The Fiat 500C four-position retractable soft-top convertible cuts a fairly small footprint, is fun to drive, handles well, offers a plethora of customization options, gets great gas mileage, and has an excellent safety rating. You can seat two comfortably, and four in a pinch, and there’s adequate trunk space for your daily needs. Economically priced with an MSRP under $25,000, the 500C has a nice rev and enough power for intown or highway driving. Three trims are available: the Pop, the Easy, and the Lounge.
Fiat 500 Safety
The 500C includes seven airbags, Isofix child seat anchor points, and anti-lock brakes. It has received a five-star crash rating from the Euro New Car Assessment Programme and has been rated average in reliability in a JD Power customer survey. Rear parking assist, electronic stability controls, and remote keyless entry are standard on all models. All models also include a 50,000-mile/48-month warranty and unlimited roadside assistance.
Economical to Drive and Easy to Handle
The 500C is ideal for city driving and includes a “city” button that makes steering effortless, meaning parking and three-point turns are a breeze. Four engine configurations are available, including a 1.2- and 1.4-liter gas engine, turbocharged 0.9-liter Twinair, and a multijet diesel. A manual transmission is standard; automatic is optional on all models.
The Twinair performs best at high revs, and the multijet diesel manages to be punchy while still maintaining impressive fuel economy. Any engine choice will get you around 100 miles with just 3.3 gallons of gas. Fuel economy is enhanced by stop-start technology.
Fiat 500C Interior
The interior of the 500C features a retro-style dash and audio controls conveniently located on the steering wheel. Standard features include a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, integrated voice commands with Bluetooth, center console media hub, and a spare USB port in the glove compartment. Optional available features include a larger touchscreen infotainment system, USB, DAB, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The front seats are roomy enough to comfortably seat adults, with plenty of space in back for the kids. Trunk space can be expanded by folding the rear seats.
It is anticipated that the 500C will maintain a good resale value, making it a safe bet compared to some competitors in the subcompact class. It’s a great option for its balance of safety, reliability, and comfortable handling, and it lets you enjoy some roof-down driving fun without breaking the bank.
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