1.0 16v Micra.

28th Mar 2001, 11:43

I wish reviewers would understand two things when claiming there car's top speed is well above the manufacturers figure:

1) The figure a manufacturer quotes is based on the car traveling on a flat, level road, not a five mile downward stretch on a motorway.

2) Standard car speedos usually read well above the cars actual speed at the top end (up to 10%).

I have had nearly 100 out of a 1 litre Metro going down a slight dip but it would struggle to do 85 on a level road.

24th May 2001, 09:14

I destroyed a Cinqy sporting in a race with my 1.35 Micra Sport+, and even that cannot do 0-60 in 10 seconds!

6th Jun 2001, 08:45

Listen boys. Fiesta's are alright but what's better, crappy Essex dustbin or an Italian designed car. The Fiesta is way too common with so many old people driving them, I wonder if the car is aimed at old people?? Cinq sportings are phatt. I had a mark 2 Fiesta as my first car, fair enough it wasn't the best car but it got me around. Cinq's however are wicked little motors which turns heads. I've got a 1997 P reg in Broom Yellow with the Abrath side skirts. Kept the rest of the car standard to keep the Italian 'look'.

17th Jun 2001, 14:07

I would like to see your face if I ever pulled up in my 1.6 Zetec Sport at the lights next to you! Dull granny 1.6 Zetec sports, guess again!

19th Jul 2001, 13:33

The mk1 + mk2 Fiesta, and possibly the mk 3 Fiesta Flight are slower, have less appeal, are nasty looking, and have nasty performance compared the little cinqy. Saying this, the mk4 + mk5 will go faster, but the cinqy owner will still be smiling cause this little car has bags of class and turns heads. Who needs performance figures when this little car is cool. I have a Fiat Panda and it leaves mk1 + mk2 Fiestas and 1.1 Novas behind. They try, but the little cinqy is great. And I'm getting one soon.

30th Aug 2001, 08:41

Hi.

But would your Panda outrun my 1.6 Zetec Sport?! And does it have more style?... I think not!

25th Jan 2002, 15:50

Hello.

To start off with, driving a Fiesta Zetec Sport just looks like you're trying a little too hard to look cool - and failing. A Cinquecento Sporting owner is not trying, just succeeding in looking good and obviously has less to prove.

12th Aug 2002, 15:48

Whilst the Cinq will not set any land speed records I manage 55 miles in 60 minutes through London from Herts to Surrey every weekend.

Mines got and Eibach kit, 14 inch Abarth wheels (note correct spelling) and 195/45 toyo tyres. It is a go-kart. But for those who don't know it has never been to Italy.

The Cinq and Seicento are both made in Poland in I believe a place called Tychy. They are poorly made, not that reliable and not that cheap.

However they are one of the most fun cars I have ever driven, and believe me I get to drive Ferraris and Maseratis for a living.

21st Sep 2002, 14:41

I own a 1996 P plate Cinquecento Sporting 1.1i.

They can certainly leave those big long BMW's! even though they may not be the fastest, they are stylish, cool and SEXY with the women (especially when you sit it on top of 14 of even 15" wheels, as if it's standing tall on its high heels!). Listening to the lovely revving sound, I've never heard anything as great in my life. With all Fiats, you certainly know you're driving one.

Most of the cars these days all look the same. No shape, originality or fun. All I ever see behind me are Silver Vectras which are boring or F reg Fiestas with rust attacking out from the arches.

But Cinqs, Seicentos and most other Fiats are so pleasing and different.

Would confidently recommend one, and always will. For the specific job Cinqs were intended for - THEY ARE THE BEST THERE IS!

Keep up your heads, and be proud of your Cinq!

Mitch.

28th Sep 2002, 12:46

Some really funny comments here.

Tiny cheap ugly slow horrible car the Cinq sporting.

19th Nov 2002, 09:16

I bought a R reg broom yellow Cinqucento Sporting about 6 months ago, and I love it to bits! No its not perfect and yes there are faster cars, but there is something about it that just makes you love it. Maybe it is that fixed cheesy grin plastered on your face when you drive it?!!?

Anyway, I'm sure Fiesta's and Saxo's are very good (even tho I hate saxos anyway) but not everyone one wants to look like a sad little boy racer, some people want to be a little different.

Chris.

20th Jan 2003, 05:26

Someone said it handles well! er I really don't think so, put it this way how fast can it go around a corner without leaning over!! the car is built like a bus its tall sides make it unsafe!! I have also been behind a y reg punto doing 20 mph going around a bend and I watched the rear wheels lift off the ground!!! and that's at 20 mph!!!

27th Jan 2003, 07:57

I own a 1.2 16v sporting on the 17 June 2001 a lad is going on about his fiesta 1.6 16v Si being super fast they only do 0-60 half a second quicker than mine (10secs and 10.5secs) and his is a 1.6 fiestas are crap the only good one was the rs turbos.

21st Mar 2003, 08:24

Just got one n love it, Yanks, Fords and anyone else slaggin em off, yes its not as quick as a V8, it's an 1100cc that does nearly 40mpg, you idiot!!

And if you can get a VTR, Zetec or anything else in spanking nick with 40,000 K&N filter Magnex exhaust for £1500, then good for you, but bet it won't cost a 23 year old £300 to insure, you'll all mad it's a cheap, fast, fun car, take it for what it is!