AT A GLANCE
$1335 for 3 years
7 airbags, 5 stars (est)
1.4-litre 4-cyl, 74kW/131Nm
6-speed man, 5-speed auto; FWD 6.1L/100km 3571mm (L), 1627mm (W), 1488mm (H), 2300mm (WB) 973kg Space-saver
WEIGHT SPARE WHAT IT’S GOT
Pride of place goes to a new five-inch touchscreen featuring handy Uconnect infotainment setup, including navigation, digital radio, voice recognition and text message reader for compatible phones.
WHAT IT HASN’T
No reach adjustment for steering wheel. No cruise control, which might be a deal breaker. No rear-view camera or auto stop-start.
Doesn’t use much fuel but at $1335 for three years it’s not exactly cheap to service (a Corolla costs $840). But the Fiat is a purchase driven by passion, not a decision driven by cost.
WHAT WE LIKED
Lots of character. The manual is fun to drive, with a rorty exhaust note. Plenty of ways to customise the car, with 13 paint colours and 10 interior options.
WHAT WE DIDN’T
Seats aren’t supportive. Limited vision through small rear window. Remember to duck your head getting in and out or you’ll bump it on the curved door opening.