Residual values for the Fiat 500 have stayed strong and you should expect to get back close to half of what you paid after three years. That’s not up at Mini levels, but it’s pretty good. Other ownership costs are competitive, too. Mechanically this is a Panda underneath, and that car has proved reliable, which bodes well for the longevity of a new 500.
Fuel consumption is very reasonable from the evidence of our tests; you should manage to achieve the 49.6 urban mpg without too much trouble in the 1.2-litre petrol.
The TwinAir used to dodge road tax with its 95g/km of Co2, but stricter legislation means it is no longer exempt. The 35mpg fuel consumption we achieved in our tests is very disappointing compared with the official 68.9mpg figure, even if its performance is strong. If your annual mileage is low, that will matter less. If it’s higher, consider the Multijet diesel instead.
Unlike many convertibles where extra weight is an issue, Fiat claims identical economy and emissions figures for the 500C as the hard-top car. Insurance groups are competitive, and although a three-year warranty is average now, the 500 is a well assembled car with a good reliability record.The 500 is well equipped, with no fewer than seven airbags helping it to score the full NCAP five stars. The Lounge trim is our pick and comes with electric front windows, a fixed part-glass roof, air conditioning, a leather-rimmed wheel with controls for the stereo, and a Bluetooth system.