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As a starting point, the Pop specification offers the practical items such as ABS with EBD, seven airbags, hidden stowage under the front passenger seat, a one-piece folding rear seat, minus headrests and an MP3 compatible radio/CD player with six speakers.

As a starting point, the Pop specification offers the practical items such as ABS with EBD, seven airbags, hidden stowage under the front passenger seat, a one-piece folding rear seat, minus headrests and an MP3 compatible radio/CD player with six speakers.

The Lounge, as tested, adds air-conditioning, Luxury interior trim, 15-inch alloys, chrome exterior trims, body-coloured door mirrors. The rear seats get headrests and a 50:50 split and fold function and the leather-covered steering wheel gains Blue&Me controls.

Blue&Me is a Windows Mobile-based system and the result of a collaboration between Fiat and Microsoft. It is fully integrated and offers hands-free communication with voice recognition that doesn’t need priming and works with Bluetooth mobile phones. The controls on the steering wheel enable scrolling through the mobile’s ‘phone book or it can be fully installed on the system and updated whenever the mobile is detected. Up to five different mobile phones and their ‘books’, can be ‘registered’ on the system at any one time. There is also a dedicated USB port between the front seats to alloy playback of music files, such as MP3, WMA, WAV, smart phones or a USB flash drive.

The Sport has much the same specification but swaps the Luxury interior of the Lounge for a Sports trim and adds dark-tinted rear windows, a spoiler and fog lights. It loses the fixed glass roof that comes with the Lounge but it is available as a £200 option on the Pop and Sport trims, alternatively, The SkyDome, opening sunroof, is available across the board, for an extra £500.

All three engines are Euro 5 compliant even thought those emission regulations don’t come into force until next year. That said, not all of them qualify for the new 100 per cent discount from the London Congestion Charge, the 1.4, which forms the basis for the new Abarth version, at 149g/km, is over the 120g/km, threshold, so that’s £8, thank you.

On the other hand, the 1.2 petrol, engine emits 119g/km, which also puts it in VED Band B (£35). This unit was in the test car and has been used extensively throughout the Fiat portfolio but has had a few tweaks to make it more economical.

It produces 69bhp (51kW, 70PS) at 5,500rpm and over 101Nm (75lb ft) of torque at 3,300rpm. With the 1.2 under the bonnet and not at the back as in the old 500, the car completes the 0-62mph sprint in 12.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 99mph, where legal. Around town, where the new 500 will feel right at home, the perceived tardiness will not matter a jot but the urban fuel consumption figure of 44.1 mpg will.

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Fiat 500 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedFiat 500 1.2 Lounge
  
Body Type3-Door Hatchback
ColourCha Cha Azure
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.9 Seconds
Top Speed 99 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban44.1 mpg
Extra Urban65.7 mpg
Combined55.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 24/02/08)£9,300

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