The Fiat 500 lives on in Australia with just two variants, despite almost being old enough to apply for a learner’s permit.
Pricing for the remaining two Fiat 500 automatic hatchback variants are up by $1550, which means the range no longer starts under $20,000 before on-roads costs.
The Fiat 500 range now starts at $23,100 before on-road costs for the Lounge, and extends to $25,800 before on-road costs for the Dolcevita
Both variants are only powered by a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, mated exclusively to a five-speed ‘Dualogic’ semi-automatic transmission.
After receiving an update allowing it to meet ADR side-impact regulation last year, the 500 has been treated a number of minor specification changes. Deliveries are expected to commence in December this year.
The Fiat 500 Lounge is now available with a body-colour dashboard as standard, which replaces the Techno Blue dashboard.
The Lusso Pack, which is only available on the flagship Dolcevita, now has a seven-speaker Beats sound system and a repair kit. Leather upholstery is no longer available in the pack.
Pricing for the optional Lusso Pack remains at $1900.
There are also some different exterior paint colours, including a two-tone black and white option for the Dolcevita.
Earlier in the year Stellantis Australia confirmed it will bring the Fiat 500e electric city car here, with expected arrivals commencing in the first half of 2023.
- Fiat 500 Lounge: $23,100
- Fiat 500 Dolcevita: $25,800
All prices are before on-road costs.
Although the pricing on offer here will carry over into 2023, Fiat Australia is referring to the 500 as a ‘model year 22, or MY22’ internally.
The Fiat 500 is powered by a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine producing 51kW of power and 102Nm of torque.
The only transmission available is a five-speed ‘Dualogic’ semi-automatic, with drive sent to the front wheels only.
Fiat claims the 500 can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 12.9 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 160km/h.
The 2023 Fiat 500 uses a claimed 4.8L/100km on the combined cycle.
It has a 35L fuel tank and requires a minimum of 95 RON premium unleaded petrol.
The 2023 Fiat 500 measures in at 3571mm long, 1627mm wide, and 1488mm tall, with a 2300mm wheelbase.
Boot capacity in the Fiat 500 is 185 litres.
The Fiat 500 is covered by a three-year or 150,000km warranty. It also has roadside assist for three years, or 150,000km, whichever comes first.
Service intervals for the Fiat 500 are every 12 months, or 15,000km, whichever comes first.
The Fiat 500 is currently unrated but did score a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on testing conducted in 2008. This rating is no longer applicable because the testing date is too long ago.
At the time it received a frontal offset score of 15.11 out of 16, side impact score of 15.80 out of 16, pole score of two out of two, and a seat belt reminders score of two out of three. The overall score was 34.91 out of 37.
The Fiat 500 comes standard with the following safety features:
- Seven airbags
- Rear parking sensors
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
Safety features such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a reversing camera aren’t available on any model.
The Fiat 500 Lounge comes standard with the following features:
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Space-saver spare wheel
- LED daytime running lights
- Heated side mirrors
- 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- 3.5-inch TFT digital instrument cluster
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Manual air-conditioning
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Fiat Blue fabric upholstery
- Body-colour dashboard
The Dolcevita adds:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Fixed glass roof
- Automatic headlights
- Fog lights
- Rain-sensing window wipers
- Chrome front grille surround
- Chrome rear bumper insert
- Chrome exterior window details
- 7.0-inch TFT digital instrument cluster
- Cruise control
- Climate control
- Premium cloth seat upholstery
The $1900 Lusso Pack available on the Dolcevita adds the following:
- 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels
- Seven-speaker Beats sound system
- Tinted rear and side windows
- Tyre repair kit (replaces space-saver spare wheel)
The Dolcevita is also optionally available with a $1500 electric sunroof.
The Fiat 500 is available in the following exterior paint colours, depending on the trim level.
- Gelato White
- Passione Red
- Vesuvio Black
- Sicilia Orange
- Pompei Grey
- Blu Ottanio
- Rugiada Green
- Bi-Colour White/Black
All colours apart from Gelato White cost an additional $550.
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