Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 7.1 - 9.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 41.5 - 52.3 mpg
  • Running costs manageable
  • Discontinued diesel is the economy winner
  • TwinAir not as frugal as expected

Running a Fiat 500 won’t cost you an awful lot, no matter the model you end up buying. While prices are reasonable to start with, it holds its value well and the engines are largely frugal – at least on paper.

Unsurprisingly the hybrid version added in 2020 boasts the best economy - compared to the previous 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine, this promises to use up to 20% less fuel. Fiat claims CO2 emissions of 88g/km and 53.3mpg.

The two-cylinder TwinAir, meanwhile, claims up a maximum of 51.4mpg on average, although you may have trouble of achieving it. If you’re pootling around town and not fussed about making moderately quick progress anywhere, you might get more than 50mpg. But as soon as you need to keep up with traffic on a slightly faster road, it’s easy to see the average fuel economy figure slip below 40mpg.

It’s also easily done simply by having a bit of fun – the growly engine note is quite infectious so you could find yourself driving everywhere in second gear just for the raspy sound of it. Just don’t expect to get anywhere near those on-paper figures. The 85hp TwinAir produces 106g/km.

Previously available engines

The 69hp 1.2-litre petrol claimed to return up to 50.4mpg – a figure that should be perfectly achievable even when driving the 500 relatively hard.

Fiat 500 boot badge 2020

Reliability

  • Recalls should have been sorted
  • Three-year warranty from new
  • Worth giving a used on a thorough once over

Fiat doesn’t possess the greatest reliability record for many of its cars, but the 500 in manual form is proving dependable enough.

Unfortunately the 500 has been subjected to recalls in its life – many of which are shared with the Panda. Many relate to the issues with brakes, steering and seat belts, and all should have been sorted out under Fiat warranty when the recall was originally issued.

Ensure that any recall work has been carried out if you’re looking at buying a used 500, and if you’re buying a new one, we hope that any big issues will have been ironed out. If you do encounter anything, Fiat’s three-year warranty will cover you.


Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £165
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 5 - 15
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