Leasing a Fiat 500
Engines and performance for the Fiat 500
Engines for the Fiat 500 include a nippy 0.9 litre TwinAir unit producing either 85 hp or 105 hp and for those who need better performance, there's a 1.2 litre 69 hp unit, which isn't quite as responsive but does have emissions of 99g/km. The engines are mated to either a manual box with five gears, with the more powerful engine getting six gears and there is an automatic transmission option. Economy for the 0.9 litre 85 hp engine is 75 mpg while the 105 hp engine delivers faster performance and economy of 66 mpg.
Equipment and handling
The original Fiat 500 was launched in 2007 and not much has changed since then with a revamp in 2015 delivering a refreshed exterior and interior. This included new headlights, grilles and chrome work. There's also a new dashboard, thanks to Fiat's Uconnect infotainment system and new safety equipment was added. For those who want a compact city car that is easy to drive around town and is cheap to run, there's a lot to recommend the Fiat 500. It's a nippy and agile performer and it is a comfortable car for motorway journeys too. There's a choice of either a hatchback or convertible body styles and three trim levels with standard equipment including seven airbags, LED daytime running lights and steering wheel remote controls. Other models come with alloy wheels and a panoramic glass sunroof, along with rear parking sensors and smartphone integration. There's no doubt that the Fiat 500 is an instantly recognisable motoring icon which is one of its strongest attributes and the newer model features advanced electronic stability control and electronic brake distribution. Behind the wheel, the seats are comfortable and easy to adjust and the overall offering impresses with its retro charms to meet most people's needs from a well-made compact city car.