The popular Fiat 500 has won lots of fans thanks to its retro style and exceptional value for money. You can choose from an older, more-affordable model, which has been around for a while but still looks great, or the Fiat 500 Electric – an all-new, all-electric version (pictured) that was introduced in 2020.
The 1.2-litre and ‘TwinAir’ petrol engines in the older 500 are available with an automatic gearbox, which Fiat calls Dualogic. While some small cars are quicker and more fun to drive, the 500 has lots of character and is very user-friendly, with a simple dashboard and a great view out that makes parking easy. If you want to feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face try the open-top 500C version – it features a fabric sunroof that slides back to stow behind the rear seats.
All versions of the newer Fiat 500 Electric are automatic, because electric cars don’t have manual gearboxes.
Read our Fiat 500 review