Fiat has given its retro-inspired 500 city car a facelift for the 2016 model year to add fresh appeal to this MINI-rivalling compact. We explore what these updates mean for the vehicle and its buyers below.
Observing the car from the outside reveals subtle enhancements that refine an already attractive model, rather than revamp it. On the front is a new chrome accent to join a pair of large daytime running lights. Choosing the range-topping Lounge version adds a chrome lower grille too, for a touch of luxury.
Fiat now offers a wider choice of options as well, so you can mould the finish to your tastes. Two new paint finishes join the options list, alongside two new alloy wheel designs.
On the inside of the 500 is where the Italian manufacturer has made the most changes. The dashboard retains its retro looks, but is modernised with a five-inch Uconnect infotainment display. The steering wheel now holds audio controls while AUX and USB input become standard-fit. Driving is therefore safer and more rewarding, as your choice of music can be selected without lifting a hand from the wheel.
Engineering advancements have also been made to refine the city car's output. Every engine has been adjusted to meet Euro-6 emissions levels, so you can drive with added satisfaction. The outgoing model's 69hp 1.2-litre petrol stays among an engine family that also features a 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo petrol producing 85hp and 105hp. An eco version of the 1.2-litre petrol is set to go on sale in the near future, as is a 1.3-litre diesel. The TwinAir unit is the cleanest and most economical you can choose, as it returns up to 74.3mpg and emits 90g/km of CO2.
The 2016 Fiat 500 facelift makes an already appealing city car even more attractive and you can explore it in more detail with Hartwell Fiat.