Fiat 500C Road Test (2013)

Fiat 500C (Interior View) (2013)

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ESP (electronic stability program) is an option...

Safety and Security

The Fiat 500 Hatchback scored 5 stars in the Euro NCAP ratings for adult occupation protection, 3 stars for child occupancy protection and 2 stars for pedestrian safety. The 500C is yet to be tested but as the body shell is derived from the hatchback and further strengthened you would expect a similar rating as its sibling.

The Fiat 500C is equipped with seven airbags as standard (two front, two side and one knee bag), ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electric brake distribution), HBA (hydraulic brake assistance) assisting with emergency stops and DRL (daytime running lights) and rear fog light. Three point seatbelts, height adjustable front head restraints, front seat belts with dual pre-tensioners & load limiters, Isofix attachments for child car seats.

Both the front and rear seats are equipped with an anti-submarining system which stops the wearer from sliding underneath the seatbelt during an impact.

ESP (electronic stability program), ASR (anti-slip regulation) and Hill Holder system which assists with hill starts is a £320 option.

The brakes felt reassuring with ventilated discs at the front and drums on the rear.


The Fiat 500C 1.2 Pop is equipped with a with a Radio/CD/MP3 player.

Our test car was fitted with Blue&Me hands free system with Bluetooth technology, voice recognition, steering wheel controls and USB port (£270 option).

  • MINI Convertible
  • Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
What We Liked
  • Cute exterior and interior styling
  • Engine
  • Versatile 3 position convertible roof
  • Slick 5-speed gearbox
  • Overall enjoyment factor and making other road users and pedestrians smile
  • Plenty of colour and upholstery combinations and a long options list for a truly bespoke 500C
What We Disliked
  • The limited rear visibility with the roof fully down
  • Quite expensive
  • ESP (electronic stability program), ASR (anti-slip regulation) and Hill Holder system which assists with hill starts is a £320 option
What We Would Like To See
  • ESP (electronic stability program), ASR (anti-slip regulation) and Hill Holder system which assists with hill starts as standard

Cute, sweet, iconic, gorgeous, stylish and cool – these are just a few of the descriptions given to the Fiat 500C by various acquaintances (young and old) during our time with it.

We really enjoyed our week with the Fiat 500C and it certainly unleashed the inner child that likes to collect things and in this case our collection wouldn't include the usual kids' plastic toys such as Moshi Monsters and Lego Mini Figures but a Fiat 500, 500C and a 500L – the 500C certainly became addictive to drive.

10 May 2013 Melanie Carter
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Fiat 500 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedFiat 500C 1.2 Pop
Body Type2-door Convertible
ColourEpic Blue
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.9 Seconds
Top Speed 99 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban49.6 mpg
Extra Urban65.7 mpg
Combined58.9 mpg
Insurance Group9
Euro NCAP Rating5-Star
Warranty3 Years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 10/05/13)£12,960 (£13,790 as tested with options)

The information contained within this Fiat 500 review may have changed since publication on the 10 May 2013. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Fiat dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018