2012 Fiat 500
There are 17 user reviews for the Pop Hatchback trim shown below
- Unique look, fuel-efficient, spacious interior, GREAT daily commuter car!
- Engine could use a little more horepower...
Purchased As New
Prior to this I owned a 2010 Ford Mustang V6, it was quite an adjustment going from 265HP down to 101HP. Overall that was what took the most getting used to. However I have previous experience w/ subcompacts having previously owned the Yaris HB and Sedan. So far I am extremely impressed w/ the vehicle in terms of efficiency, standard features, and overall quality of build.
The FIAT 500 is an excellent daily commuter and definitely one to consider for those in the subcompact/compact vehicle market. I purchased the 500 POP w/ Auto transmission and have been overall pleased w/ its performance and road manner. Where the FIAT struggles is in hilly roads, it's not a car I would probably drive for a trip up to the mountains however I think if needed, it would get me there. Highway speeds are no problem for the FIAT, for those of you worried the small engine will not perform at higher speeds. It definitely revs at higher RPM to get you to speed, especially when compared to the Mustang. The trick is engaging the SPORT driving mode, which all FIAT trims include standard. SPORT mode adjusts the throttle and transmission operation to cope w/ the higher driving speeds. It also tightens up the steering characteristics so the steering wheel doesnt bounce around and stays stable once you take it to 70+ MPH.
In city driving it's best to leave SPORT mode off as this assists in the low-speed maneuverability of the car, it makes the steering much nimbler and the acceleration more suited for stop-and-go traffic conditions.
Overall I am very pleased w/ the vehicle thus far and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a Yaris, Versa, Scion iQ/XD, and other comparable cars. A MUST over the Smart ForTwo, the quality of this car just blows the smart right outta the water! You get MUCH more standard features just on the base POP trim for a great price, features you would have to pay a hefty premium for w/ other brands. I look forward to FIAT's future product line and am excited to see more and more of these great cars on American streets!
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