- Classic but modern styling
- Super easy to park
- Fuel economy
- Small power
- Lack of cruise control
For some reason, the Fiat 500 isn’t a car that tops the list for many when looking at buying a new small car. Though, after spending some time to get to know the entry-level 2015 Fiat 500 Pop perhaps there might be a few reasons why this should be in the top 3.
And now with a new model on the way, this could be a great chance to score a run out deal.
The Fiat 500 Pop is a quirky little car that is everything that the original Fiat 500 was inside and out…but just with a modern twist. Even though Fiat and the Abarth brands have seen awesome power placed inside the Fiat 500 platform, the 500 Pop plays host to a conservative 1.2litre 4 cylinder engine.
Producing 51kW of power and 102Nm of torque, you’ll get from A to B in your own time while scoring an awesome fuel economy figure of 5L/100km. There’s also a moderate list of small comfort features too including Bluetooth, Dualdrive Electric power steering and a comfortable multi-function leather steering wheel.
So for under $17,000. Is the 2015 Fiat 500 Pop a good buy? Let’s find out.
Normally there are a lot of challenges presented for anybody wanting to make a classic car design modern. Safety requirements including crush zones, pedestrian safety and other elements that were not present in the past, now need to be incorporated.
Despite how challenging that must have been for the Fiat design team, the modern 500 looks even better than the original. It almost makes you wish that you could click your heals together and head home to a small Italian town, where the pasta is fresh and the wine is plentiful.
It just looks good. Especially in red – something that all Italian cars look good in.
On start-up the Fiat 500 fires to life and hints that there is something more than the 1.2L engine under the hood. However, as soon as you hit the go pedal you’ll soon find out that the power is exactly what 51kW feels like.
But don’t get me wrong, the drive is what makes the Fiat 500 one of the best around. The small size, great electric power steering and commendable fuel economy allows you to enjoy the usually dull city commute.
Our review model featured the optional DuaLogic transmission and while it suits the sportier models in the range quite well, seemed wasted on the entry-level Pop. The cheaper and much more fun 5 speed manual would be our pick.
If your living arrangements mean that you’re needing to find space on the street or to get in and out of tight underground car parks, you’ll absolutely love the 500. Sure, there’s no reverse sensors or rear camera but they aren’t a necessity like they would be on a larger sedan or 4WD.
The occasional night out with friends is even a possibility with the two rear seats being reasonable in their space – but not suitable for long drives. Though on the other extreme, if a day out at the beach with a pop-up shade and an esky are on the table, the fold down rear seats make it all possible.
Truth be told, if you’re looking for a cheap small car you aren’t going to find it here. However at under $17,000 you’ll also won’t be breaking the bank for what is a great European small car.
It also starts to look like a bargain when you compare it to a special edition Abarth model, based off the 500, which can retail for over $100,000.
The Fiat 500 Pop isn’t going to be the car for everyone, but if you want something that boasts personality and a true Italian heritage it is a great car.
The quirkiness and fun factor is huge and every time we got in and headed out onto the road there was a true smile present. It’s a smile you won’t find in some other small cars that fall into the “good car, but nothing special” territory.
If you’ve always thought about a Fiat 500 or wanted to experience one yourself – go out and take one for a test drive. You’ll be happy you did.