The drop-top version of Fiat's retro mini car, the 500c distinguishes itself with creaseless Italianesque styling and a surplus of personality. All versions are fun to look at, and the turbocharged Abarth is particularly fun to drive.
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2015 FIAT 500c Overview
What's New for 2015
The gauge cluster gains a data display screen, and the Abarth is now available with an automatic transmission.
Choosing Your Fiat 500c
Unlike every other convertible on the market, the Fiat 500c has fixed roof pillars and side window frames. The fabric roof folds down behind the rear seat, opening the entire passenger compartment to the sky. The standard 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 101 horsepower and can be paired with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Abarth gets a turbocharged version of the 1.4-liter with 160 horsepower for dramatically improved performance.
The 500c is available in three trim levels:
- Pop: The entry-level 500c comes with all the expected passenger car features, plus some upmarket touches like heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth phone. The six-speaker sound system features a CD player and iPod interface.
- Lounge: The luxury model in the lineup, the Lounge carries alloy wheels, additional chrome trim, upgraded upholstery and automatic climate control. On the functional side of things, you get a power top, satellite radio and rear parking sensors. Exclusive to the Lounge is the Luxury Leather Package, which adds leather seating with front heat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
- Abarth: Aimed at fans of economical performance cars, the Abarth packs the turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension and beefier brakes. You also get 16- or 17-inch wheels and sportier styling throughout. The available Comfort and Convenience Package adds automatic climate control, satellite radio and heated front seats.
You can add to any model a TomTom navigation system and a Beats Premium Audio Package with upgraded speakers and a subwoofer.
As charming as they are, the Pop and Lounge don't offer much in the way of actual performance. That's perfectly fine with many buyers, but if the mere thought of a 101-horsepower engine gives you pause, you'll be much happier with the more powerful Abarth.