Coupe: 2014 Fiat 500

Chic and cheerful city car remains a stylish choice; ferocious Abarth variants joined by more refined turbo model

Offering a little retro style at a truly affordable price-point, the petite Fiat 500 has all the practicality of a fuel-sipping city runabout, while still being as fashionable as an expensive luxury car. A top safety pick despite its small size, the 500 gains a few tweaks like some added headroom and new available interior trims, as well as the addition of a new Turbo model. Powered by a 135 hp engine, this new variant splits the difference between the economical standard car and the crazy-quick Abarth models. The 500 is available as both a coupe and cabriolet throughout the range. Top-spec Abarth models are a performance bargain, and might just be the best-sounding car on the market for under $50K.

The Specs

Type Two-door coupe and convertible
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Base engine (hp) 1.4L 4-cylinder (100 hp)
Optional engine(s) (hp) 1.4L 4-cylinder turbo (135 hp), 1.4L 4-cylinder turbo (160 hp)
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Fuel economy (L/100km, city/highway) 6.5/5.0
Basic Warranty 36 months/60,000 km

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