2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Key Fob Quibble

May 12, 2011


See the icons on the buttons that lock and unlock our longterm 2012 Fiat 500? Of course you can, this is a best-case photo, all zoomed in, awash in light and angled so that the shading shows the relief.

Out in the real world those icons are hopelessly invisible, small and too same-y. I invariably hit the wrong button if I don't hold the key fob up to my face and position it to and fro, turning and twisting to try to catch any available light so that I can tell with certainty which button is which.

This Fiat key fob dance is surely entertaining for onlookers.

Each time it happens I get more annoyed. The breaking point is this blog entry.

This certainly is not A Big Deal, and over time an owner might adjust to the location of each function without looking. But would it have killed them to make the buttons look distinct at a glance from the hip? Contrast the icons in white color, or something. Anything.

That old-school 'Fiat' logo is, however, rad. Italian design often hits hard and misses equally hard, and this key fob is an example of both.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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