Low CDI Index? - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Low CDI Index?

August 19, 2011


Every now and then I find myself driving a car that seems to catch the eye of random females. Now, I don't keep a constant eye out for ladies checking out whatever car I'm driving, but situational awareness does sometimes cue me in that someone is indeed interested in it, and sometimes someone would strike up a conversation at a stoplight or parking lot. I was convinced that our Fiat 500 would be as irresistible to females as a basket full of puppies, but instead, it seems that our chili-red Cinquecento is as appealing to them as a Jackass marathon on MTV. What gives?

My girlfriend used to have a Mini Cooper S, so I figured the 500 would at the very least elicit a, "oooo, cute!" But no, she thought it was ugly. This began the drop of the needle on the CDI (chicks dig it) index. But it's not like I care, because I happen to like our Fiat. It reminds me if Italy, I think it's smartly styled and it's fun to drive.

Cars that rank high on the CDI index include the Audi S5, Audi R8, Kia Optima (seriously), Lotus Elise, our 2005 Corvette Z06, an S63 AMG and pretty much any Porsche 911. The biggest draw is still my 1957 Thunderbird. Even our Nissan Juke managed to turn a few heads and get a few smiles (though perhaps for different reasons).

I ran my Fiat 500 observations past Caroline and she looked at me as if I had three heads, and each of them were spouting gibberish. She said that it manages to draw a crowd sometimes and there's no shortage of female gawkers, but I have yet to witness this. In fact, my experiences have drawn more dudes (DDI index?), and older ones, at that. I don't get it. Perhaps I lost my mojo? No, wait, Magrath has had similar tales to mine, but I'll let him explain on his own.

In the end, it doesn't matter because I'm going to keep driving this car and enjoying it. But these observations are a bit curious, no?

I encourage our female commenters to chime in. Feel free to also list your high and low CDI (or DDI) picks.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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