The Fiat 500 Lounge is the small iconic hatchback of the decade, and it has been updated with over 1,800 upgrades over the older model. The car combines fashionable style, efficiency and an affordable price tag, which makes it the ultimate city car that can equally perform perfectly on city streets and countryside lanes.
The model has been designed to remain true to its core appeal of the modern-retro look, and demand for the car has stayed high with sales growing year-on-year, so it makes sense to give the car a light ‘facelift’ rather than putting it through radical changes.
On the exterior you will instantly spot the refined headlights and the ring shaped tail lights which look neat and striking at night. At the front the airdam has a fun design as whiskers to the Fiat badge in the centre - the grille has a more appealing 3D look with chrome outlines either side. The lower rear bumper houses a shiny new chrome trim separating the reverse and fog lights on the edges.
The interior comes with a new dashboard design; the old CD/radio has been replaced by the Uconnect infotainment system giving it a fresh modern look – simplified. The steering wheel has a new three-spoke design with integrated audio controls, the seats have been reshaped for more comfort. The new technology combined with retro colours gives the interior a quirky edge and is also surprisingly spacious.
The engine has received a clean upgrade to comply with Euro 6 offering 85bhp and 105bhp versions of the 0.9-litre petrol TwinAir. This new engine technology uses electric energy to reduce fuel consumption up to 74.3mpg (combined) and reduce CO2 emissions to under 90g/km. A total of four engine packages are available including the standard 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol and to be revealed later this year a 1.3-litre MultiJet2 Diesel.
You can create your own individual 500 to stand out from the crowd, with even more customisable options than before. Similar to the MINI, the Fiat 500 sells on the personalisation features, so you can choose from two new colours and two ‘Second Skin’ graphics to run down the sides and the roof of the car.
Overall, Fiat has managed to fully upgrade the 500 whilst preserving the quirky modern-retro feel of the car which has made it famous and recognisable!