- NEW MODEL NEWS – FIAT 500
FIAT has high hopes of securing a new cult following for its latest 500 city car line-up.
Refreshed models have just hit the streets with prices from £10,160 for the 1.2-litre Pop model.
And leading the way is a new flagship Cult trim grade, based on the Lounge version but with a host of extras.
A key new feature of the range is a seven-inch TFT digital instrument display, developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli.
Standard on 500S and Cult models – and optional on Lounge versions – its centre can be configured to show various trip computer readouts, such as distance travelled, instant fuel consumption and range.
As a result the ‘eco’ gauge, which measures how efficiently the driver is performing in real time, transforms into a turbo-boost measure.
This new TwinAir engine is another major development for the new-look 500.
Combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 10 seconds and on to a top speed of 117mph, yet is still capable of 67.3mpg. CO2 emissions are 99g/km.
Continuing at entry level is the 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine while the TwinAir 85bhp turbo petrol and 1.3 16v MultiJet 95bhp turbo diesel complete the line-up.
Standard safety kit includes ABS with EBD, seven airbags including a driver’s knee bag, ISOFIX attachments, daytime running lights and a hill holder.
There are also new colours like Urban White, Smooth Mint and an Electronica Blue.
Prices start at £10,160 for the 1.2 69bhp Pop, the 500C Pop convertible is from £13,160 and the 500 Cult range is from £13,060 (£15,560 convertible).