FIAT 500

Fiat 500

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How much does the Fiat 500 cost to run?

The 0.9L petrol is the most economical Fiat 500 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Fiat 500 0.9L petrol is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 74 MPG on average, which means it will cost £8.00* in petrol every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Suzuki Celerio 1.0L petrol and the more thirsty Smart Fortwo 0.9L petrol.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 11, which is lower than the Smart Fortwo 0.9L petrol, but higher than the Renault Twingo 0.9L petrol.

Engine options

model0.9L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L petrol
mpg67.3 - 74.352.3 - 65.744.8 - 50.4
emissions88 - 9999 - 126130 - 149
tax£0.00£0.00 - £125.00£125.00 - £160.00
insuranceGroup 10 - 19Group 5 - 12Group 12 - 17

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Fiat 500: How big is the boot?

The Fiat 500 hatchback has a bigger boot than the convertible (it can hold 185 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the hatchback to take one pushchair or one large bag. While the convertible takes just one large bag.

Worth knowing, the Smart Fortwo coupe is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and one large bag with its 307 litres.

Is the Fiat 500 easy to park?

The Fiat 500 is very middle of the road - it fills 68% of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Kia Picanto.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 3554m long it gives you reasonable 1246mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Fiat 500 has the best performance?

The fastest Fiat 500 from 0-60, is the 1.4L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 131 lbs/ft torque and 100 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Abarth 595 1.4L petrol, which will beat your Fiat 500 to 60 by 0.4 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model0.9L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L petrol
zeroTo6210 - 1112.9 - 138.5 - 13.6
torque145102131
bhp85 - 10569100

What size caravan or trailer, can the Fiat 500 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Fiat 500 0.9L petrol which has 145 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 830kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.