Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gimme Five; Fiat's Evergreen 500 Moves with the Times with a Welljudged Series of Updates. ANDY ENRIGHT Takes a Look

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gimme Five; Fiat's Evergreen 500 Moves with the Times with a Welljudged Series of Updates. ANDY ENRIGHT Takes a Look

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WITH a more powerful TwinAir engine, an upscale T trim level slotted in and an interior with a smart digital instrument display, the Fiat 500 has evolved.

One thing hasn't changed. It's still the cutest city car money can buy.

e headliner is the fact that Fiat has introduced a 105PS version of the popular twincylinder 875cc TwinAir T engine.

is engine uses the same technology pioneered on the Italian brand's Fiat's MultiAir units, replacing the camshafts of a fourvalvespercylinder unit with electrohydraulic control of the inlet valves, allowing the engine to breathe more eciently.

As before, there's an 85PS TwinAir oered that gets to oered that gets to T 62mph in 11 seconds, but the 105PS car is usefully quicker.

Combined with a sixspeed manual gearbox as standard, it develops 145Nm of torque at 2,000rpm in Sport mode, gets to 62mph in 10 seconds and on to a top speed of 117mph.

You'll also 'nd rear disc brakes 'ted, as opposed to the drums on the lowerpowered car.

Aside from the two TwinAir T engines, 500 customers can also choose from a rather breathless 69PS 1.2litre petrol and an altogether more satisfying 95PS 1.3 MultiJet II Turbo T Diesel.

Both TwinAir engines are engines are T also oered with the Dualogic gearbox. Two driving modes T are oered Standard and Eco. In Eco, torque is restricted and the steering lightens up, which makes lowspeed manoeuvring even easier.

Press the Sport button in the 105PS TwinAir model and the T '"eco" display transforms into a turboboost gauge. It's a very slick touch.

e interior of the 500 oers a beautifully paredback look and feel but this time round there's a genuine piece of modernity in the dial pack.

A seveninch TFT digital instrument display, replicates the retro aesthetic of the analogue dials, with speedometer, rev counter and trip computer all easily read. …

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