Initially, design is what sells the Fiat 500. The proportions of the original have been replicated here, which is an achievement in itself, given that the original was a two-seater with an air-cooled engine in the back, and this is a four-seater with a water-cooled engine, mounted more conventionally in the front.
It’s not hard to understand the popularity of the Fiat 500. The style it exudes on the outside is carried through to its cabin; it's a charming car that also feels well built.
The 500 appeals as a finely wrought, thoroughly practical evocation of the original 500, and backs that up with a good finish and tempting customisation options. In the case of the TwinAir it appeals with advanced engineering as well, its two-cylinder engine putting out the power and torque of a diesel, but with more refinement.