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Fiat Cinquecento Hatchback engines, drive and performance

1993 - 1998 (change model)
Performance rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Nippy around town and responsive at low revs, the Cinquecento can struggle on hills and certainly wasn’t built for high-speed motorway cruising, although the Sporting model does offer extra power and a higher fun factor. At high revs, the eager engines are a bit too noisy and irritating over time, but it does corner superbly and is ideally suited for zipping through city congestion.

Although the ride is a little firm and unforgiving on bumpy surfaces, the Cinquecento is firmly rooted to the road on corners and copes well on twisting country roads. For a car of this age and price, you can’t expect miracles, but it is surprisingly responsive and competent at handling the awkward circumstances that urban driving can often throw up.