Something of an Italian answer to the VW Beetle, the original Fiat 500 was produced from 1957 through 1975 and featured a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine.Arriving some 50 years after the introduction of the original, today's Fiat 500 boasts many of the traits that made its forebear so beloved. The contemporary Fiat 500 has cute retro euro styling along with a surprisingly roomy cabin for its small footprint. Marking Fiat's return to the United States after a 27-year hiatus, the 500 is something of a United Nations approach to car building, as this Italian car is built at a Fiat-owned Chrysler plant located in Mexico. Though that may put long-term reliability into question, what we do know is that this little car's personality fits its cheeky looks.
One of the advantages in favour of the designers who created the TwinAir engine was the small size of the Fiat 500. It's a light, manoeuvrable vehicle, which means that it has less inertia and therefore takes less force to get it moving or to stop it. But that doesn't mean that the rest of the engineering was allowed to slack. The ultimate TwinAir design is an outstanding engine and the entire world has recognised it with numerous awards.The Fiat 500 has a new airbag system with driver and multi-stage front-passenger advanced air bags, driver’s knee air bag, full-length side-curtain air bags and seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags. Reactive head restraints activate during a rear impact, preventing whiplash.
The standard feature of Fiat 500 Sport Coupe highlights include full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a six-speaker sound system. The luxury-themed Sport adds 15-inch alloy wheels, exterior chrome accents, foglamps, a fixed glass roof (hatchback only), upgraded cloth upholstery, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an iPod/USB audio.Fiat 500's smooth and willing engines and slick-shifting transmission. Though the steering feel is somewhat numb, the 500, especially the Sport version, provides agile handling along with a compliant ride quality, besting the Mini Cooper in the latter respect. This little dynamo should have strong appeal to enthusiasts, as it provides massive driving entertainment in a tiny package.Though the 500 is 6 inches shorter in length and 2 inches narrower than its chief rival, the Mini Cooper, the Fiat 500 is substantially taller (by 4 inches). That translates into better outward visibility and respectable leg and headroom, especially for rear seat passengers. The interior is cheerful-looking, especially when optioned with the two-tone coloring, and the controls are easy to operate. Despite the Fiat 500's small size, seating comfort is surprisingly comfortable.With this car you will never have problem finding parking it is also fuel efficient.