60 years young

Fiat has cre­ated a spe­cial-edi­tion 500 in hon­our of the car’s 60th birth­day. tests it

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors -

This year marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the orig­i­nal Fiat 500. The com­pact fore­bear to the mod­ern 500 was im­mensely pop­u­lar, of­fer­ing low-cost, af­ford­able mo­tor­ing to the masses.

The new car took on the cute styling of the clas­sic 500, bring­ing it into the mod­ern age with bet­ter prac­ti­cal­ity and a lot more safety. To cel­e­brate the car’s birth­day, Fiat has re­leased this, the 60th.

It gets a range of retro touches ideal for any­one look­ing to stand out from the crowd.

Looks and im­age

There are retro Fiat badges dot­ted through­out the in­te­rior, as well as on the ex­te­rior of the car.

A unique “dol­cevita” twotone paint­work has been ap­plied to the body, giv­ing it all of the retro looks of There haven’t been any me­chan­i­cal changes made to the 60th, mean­ing that the 500 is just as com­pact as the stan­dard car. There’s still a good amount of room for those in the front, while those in the back strug­gle for both leg and head­room. The 60th comes with a fold­ing cloth roof, and to fa­cil­i­tate this sys­tem Fiat has fit­ted it with a clamshell-style boot. It’s not as prac­ti­cal as the stan­dard car, there­fore, which is worth re­mem­ber­ing if you’re plan­ning on us­ing the 60th as an ev­ery­day ve­hi­cle.

Be­hind the wheel

The fa­mil­iar 1.2-litre tur­bocharged en­gine is un­der the bon­net, linked to a fivespeed man­ual gear­box. Our test route took in the nar­row, cob­bled streets of Turin, the 500’s home ter­ri­tory.

Its swift and nim­ble han­dling makes dart­ing in and out of traf­fic a breeze, while the peppy en­gine suits the car’s fre­netic, ea­ger char­ac­ter.

Value for money

As men­tioned ear­lier, the big­gest ben­e­fit to the 500’s in­te­rior is the all-new, larger in­fo­tain­ment dis­play.

It’s sim­ple to nav­i­gate, and has de­cent enough sen­si­tiv­ity. Else­where, ev­ery­thing feels of a rel­a­tively good qual­ity.

How­ever, the red fin­ish ap­plied to the 60th An­niver­sary Edi­tion’s dash feels scratchy and hard, some­thing that you’d think would have been avoided in a com­mem­o­ra­tive car.

The retro Fiat badges do make the car feel spe­cial how­ever, while most peo­ple will no doubt be at­tracted by the car’s uber-retro styling touches.

It’s also fit­ted with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque, sig­ni­fy­ing the car’s lim­it­ededi­tion sta­tus.

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