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Brand New Fiat 500C1.2 Riva 2dr

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From £17,998Save £1367 on list price
£269 deposit
£269 per month

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" TFT instrument clusterCruise control + speed limiter
Dualdrive PASExternal temperature gauge
Rear parking sensor 

Exterior Features

Aquamarine linerBlue roof
Body colour bumpersBody colour side rubbing strips with wooden insert
Chrome details on bonnet and windowsChrome door handles
Chrome door mirror housingsElectric front windows
Front fog lightsHeat insulated glass
Heated rear windowLED daytime running lights
Mica special paint 

Interior Features

1 passenger grab handle50/50 split folding rear seats with height adjustable rear headrests
Auto climate controlAuxilliary 12V power socket
Blue floor mat with ivory detailsBoot mat with blue stitching
Driver's seat memoryFront headrests
Front passenger seat memoryHeight adjustable drivers seat
Height adjustable steering wheelIsofix child seat preparation
Leather steering wheel with audio controlsLeather upholstery
Mahogany kickplates and gear knobSteering wheel with mahogany insert

Packs

Chrome pack - 500C 

Safety

ABS/EBDDriver and passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbagESP + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder
Side airbagsTyre pressure monitoring system
Window airbags 

Security

Automatic door lockingLocking fuel filler cap
Remote central locking 

Trim

Mahogany maple dashboard 

Wheels

16" alloy wheel with blue diamond finish
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)110Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftSOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1242Compression Ratio11.1:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)70.8Cylinders - Stroke (mm)78.9
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves8
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)60.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)65.7EC Urban (mpg)51.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power69
Coin SeriesRivaInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0712U
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years8Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Mileage18000Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)12.9Engine Power - BHP69
Engine Power - KW51Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT75
Engine Torque - MKG10.4Engine Torque - NM102
Engine Torque - RPM3000Top Speed99

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1488Length3571
Wheelbase2300Width1627
Width (including mirrors)1893 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)35Gross Vehicle Weight1345
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)474Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)185
Max. Loading Weight440Max. Towing Weight - Braked800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked400Minimum Kerbweight905
No. of Seats4Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.3
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Fiat 500

The 500 has been a great success story for Fiat, offering buyers a cute, retro citycar at affordable prices. With over 1.5 million sold since 2007, the Italian brand has decided it was time for an update. There's nothing too radical here, but it should usefully refresh this car's appeal. The experts and Car & Driving investigate.

Ten Second Review

Fiat's trendy little 500 citycar may look little different but it's been significantly improved. Outside, the only changes are a re-styled front grille and sleeker rear tail lights, but under the skin, the Italian brand claims that over 1,800 modifications have been made. There are cleverer infotainment systems across the range, extra efficiency under the bonnet and more options in terms of personalisation.

Background

If ever a car has built its brand, it's this one, Fiat's 500. In fact, it's done so twice. First at its original launch back in 1957. And more recently with this modern era version, first launched in 2008. Ever since, it's been a money-spinner for the Italian brand, who've never stopped trying to improve it. We got quite a wide-ranging package of updates in early 2014 that added a more powerful 105bhp TwinAir petrol unit to the line-up and gave buyers of more expensive versions the company's 'UConnect' infotainment technology. Now those UConnect systems have been rolled out across the range as part of a wider-ranging update that also brings us a slightly smarter look and a more extensive range of personalisation options. It all means that on paper at least, this car remains a strong proposition. The small, fashionable citycar segment though, has changed substantially since this model's original launch. Does this Fiat still have what it takes to compete? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Fiat promise improvements to both ride and handling for this revised 500, though this will probably be of limited interest to the car's urban-minded audience. The petrol engine range is pretty familiar from before, which means that the entry level option is still a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated four cylinder petrol unit with 69PS. Cars fitted with this engine now receive bigger brakes to help safety and get the option of an 'Eco' package. Spend a little more and you can choose one of the two far more modern and efficient 'TwinAir' two cylinder turbocharged petrol powerplants, with either 85PS or 105PS. There's a 95bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet engine option if you want it. Plus, as before, there are potent 1.4-litre turbo petrol Abarth models on offer for hot hatch fans. Go for a 500 with a TwinAir petrol unit, as many buyers will, and you'll find that the engine can get a bit vocal if you work it hard. Even then though, the gruff, slightly throbby note is characterful rather than unpleasant and around town, refinement is more than acceptable. If you are urban-bound, you might also want to consider the optional (but rather jerky) Dualogic gearbox, a kind of manual transmission without a clutch. Unless you like all that left-foot pumping of course. City dwellers will also appreciate the tight 9.3m turning circle.

Design and Build

Fiat would've been unwise to mess with the 500's shape too much, so sensibly, they've kept exterior styling tweaks to the minimum with this improved model. As before, there's a single three-door bodystyle, though you can order it in soft-topped '500C' form if you like the idea of having an electric fabric-folding roof. As for those design changes, well up front, there's a sleeker chrome grille that sits below revised headlights and is positioned at more of an angle than before. Between these two elements are smarter daytime running lights, with a shape that echoes the zeros of the '500' logo. Rounding the front off are updated chrome trims and a ribbed bonnet that that looks a little more stylish. At the rear, there are smarter tail lights that incorporate a body-coloured panel in the centre. This has meant the reversing and fog lights have moved from the clusters to the lower rear bumper. Your Fiat dealer will also offer you a more fashionable choice of wheels, graphic packages and paint colours to round off the updates. Inside, the biggest change is the inclusion of 'Uconnect' infotainment systems on all models, although only the top 'Lounge' variant is fitted with a touchscreen as standard. Redesigned air vents flank the screen, leading to a much more integrated feel than you'd get in many more expensive cars. Drivers will also appreciate the smarter steering wheel with its chrome-plated switches. Plus, if they're in a plush 'Lounge' model, they've the benefit of an optional 7" TFT instrument cluster. The 185-litre boot remains as before, no bad thing as this still trumps many rivals.

Market and Model

As before, there's a choice of fixed-top and convertible 500 models. The open-topped 500C variants require a premium of around £2,500 over their standard counterparts. If you're happy with tin-top 500 motoring, then you'll find pricing that's a fraction higher than before, yet which still starts just shy of £11,000 for the baseline 1.2-litre Pop version. Above this variant, you can upgrade yourself to 'Pop Star' trim, which opens access to the TwinAir engine options you'll probably want. You'll need a £15,000 budget for top 'Lounge' trim. While there are cheaper and more practical cars out there, these prices are on par with other style led hatchbacks like Vauxhall's ADAM - and they undercut what you'd pay for a comparable MINI Hatch 3-door. Key options include the Dualogic semi-auto gearbox which requires a premium of around £750. So what do you get for your money? Base 'Pop' trim has LED daytime running lights and a Uconnect infotainment system with six speakers, plus AUX-in/USB ports and steering wheel remote controls. Plusher 'Pop Star' spec adds air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels and heated mirrors with body-colour caps. Top 'Lounge' spec meanwhile, gets you a panoramic glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, a chrome front grille, front fog lights, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a Uconnect 5" LIVE touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration. If you want to go further, then your dealer will want to tell you about the latest range of so-called 'Second Skin' decal packages. 500 models are safe too, with a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, seven airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution, electronic stability control, a Hill Holder clutch to make pulling away on an incline easier and hydraulic brake assistance to help with emergency stops.

Cost of Ownership

One of the advantages of such a small car is that tiny fuel efficient engines are more than adequate for hauling you and your little Fiat around. Even the basic 1.2-litre model is capable of 60.1mpg on the combined cycle, while producing 110g/km of CO2. These figures improve to 62.8mpg and 105g/km if you go for the optional Dualogic semi-auto gearbox. Or 65.7mpg and 99g/km if you go for the 'ECO' version. The economy champion for petrol buyers is the 85PS TwinAir petrol variant, a car capable of 74.3mpg and 90g/km of CO2 (or 2g/km less if you opt for the Dualogic 'box). Even the quickest 105PS TwinAir model manages 67.3mpg and emissions of 99g/km. For the 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel, the figures are 83.1mpg on the combined cycle and 89g/km of CO2. If you decide to go for the open-topped 500C variant with any of these engines, you'll see no penalty for either economy or emissions. What else? Well, this car should certainly be cheap to insure. For the base petrol 1.2, you'll be rated at between groups 5 and 9, for the TwinAir 85bhp, you'll be rated at between groups 10 and 13 and for the TwinAir 105bhp variant, you'll be rated at group 15. The warranty is a typical three year affair but with a 100,000 mile limit that's significantly higher than some other brands will give you. 500 models hold their value very well and that's unlikely to change any time soon. Don't be tempted to go customisation-crazy with the options list though: not everyone will share your taste or want to pay extra for graphics when it comes time to sell.

Summary

To be honest, Fiat hasn't needed to do a whole lot to retain this 500 model's popularity. It still looks great, it's always been fun to drive and providing the pricing doesn't get too ambitious, the market remains there for it. As for this updated version, well the interior improvements are welcome as is the extra technology. And there are plenty of extra personalisation options for Fiat dealers to talk about in the showroom. Otherwise, things are much as before, which means that the TwinAir two cylinder petrol unit remains a key part of this Fiat's appeal. The sound and eager response suit the car and though the quoted running cost returns are difficult to achieve in real-world motoring, it certainly makes the 500 a very cheap thing to run indeed. Yes, this model remains pretty small inside, but then smallness is all part of the appeal. You'll appreciate that when zipping around town in one. In summary then, this car remains as likeable as ever. Choosing a 'fashionable' little runabout can often be a risk. Here though, is one you can enjoy without a worry.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
60%
Space
60%
Styling
90%
Build
70%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
80%
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Personal contract purchase (PCP)

Monthly payment£269
Deposit£269
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.4%
Cash price£17,998
Credit amount£16,629
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£5964
Total amount payable£19,986
Fiat deposit£1100
Contract mileage20,000
Excess mileage charge6.0p per mile
APRFixed 4.4% APR representative

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