New Fiat 500 Relaunched This Summer With A Facelift

The fiat 500 was relaunched this year 2015 Here is What you need to know about the little Run-Around

The Fiat 500 is a great buy if you want a stylish retro-styled city car that offers good value and decent running costs.”

The Fiat 500 is one of a growing number of retro-inspired small cars, including the MINI hatchback and Volkswagen Beetle, that recall iconic models of the past. But it’s also a rival to conventional city cars, such as the Renault Twingo, the VW Group trio (the Skoda Citigo, Volkswagen up! and SEAT Mii) and another three related models (the Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108).

Elsewhere, the 500 has spawned larger ‘spinoff’ models, aimed at buyers whose families have outgrown the original’s compact size. These include the Fiat 500L MPV and Fiat 500X crossover.

Summer 2015 saw the Fiat 500 get a refresh – although it doesn’t look drastically different than before. Inside, the cabin is now a bit sleeker and less cluttered, while the range of trim levels has been simplified to make choosing the right 500 for you easier. An all-new 500 is expected in 2017.

There’s no choice of bodystyle with the 500 – it’s three-door hatchback or nothing. You can pick from three different engines, however. Our favourite is the little TwinAir petrol – a two-cylinder, 875cc engine available with either 84 or 104bhp that returns 70.6 or 67.3mpg respectively. Both versions are road-tax-free courtesy of their sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, while their fizzy nature suits the 500 well.

Other engine options are a rather old-fashioned (and not hugely efficient) 1.2-litre, 69bhp petrol and a 1.3-litre Multijet diesel that should return up to 78.5mpg. A manual gearbox is standard, but if you need an automatic, it’s a £750 optional extra.

Equipment is pretty good, too: the entry-level Pop boasts Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system and stylish ‘halo’ LED daytime running lights, but we think it’s worth moving up to Pop Star for useful kit such as air-conditioning, heated door mirrors, alloysand split-folding rear seats. Top-of-the-range Lounge gets you fancier features such as a panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, front foglights and a bigger infotainment system touchscreen.