1999 Fiat Seicento Sporting 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
Cheeky, characterful city car with a lot of qualities, however it requires some care and patience
I had to replace the battery about 3 weeks after purchasing, which was quite expensive because the garage had to source it from Fiat themselves.
I had to also replace the entire clutch assembly, which was very expensive and was difficult to install.
I had to replace a snapped handbrake cable about 6 weeks after purchasing the car.
The back window wiper has ceased working and is waiting to be fixed.
Also, the left front fog-light has stopped working and needs re-wiring, after a failed attempted to simply replace the bulb.
Peppy performance; it is quick away from the lights, even with a full compliment of passengers.
The handling is very good, especially in the dry. However, in the rain, a lot of the grip is lost and replaced with wheel-spin, even in 2nd gear. It's tail never slides on the other hand, therefor always feels safe.
Surprisingly roomy interior for such a small exterior, with good headroom and good amount of space between the driver's knees and the steering wheel. However, the cabin is maybe just a bit on the narrow side, so it is a squeeze getting 3 abreast in the back bench.
Comfortable seats, with good bolstering because they are the sporting model's seats.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd August, 2005