The Cabrio Does it Better - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: The Cabrio Does it Better

November 10, 2011

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There are very few things I'd change about our Fiat 500. I like how it has just enough power to have fun and bumper-car footprint. I also like the concentric gauges. And that's one place where the 500C (convertible) has an edge.

While I like the design of the gauges, the thinner "Univers" font can be a little hard to read.


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As you can see in the image above, the cabrio has a thicker font and has fewer callouts (every 20 mph) than the regular 500. I can't say I like the aesthetics of this font, but perhaps the 500 could benefit from a bold Univers font and fewer callouts.

I know, it's a minor detail. It's just the designer in me that surfaces once in a while.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor


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