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Fiat 500C

The Fiat 500C Convertible is unashamedly retro but that’s no bad thing. Rather than following the herd and trying to squeeze a folding hardtop into the little car Fiat have instead kept the door pillars in the same style as the cult classic 1950’s Nuova, and fitted a soft top in between. The original managed to combine a movie star chic with mass market practicality. The new car looks to repeat this and with its super efficient engines appeals to the bank account as well as the heart.

Fiat 500C Details

Production dates2010-current
Length3546 mm
Wheelbase2300 mm
Turning circle9.3 m
Luggage capacity185 litres
Fuel tank capacity35 litres
Warranty distance60,000 miles
Warranty length3 years
Service Intervals18,000 miles

Fiat 500 C 0.9 TwinAir

The eager Fiat 500C TwinAir combines great green credentials with everyday usability. It is a wonderfully characterful engine with an unusual sound. It makes the little Fiat great fun to drive while being particularly economical. It does struggle to match the official economy figures however, partly because the TwinAir engine begs you to put your foot down. For pure driving enjoyment however it rivals the 500C Abarth.

Fiat 500 C 0.9 TwinAir Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size875 cc
Power85@5500 bhp
Torque107@1900 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual / Dualogic
Kerb Weight970 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £14,710
UK Insurance group13

Fiat 500 C 0.9 TwinAir Performance

Max Speed (Manual)108 mph
Max Speed (Auto)108 mph
0-60mph (Manual)- seconds
0-60mph (Auto)- seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)11 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)11 seconds

Fiat 500 C 0.9 TwinAir Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)70.6 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)72.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)92 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)90 g/km

Fiat 500 C 1.2

The entry level Fiat 500C 1.2 litre lacks the extra power of the 1.4 or the character of the TwinAir but it is has great real-world economy and a low purchase cost. Perfectly suited to town driving where it is smooth and quiet. The standard equipment level is surprisingly good and it doesn't have a budget car feel at all.

Fiat 500 C 1.2 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1242 cc
Power69@5500 bhp
Torque75@3000 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual / Dualogic
Kerb Weight905 kg
UK Retail pricefrom £13,160
UK Insurance group4/9

Fiat 500 C 1.2 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)99 mph
Max Speed (Auto)99 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)12.9 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)12.9 seconds

Fiat 500 C 1.2 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)58.9 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)60.1 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)113 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)110 g/km

Fiat 500 C 1.3 Multijet

With the 1.3 litre diesel engine this Fiat 500 Convertible is made with economy in mind. It has enough power to feel flexible around town without needing too many gear changes while it will happily cruise along at higher speeds. The uprated engine now has more power and even better fuel economy than when it was first launched. The downside of the diesel engine is the noise which is all the more noticeable with the roof open.

Fiat 500 C 1.3 Multijet Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1248 cc
Power95@4000 bhp
Torque148@1500 lb.ft
Transmission type5-spd manual
UK Retail pricefrom £15,560
UK Insurance group5/17

Fiat 500 C 1.3 Multijet Performance

Max Speed (Manual)112 mph
0-60mph (Manual)- seconds
0-100kmph (Manual)10.7 seconds

Fiat 500 C 1.3 Multijet Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)76.3 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)97 g/km

Fiat 500 C 1.4

The 1.4 Fiat 500C was the most powerful and mature of the engines in the range and yet didn't drink too much fuel either. It is better suited for high mileage driving when compared to the TwinAir but not nearly as much fun around town or along windy country lanes. This model was discontinued, perhaps due to the success of the newer TwinAir.

Fiat 500 C 1.4 Specifications

Fuel typeUnleaded Petrol
Engine size1368 cc
Power100@6000 bhp
Torque96@4250 lb.ft
Transmission type6-spd manual / Dualogic
UK Retail pricefrom £15,705
UK Insurance group6/15

Fiat 500 C 1.4 Performance

Max Speed (Manual)113 mph
Max Speed (Auto)113 mph
0-100kmph (Manual)10.5 seconds
0-100kmph (Auto)10.5 seconds

Fiat 500 C 1.4 Economy and Emissions

EU Combined MPG (Manual)48.5 mpg
EU Combined MPG (Auto)50.4 mpg
CO2 Emissions (Manual)135 g/km
CO2 Emissions (Auto)130 g/km

Information last updated June 28, 2015

3 Owner Reviews

Do you drive a Fiat 500 C? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Fiat has 3 owner reviews.

  1. Loks says:

    On the surface the 500c 1.4 pop looks rather chic, but is very noisy. The paintwork seems to chip very easily and on average does between 33 – 37 mpg in the city, so not very economical at all. I have had mine since Sept 2009 (59plate)

  2. colin dutton says:

    My wife’s got a 500C Twin Air, she loves the styling and the drivability of the car. What we don’t like is the abysmal fuel consumption, averaging 34 – 38mpg according to use. The car offers a fine driving experience and the motoring journalists love it but it is clear that they lazily regurgitate official MPG figures instead of checking the real world consumption for themselves.

    A charming car but a con trick. There’s no defect with the car, the official consumption figures are obtained in highly artificial conditions that the owner cannot duplicate. I bought the car on the strength of reviews by people like you hyping impossible figures instead of testing it for yourselves and I’m paying for that mistake week in week out at the petrol pump.

  3. Haroon says:

    The multijet engine has the best in class power/weight ratio diesel technology offers today. Secondly, until this machinery was introduced Diesel engines were looked down upon as non-environment friendly and expensive to maintain. The engine makes use of spring loaded valves that open/close at a definite fuel pressure. It makes use of multiple points to inject a pre-determined quantity of fuel, rather than the conventional single-central point of injection.

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