The electrically powered roof can be controlled either by buttons next to the interior roof light or from the car remote control key fob...
Ride and Handling
We found the Dualdrive electric power steering well weighted and direct there is a city mode which can be activated via a button on the dashboard which significantly lightens the steering for low speed manoeuvres – we felt it was a little too light and that if we sneezed we might crash – but of course that is subjective.
It feels that you sit on the car rather than in it which gives a feeling of bouncing along – but it wasn’t an illusion the suspension is a little on the bouncy side. It doesn’t suffer from too much body roll which means that on A and B roads you can press on confidently and with the roof down the Fiat 500C suffers from minor scuttle shake and a little more road noise than we would have liked.
In summary if you are looking for a convertible with excellent driving dynamics then we would go for the MINI Convertible but if you are looking for a fun, stylish convertible the Fiat 500C is in a class of its own.
The electrically powered roof can be controlled either by buttons next to the interior roof light or from the car remote control key fob - the roof slides down smoothly in 15 seconds. It is very easy to operate and can be set in three positions, the first is almost like a sunroof position; the second is a spoiler position and the third is fully open. When using the remote control you can only open it to the spoiler position and for safety the roof stops 25cm from complete closure (just press and hold to fully close) and the third brake light is always visible. The soft top can be operated at any speed up to 37mph and an optional wind-stop can be positioned behind the rear headrests (attached to the parcel shelf) and there is no need to remove the wind-stop to open or close the roof.
The Fiat 500C is a four seater but in our opinion the rear seats are only suitable for small children -the rear seats fold flat and offer 183 litres of luggage space.
Pop models benefit from electric front windows, central locking, ignition key with customisable remote control, ‘active’ boot handle, electrically adjustable door mirrors, remote central locking, drive away locking, air conditioning, heated rear glass window, body coloured bumpers, chrome plated exterior door handles, trip computer, space saver spare wheel, heat reflecting windows and 14” vintage wheel covers.
There isn’t a glove box but there is a recessed shelf for storing items.
All round vision is good but over the shoulder vision is hampered by the thick ‘B’ pillars. The large wing mirrors are excellent and the wide opening doors and relatively low sill make entering and exiting the 500C easy. The leather wrapped steering is only adjustable for height not reach but the seat is height adjustable at the rear of the cushion and features a lever dial recline making it easy to get a comfortable driving position.
The fabric upholstered seats are comfortable and relatively supportive and the dashboard is well crafted and combines ergonomic features with stylish Italian design.