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Style: you’ve either got it or you don’t. Boy does the Fiat 500 have plenty to spare. A zippy classic becomes the feelgood icon of 21st century inner city motoring and trust us: you’re going to want one.

The Fiat 500 is a trendy city car that’s fun to drive, competitively priced and ideal for getting around town in some serious retro style. As there are so many on the roads there are often great deals available on used Fiat 500s for sale through ChooseMyCar.

Fiat 500s have a fun, funky interior and enough space for several bags of shopping in the rear, ideally suiting individuals or a couple. Running costs are low and the turbocharged 0.9L engine in either power output is a good choice for a balance of economy and performance.

What really makes the 500 (or the Cinquecento – remember when they called it that?) such a fantastic car isn’t anything that you can put your finger on. It’s not the specs, it’s not the ride, it’s not the efficiency.

It’s all about style. It’s all about the quirky, feel-good enjoyment of the car. It’s cool to look at and cool to drive. Get the soft top version and you can dial that cool factor up to 11 and then some.

It’s a car that just got better and better, too. Modern versions are all electric (they plan to stop making the combustion version entirely later in 2022) and the silent running of the EV drivetrain suits the car down to the ground. The instant torque gives it Mini-like gokart grunt – it’s fantastic fun.

Get your hands on the ever-popular Fiat 500 today, with one of our Fiat 500 deals. Choose My Car can help you get driving one of the nation’s favourite cars.


At Glance Fiat 500 Review

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Available with a choice of three engines – a 1.2L 69bhp or the 0.9-litre Twinair with either 85bhp or 105hp – the 500 comes in four main trim levels: Pop, Lounge, S and Collezione, as well as other special edition spec levels.

Entry-level offerings come fitted with LED headlights, a 5-inch-screen infotainment system, seven airbags, six speakers, and USB connectivity. Meanwhile, the Lounge trim adds cruise
control, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, and a leather steering wheel.

The 500S model is a sportier upgrade with added stylistic flair inside and out. The top-spec 500 Collezione is extra luxurious, adding 16-inch copper finish alloys and optional exclusive colour combinations.


The base trim gives you LED running lights, steel rims, central locking but not a tremendous amount more. You get plenty of airbags, of course – it’s a modern car, after all – but you’ll be looking for a higher trim for goodies.


16 inch alloys and a lovely glass roof are what you get if you step up a trim to Star. Both are lovely. You also get a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, DAB radio and satellite navigation.


Cruise control, air con, heated mirrors and a generally nicer interior are your reward for hopping up to Lounge trim. This would be our pick of the bunch.


Ah, the cabriolet 500,… it’s just,… just buy it if you see it, okay? Trust us. It’s fantastic.


Like going fast? Okay, it doesn’t really go that fast. What it does do is go much faster than a 500 has any business going – and we mean that in a very, very good way. The Abarth trim of the 500 is about as much fun as you can have on four wheels without remortgaging your house.

First released back in 1957, the Fiat 500 was the cool italian Mini challenger that took the world by storm. To call it stylish was to understate just how amazingly cool this thing was.

Fast forward to 2007 and Fiat were at it again, releasing a new version to largely replace the Fiat Panda. It’s a small, classy, fun little city runabout that plasters a smile on your face. What’s not to love?

Brief History of the Fiat 500

The Fiat 500’s history may date back to the 1950s, but it’s actually a relatively modern car, having officially launched in 2007.

The original Fiat 500 (1957-1975) – Launched as the Nuovo 500 in 1957, the then Fiat 500 was a tiny city car, measuring just 2.97metres in length. It was inexpensive and incredibly practical. It was actually considered to be the first purpose-built city car. Over 4 million cars were sold over the 18 year period of its production.

It was a whole 50 years later that the model we now know as the Fiat 500 officially launched. The launch was actually done to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original car.

Fiat 500 (2007-) – Launched to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Fiat 500, the new Fiat 500 is a single-generation car, although it has received small facelifts and alternative versions since its launch in 2007.

Over the course of its lifespan, there have been numerous ‘special edition’ models released, including the Colour Therapy editions, mirror models, additional tech and partnerships with the likes of Gucci and Diesel.

If you want to get about in style there’s no question that this is the car to buy. Quirkier than a Mini – and smaller too – it’s the ultimate affordable automotive fashion statement. It makes you feel special.

That size also makes it perfect for parking and whisking through city traffic. See a space? Foot down: in you go. It’s a hoot.

Look out for the mad-as-a-box-of-frogs Abarth editions too – hot hatch motor with a tiny wheelbase? You’ve never had so much fun.

Buying a used car on finance can involve very similar things, no matter what car you’re after. The popularity of the Fiat 500 however actually makes it a great car to buy used. Not only are there so many of them on the market, but you also get a lot of Fiat 500 for your money.

While a Fiat 500 Pop won’t necessarily offer the best value, there’s a good chance of picking up a Star of Lounge trim Fiat 500 used at a very affordable rate, so keep your eye out for these in particular.

As with any car, there are things to watch out for when buying a used car. Check for signs of rust or other forms of wear & tear. Make sure you take it for a test drive and listen out for any problems with the engine or exhaust.

In terms of what to watch out for on a used Fiat 500, there were historic problems with axles and suspension as well as the electrical system, cooling and heating, plus the gearbox. So it’s worth checking each of these before confirming you’re buying the car.

Over the years there have also been several recalls on the Fiat 500. These were down to possible failures of the right driveshaft, the electric power steering and other things, so it’s worth doing some research before buying a used Fiat 500, to make sure the car you’re getting is in good condition.

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Fiat’s have a bit of a poor reputation for reliability and the little 500 hasn’t been immune from trouble. Happily, repairs tend to be quite cheap for Cinquecento so if anything does crop up fixing them isn’t much of a headache.

Value is often based on desirability and character as it is the cost of the sheet metal and engine parts and this is where the 500 comes up tumps. With a very lovable form, the 500 has held onto its value better than most superminis, with the new electric version doing even better.

There are plenty of 500s still on the road from the day it relaunched. Indeed, there are still a good number of original models still out there. Look after your 500 well and it’ll hit 200,000 miles.There are plenty of 500s still on the road from the day it relaunched. Indeed, there are still a good number of original models still out there. Look after your 500 well and it’ll hit 200,000 miles.

It can certainly handle them okay. For two people. Because of the tiny rear bench, however, it’s not really a family road-tripper. It can also be a little flighty at motorway speeds.

A more common complaint in earlier models has been trouble with their gears. This issue was largely resolved in later models – and eliminated entirely when electrified – but check the clutch and gears out in person, if you can. And ask the owner about their experience.

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