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A review of the new Fiat 500 2012

The new Fiat 500 is a solid-feeling hatchback with practical cargo space and a retro-classic styling. This new model was inspired by the Fiat Nuova 500, which was produced by the Italian manufacturer between 1957 and 1975. However, the new Fiat 500 2012 is considerable larger than its predecessor, being more than 12 inches longer.

The new Fiat 500 comes in three trims, the Pop, the Sport and the Lounge trim, each of them featuring distinctive characteristics. All models have a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, but if you are looking for 16-inch alloy wheels, you will have to go for the Pop trim, as this is the only one of the three to offer this option.

The interior design of the new Fiat 500 is a tribute to the Nuova, featuring a functional and simple instrument panel. All controls are nicely-finished and well laid out, with extra chrome accents present in the Lounge and Sport trims. The cargo volume is quite good for a vehicle of this size, coming up to 9.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in the upright position.

The 160 horsepower engine of the Fiat 500 2012 also draws from the Nuova predecessor, being based on the same ground-breaking design. As for standard equipment, the new hatchback from Fiat comes with stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill-start-assist, and a knee airbag for the driver as well as front, side and side-curtain airbags. Options include Tom Tom removable navigation unit, white outside mirror caps and automatic climate control.

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