Reach Around the Wheel - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Reach Around the Wheel

July 10, 2011

IMG_2651.jpg I drove the Fiat 500 for the first time over a recent weekend and, like Al Austria, I was both amazed and amused by people's reaction to the little Italian car. But unlike Al, I found it surprisingly fun to drive.

Since I primarily test technology in cars, I was more interested in the performance of the electronics than the mechanical aspects of the 500. The Bose system that's part of the $350 Safety and Sound Package option wasn't bad considering the price, but the iPod integration was maddening.

And after driving the Fiat 500 for several days I noticed something else that's very frustrating.

The reach around the steering wheel to adjust the volume was awkward for me. I'm not sure if this has something to do with my physique and seating position or the small size of the car. But I never noticed this in any other vehicle.

And I was really wishing for steering-wheel audio controls in the 500.

Doug Newcomb, Senior Editor, Technology

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