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Fiat 500 2008-11

PRICE New$ 24,990 to $29,990 NowPop $15,000-$21,000; Sport $17,500-$21,500; Lounge $20,0000-$24,000; Con­vert­ible $21,500-$22,500

SAFETYRATING 4stars (with­out ESP), 5 stars (with ESP)

EN­GINES 1.2-litre 4-cyl, 51kW/102Nm; 1.4-litre 4-cyl, 74kW/131Nm; 1.3-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 55kW/145Nm

TRANS­MIS­SION 5-speed auto or man­ual, 6-speed man­ual

THIRST 5.1L/100km(1.2), 6.3L (1.4), 4.2L (TD)

BODY 3-door hatch, 2-door con­vert­ible

oth­ers to con­sider

MINI2007-11 It’s got the looks, the per­for­mance and the econ­omy to be a win­ner, and it is. 4 stars Pay $20,000-$45,000

FORDFIESTA2009-11 Cute rather than retro. More prac­ti­cal than the 500, with good per­for­mance and econ­omy. 4 stars Pay $12,000-$18,000

VWBEETLE2009-11 It lacks the essence of the orig­i­nal and looks lardy, Golf me­chan­i­cals are a plus. 3.5 stars Pay $16,000-$30,000

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