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2018 Fiat 500 Walk Around


Not many cars can claim to look like nothing else on the road, but Fiat’s indisputably charming, stylish 500 is one of them. In addition to presenting a delightfully cute profile, fully capturing the essence of the old “cinquecento” model, it’s one of the smallest cars available.

What might be dubbed “button” style round headlights flank a small grille opening, suggestive of European minicars of the distant past. Up front, some added bulkiness brings the 500 in line with today’s crash-safety requirements. The new standard spoiler looks sharp, but not overly obtrusive.

Abarth models display some uniquely sporty details, including red brake calipers, in accord with their rambunctious nature.

On Cabrio models, the fabric roof power-folds into the rear. Unfortunately, it practically blocks rearward views.

Interior

Reflecting their heritage, body-colored Fiat 500 dashboards flaunt a jumble of buttons and variety of textures, shunning the familiar black trim. Unconventional design helps conceal some low-budget materials.

Four adults simply won’t fit into the hatchback, in particular, without agreeing to some comfort compromises. Rear legroom totals a modest 31.7 inches, making them more useful as a cargo shelf than a seating position, especially for longer treks.

Front seats are larger and more appealing than those in back, but they’re thinly padded and somewhat upright. For that reason, a taller driver might be short on head clearance. Lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility might not please younger buyers.

Cargo space is oddly shaped as well as skimpy, at a mere 9.5 cubic feet (5.4 cubic feet in Cabrios). Except for the battery-powered 500e variant, these Fiats can be noisy, especially the Abarth, whose abundant sounds amplify its rowdier personality.

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