After many months of anticipation, the new Fiat 500, winner of Car of the Year 2008, finally goes on sale in the UK on Monday, and more details about its economy and emissions are now available.
Fiat is proud that all the 500’s engine options are not only Euro 4 compliant, but also meet emissions limits which are expected to be set by forthcoming Euro 5 standards, more than two years before the legislative deadline.
The 500 goes on sale with a choice of three powerplants; the latest 75 bhp 1.3 litre 16-valve MultiJet turbodiesel, and two FIRE petrol engines – a 1.2 litre 8-valve 69 bhp unit, and a 100 bhp version of the 1.4 litre 16-valve powerplant.
Both the 1.2 litre petrol engine and 1.3 litre turbodiesel come with 5-speed manual gearboxes, while the 1.4 litre petrol unit is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Dualogic – a clutchless, 5-speed sequential manual shift with a selectable fully automatic mode – is offered as an optional transmission on all petrol-engined Fiat 500 models.
Here are the vital economy statistics that you need to know, with the Fiat 500 1.3 16v MultiJet Turbodiesel offering the best combined economy of 67.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 111g/km.
1.2 8v FIRE
4-cylinders, 8 valves
Power: 69 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 75 lb.ft @ 3000 rpm
Top speed: 99 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 12.9 seconds
in town: 44.1 mpg
out of town: 65.7 mpg
combined: 55.4 mpg
CO2: 119 g/km
1.4 16v FIRE
4-cylinders, 16 valves
Power: 100 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 97 lb.ft @ 4250 rpm
Top speed: 113 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 10.5 seconds
in town: 34.4 mpg
out of town: 54.3 mpg
combined: 44.8 mpg
CO2: 149 g/km
1.3 16v MultiJet Turbodiesel
4-cylinders, 16 valves
Power: 75 bhp @ 4000 rpm
Torque: 107 lb.ft @ 1500 rpm
Top speed: 103 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 12.5 seconds
in town: 53.3 mpg
out of town: 78.5 mpg
combined: 67.3 mpg
CO2: 111 g/km
This engine also has a particulate trap (DPF).
In terms of Fiat’s wider environmental position, the company is already amongst the ‘greenest’ car manufacturers in the world, and its cars boast some of the lowest CO2 figures available. Fiat is also introducing Euro 5 engines on the majority of its range by the end of 2009.
In 2006, 55 per cent of all the cars sold by Fiat had CO2 emissions below 140 g/km – an industry voluntary target – while 13 per cent were below 120 g/km. Fiat’s average CO2 output was 144 g/km for 2006.
Fiat is is currently developing Stop&Start, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent around town, the Multiair electronic inlet valve control system, and a new modular two-cylinder petrol engine.
Additionally, Fiat has teamed up with Microsoft to help motorists to drive their cars more economically and to reduce emissions. Using a system called EcoDrive, owners will be able to download information about their fuel consumption, driving conditions, emissions and how the car has been driven after every journey, and replay it on their personal computers. The system will encourage drivers to set themselves challenges such as CO2 reduction targets for each journey or over a set period of time. In a business community, several drivers could be encouraged to come together to achieve joint targets to make a bigger, collective impact.
All the vehicles in the Fiat range are already 95 per cent recoverable, anticipating the homologation deadline imposed by Directive 2005/64/CE, which will become obligatory for newly homologated models in December 2008 and for new registrations from July 2010.
To improve the environmental impact of its cars at the end of their life-span, Fiat has reduced the use of PVC and thermo-setting polymers, and has considerably increased the quantity of recyclable materials – thus making a significant contribution to the re-use of materials from scrapped cars.
On the technical and safety front, the 500 has a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating as well as ABS anti-lock brakes, complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel spin during acceleration, MSR to modulate brake torque while changing down, and a sophisticated ESP to control stability through bends. Vehicles fitted with ESP – standard equipment on 1.4 litre versions – also benefit from hydraulic brake assistance and a unique Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.
Nine versions of the new 500, priced from £7900-£10,700, go on sale in the UK at launch, with three trim levels – Pop, Lounge and Sport. It comes with lots of equipment including ABS anti-lock braking, remote central locking, seven airbags, electric front windows and door mirrors, an MP3-compatible CD player and Dualdrive electric power steering fitted as standard even on entry level models.
Options include automatic climate control, a SkyDome sunroof, parking sensors, an anti-glare electro-chromatic rear mirror, an Interscope Sound System Hi-Fi and Blue&Me mobile phone and MP3 player connectivity with steering wheel controls. And following in the footsteps of the Mini, the Fiat 500 personalisation programme offers an additional range of over 100 bespoke accessories which results in more than 500,000 possible trim, colour and option combinations.
The new Fiat 500 will become available in nine versions at launch, as follows:
1.2 Fire Pop £7900
1.4 16v Fire Pop £9300
1.3 16v MultiJet Pop £9300
1.2 Fire Lounge £9300
1.2 Fire Sport £9300
1.4 16v Fire Lounge £10,700
1.3 16v MultiJet Lounge £10,700
1.4 16v Fire Sport £10,700
1.3 16v MultiJet Sport £10,700