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Why Lease The 500 Hatchback?

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Fiat 500 Hatchback Review 2023

The Fiat 500 Hatchback is a compact and stylish city car that offers retro looks and decent practicality. An absolute classic on UK roads, the 500 Hatchback is perfect for city dwellers who need a practical car to get them from A to B. 

Rivals to the 500 Hatchback include the Volkswagen Up, Kia Picanto, Hyundai i10, and Suzuki Ignis

Our Fiat 500 Hatchback review covers:

Fiat 500 Hatchback Key Features

  • Iconic styling with some nice modern touches 
  • Compact interior that's well organised 
  • 185-litre boot 
  • A 1.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol engine is available 
  • Three trims: 500, Red, and Top

Fiat 500 Hatchback Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Iconic styling
  • Good fuel economy 
  • Well equipped with plenty of kit 

Cons:

  • Rear space limited 
  • Not great on the motorway 
  • Infotainment system tricky to use

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The 500 Hatchback is perhaps the best-looking city car on the market. It combines retro design like round headlights with slick features such as a stylish front grille and 15-inch alloy wheels. 

Because it's a city car, the 500 Hatchback isn't that generous with interior space. However, there should be enough room to accommodate four passengers, albeit a bit tight in the rear. Up front, there's a good amount of space for two adults, while the rear seats are more oriented towards children. 

Fiat 500 Hatchback exterior

Boot space comes in at 185 litres for the 500 Hatchback, which is significantly less than the 250 litres in the Volkswagen Up. There's enough space for a weekly shop in the standard boot, and if you're carrying longer items, you can split and fold the rear seats 50/50. 

Interior and Trims

The interior of the 500 Hatchback looks good, but scratch beneath the surface, and you'll find cheap plastics that are all too common. Although this makes it fall short of premium cars, the interior of the 500 Hatchback fits the bill for a city car. 

On the dashboard is a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has a DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It's a decent system with sharp graphics, but it can be fiddly to use when on the road. 

If you want more tech, upgrade to the Top trim, which has a seven-inch digital instrument display behind the steering wheel. 

Three trims are available: 500, Red, and Top. 

500 comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a Technoleather steering wheel with audio controls, body-coloured and electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, a 50/50 split folding rear seat, a fixed glass roof, and cruise control. 

Red adds to this with 16-inch alloy wheels, unique red interior and exterior styling, and a cabin air filter. 

The range-topper Top adds aluminium door sills, dark tinted rear windows, automatic climate control, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, rear parking sensors, and 3D navigation on the infotainment system. 

Power and Performance

Just one engine is available in the 500 Hatchback; it's a petrol mind-hybrid unit that has front-wheel drive and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission. It combines a three-cylinder engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery to recharge when braking. 

It's powerful enough for city driving, coming with 70hp and accelerating from 0-62mph in 13.8 seconds. However, what will interest most is its fuel efficiency, returning an excellent combined 61.4mpg. 

Fiat 500 Hatchback interior

The 500 Hatchback is best suited when operating in an urban setting. It has good handling, which makes it pretty easy to manoeuvre on tight roads, and its suspension does its best to soak up potholes when cruising at low speeds. 

As you get up to motorway speeds, it becomes clear that the mild-hybrid engine is being pushed to its limit with a fair bit of wind and tyre noise inside the cabin. 

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Fiat 500 Hatchback start from £15,774.00 OTR* or to lease from £126.08 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the Fiat 500 Hatchback? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest car leasing brokers and offers a range of leasing deals to suit your every need.

Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Fiat 500 Hatchback
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4.3 out of 5

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Julie Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

Fun an practical

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4.6 out of 5
Susan Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

The vehicle is comfortable and had excellent headroom even for the tallest of people. It is economic to run and insure, mileage efficiency is high.

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Joan Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

In real terms this fiat 500 is excellent for my personal needs, can’t praise it enough

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4.9 out of 5
Lee Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 Lounge

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3.7 out of 5
Thomas Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

Boot is a little tiny, however the car fits everywhere. Ideal for London busy roads.

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4.7 out of 5
Helen Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

It’s a great little car It would be perfect if it had a built in sat nav

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4.7 out of 5
Stephanie Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

I love my car! It’s small, which is great as I live in town and it’s easy to park and it has plenty of space inside despite being a little car. CarPlay is really good and it’s comfortable to be in.

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3.7 out of 5
Angela Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

Lovely little run around

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4.3 out of 5
Terry Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

It is a Fiat 500 so all scores marked in relation to that. For what it is, it is a great little car, enjoyable to drive, has enough space to do what I need and whole package looks good.

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4.9 out of 5
Frances Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

Only one problem. The radio will not link to my phone via Bluetooth. I always have to plug it in

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4.0 out of 5
Sophie Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 S

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Kathleen Fiat 500 Hatchback 1.2 Pop Dualogic

Does not have air conditioner

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4.4 out of 5
Alan Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge

Fiat 500 Is good for me. Being single, I do not need a large car or massive boot space. In-car technology is good. Especially when linking up to fiat's UConnect Live app

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4.4 out of 5
Maxine Fiat 500 1.2 S

It’s perfect for getting to and from work. Is economical to run. Is anice looking small car. Interior is smart and comfortably. Just fits what I wanted from a car

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4.3 out of 5
Louise Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge

lovely small little run around, perfect for my needs

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