- Retro charm
- Low running costs
- Good crash protection
- Efficient engines
- Expensive new
- Some pricey options
- Over-customised used models
The Fiat 500C – for convertible - arrived a year after the hatch’s introduction, with the soft-top pitching in 2009. Since then, it’s been a staple of the 500 range and offers fresh air thrills with the ease of its retractable fabric roof. The simple roof design also ensures the Convertible drives every bit as well as the hatch model.
Rather than completely lop off the roof of the 500 hatch, Fiat has designed the Convertible with a retracting fabric hood that is more like a giant sunroof. It folds all the way back to the base of the rear screen, though it obscures vision in the rear view mirror when folded to this extent. It can also be folded so the rear screen stays upright, so more like an elongated sunroof and it’s in this mode where the Convertible makes most sense The roof is quick and easy to operate and its design also means the 500’s small boot is preserved almost intact rather than forfeiting space to the hood.
Fiat has not stinted buyers when it comes to engine choice for the 500 Convertible. There’s a choice of 0.9-, 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines and each offers a very distinct experience. The entry-level 1.2 is easy going, while the 0.9 TwinAir has a distinctive engine note and loads of low-rev pull. The 1.4 turbo is reserved for the Abarth model and can be tuned further form the standard 135bhp to 160bhp. A 1.3-litre turbodiesel caters for those with maximum economy on their mind.
In September 2015 the latest revisions to the Fiat 500C were introduced, although to the naked eye it may be difficult to spot any changes, over 40 percent of the cars components have been revised.
From the outside the car features new headlights and ring-like LED daytime running lights, the grille has been refreshed and now showcases a new 3D effect, plus the bumper has also been reshaped.
Slip inside the cabin and you’ll notice a new multimedia system which features the latest UConnect connectivity system, new materials offer greater quality, plus behind the wheel there’s a modern digital display.
Engines have also been tweaked to offer lower running costs and there’s more kit on offer too and the good news is there’s only a small price rise over the previous model.
Customisation is an important part of the Fiat 500’s make up and this latest version offers even more ways for buyers to make their cars unique. New second skins are on offer with a range of different patterns, there’s also a variety of interior colour schemes to choose from, new alloy wheel designs, a chrome-plated bonnet line and you can pick different colours for the roof too.
So if you’re considering splashing out on a retro drop-top, read our Fiat 500C review to find everything you need to know.