New Fiat 500 goes on sale

The new Fiat 500 has gone on sale in the UK.

Available with three trim levels - Pop, Pop Star and Lounge - and in hatchback and convertible versions - the new Fiat 500 features a revised exterior including new bumpers, front and rear light systems and new colours.

Prices start at £10,890 for the 1.2 69hp Pop and £11,765 for the Pop Star (£13,065 with the 0.9 TwinAir 85hp model). The 500 Lounge starts at £12,640 to £14,420 for the 500 Lounge 0.9 TwinAir with 105hp.

Pricing for the convertible 500C starts at £13,540 for the Pop Star model rising to £17,070 for the range-topping 500C Lounge with the 0.9 TwinAir 105hp.

Standard equipment across the line-up includes seven airbags; remote central locking; electric front windows; electric mirrors; Uconnect Radio with six speakers, AUX-IN and USB ports; steering wheel remote controls; Start & Stop; a space-saver spare wheel and LED daytime running lights. A fully-electric convertible roof with heated glass rear screen is standard on all 500C models.

With enhanced cabin comfort plus new Uconnect infotainment systems the new Fiat 500 has grown with advanced technologies, improved efficiency, more customisation options and a Centro Stile Fiat-refreshed exterior and interior. No fewer than 1,800 changes have been made.

The most changes can be found at the front, which retains the face of its predecessors, with headlights which are still circular in shape but which adopt new polyellptical modules for improved night vision and extra safety. The trapezoidal nose gets more pronounced ribbing and the auxiliary air vent is now fed via a three-dimensional grille (with chrome-effect buttons on the Lounge version) flanked by chrome brightwork to give the New Fiat 500 'stronger visual presence'.

New alloy wheel designs are also introduced - the Pop Star and Lounge models have 15-inch alloy wheels as standard (a £320 option on Pop models) with 16-inch wheels available as a £370 option on Pop models and a £130 upgrade option on Pop Star and Lounge models. An new diamond-cut design is also available across the range priced from £350 on Pop models or as a £150 upgrade on the rest of the range.

There are two 'Second Skin' options: the first features a geometric pattern along the belt line (£140) and is available on 500 and 500C models, while the larger skin options cover the pillars and roof (£780) - and in some cases the bonnet and tailgate as well - and is available on the hardtop 500 only. Five patterns are offered: 'Ethnic' (geometric pattern); 'Lord' (classic tartan); 'Comics' (pop decoration) in combination with the new two-colour body paintwork; 'Navy' (nautical patterns) and 'Camouflage' (fashionably military).

The front seats adopt a more ergonomic shape and the interior upholstery is available in nine colour combinations with contrasting "crescent" upper portions and head restraints in black or ivory eco-leather. Black, bordeaux or tobacco Frau leather upholstery is also available (depending on model), with embroidered 500 logos on the crescent and contrasting bolster accents.

Further enhancements include a new lidded glove box on the passenger's side and a revised centre console with new cup holders and a relocated 12V power socket. New electric window switches, which adopt a push-down-pull-up operation, complete the visible interior revisions, while additional soundproofing panels in the wheelhouse and firewall making the passenger compartment even more comfortable and refined.