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This is a marque that has more than withstood the test of time – it has grown and gone from strength to strength. Built for the mass market, certainly, but with an individualism, flair and panache that remains distinctly Italian. Don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at some of the reviews we’ve sampled. Before that, though, here’s a very short history lesson.

The car maker was in it at the very beginning, starting out life as long ago as 1899, when it pulled out all the stops to build a grand total of eight cars in its first year. Over the ensuing decades, the company was to build millions of cars in several different countries, from Poland to Brazil. The bottom line for Fiat has always been to produce superbly designed, stylish motors for the mass market. Getting on for 3.5 million Fiat Cinquecentos alone were built throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Fuel economy

Fiat is at the forefront of auto efficiency technology, with its MultiJet diesel engine range one of the quietest, cleanest and most frugal on the market. Features such as Start&Stop ignition help to improve statistics even further and EcoDrive software analyses driving style to advise drivers how to achieve better fuel economy and reduce their environmental output.

The 500 with a 0.9 litre TwinAir petrol engine returns 95g/km in CO2 and fuel consumption up to 72.4mpg, while the 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel can get 76.3mpg.

Servicing costs

Many dealers offer fixed price servicing programmes, costing from about £99 for a basic service up to £199 for something more comprehensive. Consumables are also reasonably priced at about £4 for a spark plug, £7 for an air filter, £6 for an oil filter and £15 for a fuel filter.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 (or Cinquecento, to give it its Italian nametag) is an icon up there with the VW beetle and the Mini – and it could be argued that it has outlived both of them. But the Fiat 500 has come a very long way since the launch of its very first model many years ago in 1957. The original had just the one engine type and came with only two seats – the latest version has all the comforts you expect from a modern car, and more than 500,000 ways of customising it to suit your personal tastes!

Here are just a few snippets of praise for the current incarnation of this Italian icon:

  • 5-star Euro NCAP crash test rating;
  • modern design ticks all the right boxes;
  • improved handling and ride;
  • as many as 60 mpg in urban driving condition; and
  • overall, a well built and charming car.

So if you want to own this little charmer yourself it would set you back £10,320 on the road – that’s only £191.94 a month over 60 months if you arrange finance through Carfinance247 with a fair credit history and a deposit of £2,000.

Fiat Panda

Since its first appearance, the Panda has become almost as much of an icon as the Cinquecento. But this 5-door hatchback has also come a long way since its first appearance on British roads. In its current guise, the critics have singled out its:

  • ease to drive about town;
  • well-designed interior; and
  • the fact that it is an affordable car to buy and own.

The last is borne out by the fact that an on the road starting price for the Fiat Panda is just £12,095 – which in terms of a deal from Carfinance247 comes to just £290.16 a month over 48 months. This is based on you having a deposit of £500 and a good credit history

Fiat Punto

You don’t even have to choose between the competing icons of the Cinquecento and the Panda to enjoy everything behind the wheel of a Fiat. The Punto comes in at an even more economical price and attracts the praise of critics as follows:

  • above average practicality;
  • a stylish supermini; and
  • a genuinely smart interior.

Smitten by the sound of a Punto? It could be yours for just £10,175 on the road, which equates to only £212.67 a month over 60 months if you choose finance from Carfinance247. This is with no deposit and a good credit score.

Is it a Fiat you’re after? Just get in touch with us and we will do our utmost to make it happen.

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