What Makes People Fall In Love With The Fiat 500?

March 31, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

There’s no denying that one can go out and buy a supermini with ease these days. Why? Because there are scores of different models on the market! One car, in particular, that seems the most popular with buyers is the Fiat 500.

The model first got unveiled back in 1957, believe it or not. These days, you are seldom likely to see examples of those cars except in a museum! What you will see is the newer model that first went on sale back in 2007. Almost a decade later, the “new” Fiat 500 has proven to be a hit with motorists across the globe.

It has taken on the likes of MINI and become just as iconic a brand. Millions of Fiat 500 cars got sold since the new model’s inception. What is it about that car that makes people fall in love with it?

It oozes character and appeal

Unless you have a visual impairment, you will notice one obvious fact about the Fiat 500. It boasts character and has plenty of visual appeal! It’s no secret that the Italian car maker designed the Fiat 500 as a fashionable vehicle. The model no doubt appeals to younger generations; but, it attracts people from all walks of life.

Other car makers have tried to ride on the success of the Fiat 500. The thing is: they fail to mimic the charm and allure that the Italian supermini offers.

It builds on the classic Fiat 500’s design

Another obvious fact about this bambino is how the design builds on the classic model’s style. The two models look almost identical in many ways! But, as you can imagine, the latest Fiat 500 comes with a modern twist.

Fiat has proven that a winning formula can often work by just improving an existing design. It can often be a tense time building a new model from scratch. But, as even MINI has found out, using existing frameworks can lead to future success.

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Many people loved the classic Fiat 500 models when they first got launched. It’s no surprise that they love the current ones for many of the same reasons.

It’s available in a range of different formats

When the “new” Fiat 500 first launched, it came out as a three-door hatchback. Today, it’s possible to buy models in different formats from the Thames Motor Group. For instance, the Fiat 500C is a soft top convertible. And then there’s the Fiat 500X, a larger crossover SUV.

Families can also enjoy the Fiat 500L and MPW models as they are larger and have five doors. In fact, it’s safe to say there is a Fiat 500 for almost any particular need.

Even petrolheads can enjoy high-performance motoring in a compact form. That’s thanks to the Abarth models, created by Fiat’s performance cars division.

You can buy one in many countries

The Fiat 500 is a supermini that is also available outside of its native Italy, believe it or not. One can buy a new or used model in more than 100 countries these days. You’ll see them in places like the UK, United States and even China!

Fiat builds the 500 in both Europe and North America. That gives it the opportunity to sell the model in a plethora of global markets. So, if you emigrate some day, it’s likely you can still enjoy the fun and thrill of driving a Fiat 500.

It’s an affordable supermini

The thing about buying a new car is you’ll often pay a hefty premium for it. That’s why many people prefer to lease brand new models and just buy used ones instead. Even in those cases, the money paid can still be rather high.

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One of the primary reasons people flock to the Fiat 500 is the price. It’s set at an affordable and reasonable amount. That makes it within reach of many buyers budgets. Now you don’t need to drive around in your old and inefficient vehicle. It’s cheaper than you think to upgrade to a Fiat 500!

It’s a car that makes a fashion statement

You already know that the Fiat 500 is a stylish supermini. But, it also makes an important fashion statement. People buy them because they are a reflection of their lifestyles. It’s a car that people who enjoy staying on trend love to drive.

It emphasises their need to look good even when they’re out on the road. Let’s face it: if you wanted to stay trendy, you wouldn’t drive an ugly car! It’s important to note that the Fiat 500 is a car popular with both genders. The baby Fiat is a model that caters to a broad audience of people.

The engines are efficient and affordable to maintain

Under the bonnet, one can select from a range of different power plants. Fiat is no stranger to engine innovation. Take their 1.9-litre turbodiesel engines. They get used by various brands from Vauxhall and Saab to Alfa Romeo and Peugeot.

The Fiat 500 features a variety of engine choices. Examples include the TwinAir petrol and MultiJet diesel units. They comply with the latest European and American emissions standards. Plus, they boast excellent fuel economy and low CO2 outputs.

That is all wonderful news for people looking to buy a new supermini. Plus, there’s the bonus that one can use either manual or semi-automatic gearboxes. This opens up plenty of choice to interested motorists.

Packed with technology

Last, but not least, there’s one final reason that draws us all to the Fiat 500: technology! The Italian car maker offers all kinds of useful tech usually found only in larger vehicles. Take, for example, the touchscreen infotainment system. One can use it for satellite navigation or streaming Bluetooth audio through the speakers.

The onboard computer can even give you tips on how to be a more eco-friendly driver. It does so by analysing your driving style. That means you could end up lowering your motoring costs even more with the Fiat 500.

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About the Author

Eric J. Leech is a born and bred auto enthusiast who has been a gear-head ever since he crawled out of his crib and got his Kool-aide stained mitts on a 67 Camaro SS (red, black bucket seats, no air-conditioning). He's since become an automotive journalist for a variety of sources, including DUB Magazine, American Auto Press, Import Tuner, Turbo & High Performance, and has also worked as a content provider for the Discovery Channel's, Mean Green Machines. Follow Eric J. Leech at Google+

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