I have always owned Italian cars and this is the second we have had in the family, the last one being a first generation model. There is a massive difference in the quality between the two, even though for a small car there was nothing wrong with the older model. Doors shut with a nice clunk and the car feels solid and drives like a much bigger car.
Always get as good a deal as possible, FIAT always run 0% finance on and off on models. The company is also struggling a bit so haggle, they want that sale!
Equipment on the Eleganza is second to none, with electric windows and mirrors, alloy wheels, remote central locking and dual zone climate control.
As for the engine, the 1.4 16v has 95bhp which in a small car makes for more than adequate performance 0-62 in 9.9sec and a top speed of 110mph. Economy is good, even driving in London traffic I got a return of 40+ mpg. In typical Italian style the engine is very willing and likes to be revved. The engine is pretty quiet when cruising, though it can sound a bit harsh.
The car handles well and ride is good, the car is comfortable on long journeys, the only real downside to the car is rear access on the 3 door model.
Hopefully the old problem of naff service and dealers is being dealt with we will see on the first service.