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.

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›› 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!

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