Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The Cinquecento is fun to drive and has ace handling thanks to its precise steering and firm hold around corners. Although the gear-change is rubbery and the pedal layout a little awkward, vision from within the cabin is ideal for accurate manoeuvrability and easy parking.

The upright seats in the front ensure ample headroom and legroom, even for taller people, but this added space does have an impact upon rear adult passengers, who may feel a little wedged-in over long journeys. The firm suspension and noisy engine at high speed can spoil what is generally a comfortable and enjoyable ride, while the electric windows and central locking are unexpected bonuses, which add to the Cinquecento's appeal.