2012 Fiat 500 Sport: TMI...
June 11, 2011
...in too small a display area. I generally like the interior design of the 500, but can't give them a pass for this ergonomic faux pas. Having a singular instrument binnacle is retro and cute and all, but its display is a mess visually and makes "at a glance" reading a bit tough.
Although you can eliminate the clutter and leave just the odometer display by pressing the "menu/esc" button, it'd be nice if said button instead allowed you to scroll through each display individually so that they could be shown on their own and in a larger format.
As it is, it seems that the designer was inspired more by his bowl of Alpha-Bits than by the goal of user friendliness.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor