Review Fiat 500 2015
After a sharp drop in prices a few years ago – and correspondingly popularity – the modern Fiat 500 galloped to refresh the “Series 3” model. The new car landed with the usual “Did anything change?” styling and a few tweaks, along with a decent price increase.
With its styling intact and a commitment to improving the cabin, one of the smallest but most amazing cars on the market today may well be able to add “really pretty well” to its CV.
The 500 S is the intermediate product of the 500-tablet product line sold in Australia. Steel wheels, 1.2-liter Pop start at $ 16,000, before rising to $ 19,000 for the manual S version and to $ 22,000 for the Lounge. The Dualogic semi-automatic transmission adds around $ 1500 to the price of the Pop and S trim levels while the Lounge, appropriately, comes standard with an automatic transmission.
(Strictly speaking, the 595 Abarth is a separate pattern, but yes, based on 500).
Your $ 19,000 500 S comes with 15-inch alloys, six-speaker stereo, air-conditioning, remote center lock, leather steering wheel, power mirrors, sports seats and windows. color.
No matter which way you approach it, it looks great
From the outside, this is a car with no bad corners. No matter which way you approach it, it looks great. Standing on a recent street corner in Rome, with scores of classic Cinquecento and nuova, it’s impressive that the new design sits alongside the old one.
The proportions are almost identical, the front end is smoothed but improved by the wind tunnel, the upright cabin offers surprising space (for front passengers) and excellent visibility.
These are not new observations as we are now quite familiar with the new 500, but worth repeating.
Inside, the Polish-made Fiat ties together very well. Everything is close to how small the car is, so there will be no reach and tension. The dashboard looks great, is covered by a plastic panel that looks like metal, and the center tool package with a full digital display is great.
The only smudges are the unfortunate protrusion of the Blue & Me display on the top of the console and the even more regrettable placement of the USB port. The interior looks solid but has a bit of gritty and grime collected in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, speaking of both the hard life of a press and the hardship for hard-working retailers. to keep it clean.
The common breakfast hobby of fellow writers seems to be toast.
There’s not much storage, even taking into account the size of the car. That can be a bit uncomfortable as the passenger (or passenger seat) will have to be entrusted with your valuables.
The 500 has a five-star safety rating, with nine airbags (including the driver’s knee airbags), ABS, traction and stability control, ramp hold, brake assist, and emergency brake display.
There is also a circular disc brake with brake force distribution.
Fiat’s Blue & Me is operated by a screen located at the top of the dashboard. It’s not an easy system to set up, with a large screen so user-friendly but it’s not. Once configured, though, it’s completely easy to use and works well. Given its size, the sat-nav is a bit fiddly but once on your way, works well.
The six-speaker stereo system doesn’t do much in a small cabin and delivers decent sound. Blue & Me has a large round multi-function watch face in the dashboard.
Engine / Drive
The 500S’s 1.4-liter 16-valve four-cylinder engine is a great little engine. At 74kW and 131Nm to the touch, it enjoyed revs even though breath was breathless above 4000. Those revs power the front wheels via the six-speed manual gear we already have or a cup gearbox. automatic application.
It is not difficult to understand why the 500 was so successful at home
The Fiat claims 6.1L / 100km on the combined cycle which we got very close at 6.9L / 100km despite testing it enthusiastically and repeating from 10.5 seconds to 100km / h.
With the right engine, smooth gearbox, and superb handling for such a stout car, it’s not hard to see why the 500 was a hit at home and a hit here. .
Despite a sluggish 0-100km / h time, it doesn’t feel sluggish in the critical sprint to the 30km / h needed to plunge around Sydney’s streets.
Blasting around the 500 S is an inseparable pleasure
With an eager turn, you can perform mighty lane change maneuvers, low center of gravity to keep things from getting too complicated. The seats are strangely large and very comfortable just like the fat steering wheel. The large seats take you up high, which is a funny feeling for such a kid and their position helps improve legroom in the rear seats.