2015 Fiat 500 Pop review
Robert Pepper’s 2015 Fiat 500 Pop review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety, verdict and rating.
On the outside
Room & Practicality
There’s no centre console, this being a small car. Instead, there’s a hefty parkbrake but it’s all too easy to grab instead the seat height adjuster. Seatbelts can be a bit fiddly too, but both problems are solved with a bit of familiarty. Again, it just shows this car needs a bit of learning and familisation.
On the inside
Performance, Ride & Handling
The automatic transmission is of course different to the norm. What’s missing? P for Park. You put the car in gear, first or reverse, when you park. That is because this is a ‘automatic manual’, a concept which is fully explained here. Suffice it to say that if you love your manuals, but want the convenience of an automatic then this design of gearbox may just be precisely what you’re looking for – most of the involvement, driveability and fun of a manual with the boring work part removed. An excellent choice by Fiat, and this is one of the few automatic cars where it’s actually interesting and rewarding to use the manual mode.
Pricing & Equipment
2015 Fiat 500 Pop Dualogic
PRICE : from $18,500 (+ORC); WARRANTY : 3 years/150,000 kilometres; SAFETY : 5 star; ENGINE : 1.2-Litre four-cylinder petrol; POWER : 51kW at 5500rpm; TORQUE : 102Nm at 3000rpm; TRANSMISSION : five-speed automatic; DRIVE : Front-wheel drive; BODY : 3.54m (L); 1.63m (W), excl mirrors; 1.48m (H); TURNING CIRCLE : 9.3M; WEIGHT : 900 kg; TOWING : 400kg unbraked / 800kg braked (really!); FUEL TANK : 35 litres; SEATS : 4; SPARE : Space saver (full-sized does fit, but you’d lose 40mm of boot space as it’s a wider tyre); THIRST : 5.1/100km (ADR81/02 combined); FUEL : 95 RON