2012 FIAT 500c: Video Road Test and Review
The FIAT 500C is a stylish two door four passenger premium compact convertible that features a retractable soft top with three preset positions and is capable of operating at speed of up to 50 MPH. The 500c is powered by a 1.4 Liter MultiAir pumping out 101 HP and 98 lb-ft of torque shifter through either a six speed Autostick in the case of the luxurious Lounge that gets an estimated 27 MPG around town and as much as 34 MPG at speed, or a much more fuel efficient five speed manual gearbox that gets an estimated 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. Fiat offers the 500c in three trim levels: POP, LOUNGE and GUCCI.
The entry level Fiat 500c POP rides on a set of 15 inch steelies with tech silver painted wheel covers or a set of optional five spoke alloys measuring the same size in diameter. The $19,500 500c POP is available exclusively with a five speed manual gearbox being shifted with a black shifter, on the outside the 500c features a pair of bi-halogen projector headlights, body colored side mirrors as well as chrome door handles and a matching exhaust tip. On the inside, the POP gets a leather wrapped steering wheel, premium floor mats with embroidered “500” logo and cloth seating that includes contrasting combinations of grey, black, ivory, red and brown fabrics. Audio duties are handled by an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack and USB port that features iPod control as well as BLUE&ME hands free connectivity with voice activated communication and Bluetooth telephone capabilities. Fiat also offers an optional six speaker Bose Energy Efficient Series premium high performance stereo with subwoofer to take the tunes even higher.
The next step up is the Fiat 500c LOUNGE which rides on a set of 15 inch aluminum seven spoke rims with optional premium silver paint and comes standard with a six speed automatic with Autostick or the optional manual. The $23,500 LOUNGE gets upgraded with chrome mirror covers to match the door pulls as well as a set of standard fog lamps. On the inside, the 500c LOUNGE features items like automatic temperature control and the premium Bose audio system as well as Sirius satellite radio standard. The shift knob gets upgraded to leather and the standard upholstery consists of premium cloth seats in either Ivory/Black or Grey/Black combinations, while premium leather seats are available with the Luxury Leather Package and an auto dimming rear view mirror and heated front buckets are part of the Convenience Group Package.
The top of the line Fiat 500c GUCCI is named after the classic Italian designer and features quite a few unique touches that would make Guccio proud. The $27,500 500c is available exclusively with a six speed automatic and comes in either Gucci Nero or Gucci Bianco wearing a set of matching 15 inch aluminum wheels housing green brake calipers underneath. However the most striking feature, aside from the chrome trim and Gucci badges is the soft top that features a unique set of stripes running the length of the roof. On the inside the high end 500c gets luxurious custom Gucci design leather upholstery as well as a leather wrapped two tone steering wheel with accent stitching and a custom Gucci shift knob; while a TomTom navigation system upgrades the 500c’s in car technology.
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