ROAD TEST: Fiat 500C

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NIPPY: The Fiat 500C is ideal for urban drivers seeking a cool look. Credit: FIAT

THE TINY Fiat 500 has been produced for the past 60 years and was one of the first true city cars, a pioneering model which has sold more than six million worldwide.

Even in its early days there was a soft-top version available and the current 500 also comes with a sliding fabric roof to provide open top motoring, and it is a marketed as the 500C. Prices start at €16,404 (£14,460) though versions with more equipment of course cost more.

My test model was a 1.2 litre 69 hp petrol version in Lounge trim, with standard kit including air-conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors, touch-screen infotainment, alloy wheels and chrome detailing. This model costs €18,015 (£15,890).

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Top speed is160 kph, (99 mph) the 0-100 kph time is 12.9 seconds, and fuel economy 21.2 kpl (60 mpg). Emissions are 110 g/km.

The cute styling of the 500C is enhanced when its fabric hood is open and helps gives the car real presence. The car will seat four adults with reasonable comfort and the 185 litre boot is adequate for most shopping requirements. The two tone dashboard is very attractive and gives the interior of the 500C a real wow factor.

On the road, the car is nippy and very nimble, easy to drive and handle, and easy to park. Visibility is good and the seating position of the driver has a good range of adjustment, and the steering wheel has height adjustment too.

The Fiat 500C is a small car yet has a big personality, and is particularly appealing to urban users who will find its cool styling, agile handling and outstanding fuel economy a very attractive package.

Model tested was UK specification and equipment levels and pricing may vary in other markets.

Stats panel:

Model: Fiat 500C Lounge

Engine: 1.2 litre petrol

Transmission: 5 speed manual

Performance: 0-100 kph 12.9 seconds, top speed 160 kph (99 mph)

Economy: 21.2 kpl (60 mpg)

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