The modern Fiat 500 is very popular among young children. It started in 2007, but here we are focusing on the version submitted in 2015. How long does a little Italian content last?
The first generation of the 21st century Fiat 500 was presented with great joy in 2007, especially fifty years after the first ‘Nuova 500’. To make things a little clearer, we highlight here the 500 face lift version that started in 2015. From the outside you can easily identify this version with a piece of paper in the middle of the back lights. The rear bumper and nose have also changed, but they are less visible. Inside, especially the new media screen is demanding attention. However, the style of the interior still incorporates a retro reality. Under the skin, the adjustment is greater; Fiat even claims that 500 in 2015 was updated by 40 percent.
Was the face-mounted Fiat 500 sold lightly?
The new ‘Nuova 500’ went through its peak year in 2011, when more than 8,000 Dutch people took a similar Italian toy home. After a face lift, the counter went above 6000 for two consecutive years, good for a top 20 position. Starting in 2018, things started to get worse. That year, Dutch Fiat dealers sold only about 4,700 five hundred. In 2019, that number dropped to less than 3000 copies. Surprisingly enough, sales in the 2020 disaster year were almost the same level.
What types of Fiat 500 are there?
Due to the huge international success of the 500, Fiat was a little satisfied and came up with three variants on the same topic: MPV-like 500L can do with it, the 500X suv is very good, but the 500L Living seven seats. it’s eh … rather sensitive to taste. We adhere to the standard 500 and 500C here. C stands for converter, but is actually a standard 500 with a large high roof; all windows are standing.
The 500 most delicious ones are sold under the name Abarth and have four-cylinder turbo engines. At a power of 145, 165 or 180 hp, such a small weight comes in handy. In addition, Abarths are characterized by important external and internal decoration. Below the 500 range we will find TwinAir airless and 60 hp from 2015 onwards. For the turbo, the TwinAir dual-engine engine delivers 80, 85 or 105 hp. By early 2020, the Fiat 500 will also be powered by a 1.2-liter four-liter and 69 hp injection engine. In its place came three cylinders 1.0 strong-hybrid with 70 hp.
If we look at the equipment, we lose it quickly. We would leave a simple Pop. It does not even have air conditioning on board and travel controls have only been available since 2018. You do not get the latest interactive security systems at all. However, there have been all sorts of special editions for many years, including Mirror, Holiday and Anniversario. The difference is often limited to upholstery, the design of the wheels and special interior and exterior accents.
What are the weaknesses of the Fiat 500?
The Fiat 500 may be a small car, but it turns out to be solid to put together. Okay, sometimes he struggles with rust exhaust or doorless door handle. Additionally, rear wheel bearings can be worn, but they do not cost the head. Starting problems also occur, often due to the wrong key. It may no longer be recognized by the car. If so, there is a good chance that a spare key will help. If the vehicle stops working properly, the cable connection above the rear gate may be the culprit. If the engine starts, but runs incorrectly, it is possible that the ignition coil is defective. If a number of electrical faults occur, check that the air conditioning system has leaked to the cable connection to the engine component.
The Fiat 500 Abarth with a healthy 1.4 liter MultiAir engine is fun, but be aware that this four-cylinder is a sensitive piece of technology. Check with the help of maintenance manual and / or invoices if only prescribed fuel has been used and if the change periods have been carefully considered. If not, the oil channels in the MultiAir unit for valve control can be clogged. In the worst case scenario, this could lead to serious engine damage. However, with proper maintenance, there is nothing to worry about.
Because the Fiat 500 often works like a city car, the clutch is very compact. So, watch carefully if the capture point is not too high and the slide is out of the question. We have never been interested in a slow-moving Dualogic transmission – a manual gearbox with an automatic clutch. If the gearbox changes badly or hesitantly, thank the seller for the effort and run, as repair costs may increase.
How much does a good Fiat 500 cost?
True, the ‘good’ is of course personal, but we do not know anyone who does not like the Fiat 500. But anyone who drives a 500 with a TwinAir turbocharged engine (60 hp) will soon die of laughter. Two such cylinders sound funny, but even for a small car like the Fiat 500 it is very weak. In addition, it consumes more gasoline than factory figures show. For turbo (80, 85 or 105 hp), TwinAir is better than expected, but nevertheless does not appear due to its flexibility or low usage. We prefer 1.2 four-cylinder and new 1.0 three-cylinder with low hybrid technology is also a good engine.
Starting prices are turned on sokoni for a Fiat 500 face lift is between 8000 and 9500 euros. For that money it usually ends with TwinAir 80 hp from 2016 in the PopStar version. If you want to drive a semi-open car, then you should look for 500C, which is about 1000 euros more expensive than a closed 500. The disadvantage of 500C is that you have a zero view back when the roof is fully open. For the full version of Mirror (from 2019) and smart phone integration you will soon be paying 12,000 euros. If you want 500 quickly, select Abarth. It immediately looks more masculine and usually has a highly decorated interior, including luxury upholstered sports chairs. Consider asking questions of 12,500 up to over 30,000 euros. Throughout the 500 years you stay at the top and the feeling of steering is not the best. An in-depth test will teach you whether you can live with this or not.