You might have seen TV ads for the 2012 Fiat 500, or maybe you’ve actually seen one rolling down the streets. The cars certainly capture attention for their unusual styling and hipness.
However, the question we had was whether there’s substance to go along with that style.
Some, but not a lot.
There has been an explosion of popularity in the last few years, especially among young hipsters, of very small, European-looking cars. The wave was started by the Mini Cooper, continued (albeit tepidly) by the Smart cars and has now been sustained by the Fiat.
But among that group, we have found that only the Mini offers a truly sensible, solid, overall rendering that’s suitable to a range of drivers.
The Fiat has cool looks, to be sure.
It’s got retro styling, a high stance and good color schemes.