A/C Might Not Be Fully Up To The Task - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500: A/C Might Not Be Fully Up To The Task

June 16, 2011

fiat_500_air.JPG So Dan's been driving around in 110-degree heat in the Cruze. I haven't encountered anything that high in the Fiat, only mid-90s. Even so, the 500's air-conditioning has seemed pretty mediocre on hot days so far. I've had to set it at the lowest temperature and the second fan speed to keep up. Warmer temperatures might be a problem. But this is just my initial impression. We'll know more come full-on, swamp-butt summer and more opportunities for opinion.

Incidentally, I'm not very fond of the 500's A/C button. It's a push toggle with the fan button to activate. But the illumination for the snowflake icon is white, so it's very hard to tell whether A/C is actually on or off. (It's on in the photo.) It'd be better if the light was a different color.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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