Last I posted was back in 2014 when I bought the fiat 500 pop for $17,000. Three years later I still have He same love/hate relationship with my car. Let's talk about the cons first, 1. Cup holder are not practically laid out in the front of the car two large drinks cannot sit next to each other. 2. Car feels a bit under powered, however if you drive the automatic in the standard mode it does much better! You can buy the Abarth and have more power, but if you have a pop like me just switch from auto to the standard mode and you will be fine. I tinted my windows to limo tint, it makes a huge difference in the summmer! I don't have to run my AC on high, which allows me to conserve on fuel. Let's talk about the positives! 1. Small and economical I can park anywhere I want, people let me in to traffic because I'm small, and people like to smile because they think the car is cute. 2. There are many color options, and this car is customizable for those who like to tune their engines and lower their cars. 3. Gas mileage is decent I average anywhere between 28-34 depending on where I'm driving and the conditions of the road. 4. Maintenance, is awesome the only things I have replaced on my fiat has been the battery, left headlight and left tail light. In three years that's pretty good! I use full synthetic oil, and only put cheveron gas in my car. 5. Room in the car is enough for daily life, I wouldn't say the car is family friendly for those who have larger families, however my wife, daughter and I fit in here comfortably. I hope this helps you in deciding if the fiat 500 is a good juice for you. I'm glad I bought mine, and I would do it again!
If you looking for a sports car this is not what you want. The 500 is efficient, easy to park and peppy with the 5-speed. Plenty of room for 2 and I am a big guy. This little car brakes and drives well. It was not built for acceleration so even with a 5-speed is not fast but adequate. My last car of this size was the Ford Fiesta ST which was more cramped had a horrible ride quality although much faster. The car seems to perform better on premium grade fuel. At a 10 gallon capacity on the tank it will not break your wallet to by better gas and performance is much improved. I had a hick up with the blue tooth system in the car after the install of Apple 9.3 on my phone. I just disconnected the battery cable for 10 minutes and the system reset itself. If you want fun and style this is a great car. Space is limited for more than 2 adults and so is storage. If you need a small car for mostly in town use this a great choice and 2015 brought some great improvements to the dash and radio. I average 36-39 MPG all the time as stated this using premium fuel.
I was looking at another car in the used car section of the Fiat dealer. I liked the way the Fiat looked so decided to give it a drive. Turned out I really liked this cute little car. So bought it that day. Red with automatic transmission. I can see where some of the interior parts will likely not hold up well, but for the money and styling, I think it's a great deal. I don't really drive a lot anymore and this is really perfect for me. Comfortable, peppy, and fun to look at. This is a follow up to the review I did last year. I have put about 7000 miles on her, like I said I don't drive much and she is still doing great. I really have no complaints at all about this car. We even traded in our Mini for the 500X and we love it as well.
I bought my 2015 fiat 500 pop six months ago from Car Pros Fiat of Renton, that's when my troubles started... at the first rain I found out that my car has a leak, car did not have even 500 miles when I took it to get serviced, in staid of giving me a new car they repaired it, and this is only the beginning.... stereo problem, done the software update no changes, had the engine check light that went on, the heater takes 20 MIN to defog at full power, driver seat latch sticks and now another leak. The car has only 3030 miles and it has been repaired 6 times. Till this moment Fiat USA and the dealership is still giving me the turn around. After a months of calling and sending emails, I finally got an answer from fiat acknowledging that there is problems with this car and they offer an extended warranty... really you think I will keep a car with so many problems. Now I found water again in the back of my car, it's three times now. THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER .... DO NOT BUY FIAT
Six-Speed Automatic Transmission ($1,350), Comfort/Convenience Package ($900 -- includes automatic climate control with micron filter, heated front seats, satellite radio), Beats Premium Audio ($700), TomTom Navigation System ($600), 16-Inch Aluminum Wheels ($550), Red Mirror Cap With Body-Side Strip and Gray Soft Top ($450)
Turbocharged, port-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Cast iron/aluminum alloy
SOHC, four valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
157 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
183 @ 2,400
Six-speed automatic with console shifter and Sport/Competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There is some hesitation when you first stomp on the gas pedal off the line, as with many turbo cars. A bit more with this 500 Abarth than most cars these days, though. But by the time the tachometer clears 3,000 rpm, the engine is making good power, enough to spin the front tires, especially when you have traction control turned off. Regardless, the Abarth sounds rorty and fun. It's a low, grumbly kind of engine/exhaust note, and it backfires sometimes on full-throttle uphifts. Which also sounds cool. Shifts are reasonably quick, usually coming around 6,000 rpm. It upshifts sooner if it gets a bunch of front wheelspin. Our quickest time came with the Sport button pressed while utilizing power-braking (overlapping throttle and brake on the line to bring the revs to about 2,200 rpm to spool the turbo). Manual shifting is via the console shift lever (push forward for downshifts, the way we prefer it). It blips the throttle on downshifts and will hold gears to the rev limiter. Manual shifting gave slower times versus just using the transmission's regular Drive mode.
Reasonably firm brake pedal, and stayed that way throughout, even though there was significant brake odor early. Nosedive isn't excessive, but the car squirms back and forth on its tires quite a bit. It's not the most confidence-inspiring stopper. Very little in the way of ABS commotion/noise, though. The first stop was the shortest at 125 feet. The second stop was the longest at 134 feet, but the fifth and final stop was back down to 130 feet.
Let's be honest: The Fiat 500 -- even the Abarth version -- doesn't handle all that well. Sure, it's sort of nimble (only because it's tiny), and it's better than a standard 500, but relative to the competition, this isn't a rewarding car to drive. It's too tall to feel truly confident in transitions, and there's more roll than there should be. The steering is lifeless when it comes to road feel and feedback, even if it is relatively quick. It understeers its way to only 0.87g on the skid pad -- with a stubborn refusal to rotate. And it's slower than everything in the class through the slalom. Blargh.