FIAT 500 FAB FACTS
In 1960, it was hip. In 2017, it’s still cool. How many times have I heard people saying “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” and that goes for winning formulas like the Fiat 500 and mama’s pasta. These are the things I adore about this cheeky car.
›› Safety-wise, the Fiat 500 has seven airbags, ABS with EBD and ESC plus Anti Slip Regulation, Hill Hold and Hydraulic Brake Assistance for emergency braking.
›› It has an amazing little two-cylinder engine that really gets it going. The 0,9 Twinair Turbo produces either 63 kW in the Pop and Pop Star, or 77 kW in the Lounge version. It might be small but when you get up to speed, you’ll be surprised how this baby takes on the big bad motorways with ease.
›› It’s really great on fuel consumption and has automatic stop-start, so when you’re stuck in back-to-back traffic or waiting for that red light to finally change, it will switch off the engine to stop burning fuel. Once you un-heel the brake pedal, it will instantly purr back into life.
›› The new Fiat 500 could cause you a wardrobe meltdown as it comes in a rainbow of colours, including pretty pastel mint green, lipstick red called Pasodoble Red and my personal favourite, Giallo Sole, a bubble of sunshine yellow.
›› All Fiat 500 models are available in manual or the MTA Dualogic automated manual, which has all the smooth moves and changes of big automatics. It’s born and bred for dense traffic and Fiat has made this one a dream to drive.
›› The TwinAir Pop costs R187 900 for the manual basic car with the Uconnect audio system with aux-in and USB.
›› The Pop Star features a glam panoramic fixed sunroof and at R199 900 for the manual, or R210 900 for the auto, it’s fantastic value.
›› The Lounge has an upgraded Radio Nav and the interior is all fashion-designer fabrics or luxe leather. It’s R227 900 for the manual and R238 900 for the auto.
›› Both Pop Star and Lounge are available in the 500 hatch and this 500C cabriolet where the cloth roof folds back onto the boot and you can let the sunshine in. Bliss! I’ve really enjoyed driving it, as it feels expensive and just oozes attitude!