I want to start out by saying that the 2013 Fiat 500 is completely awful, and I mean that in the most sincere way possible. I went into the review of the Fiat 500 with a mindset that I was going to love the car for it’s quirks, though, and that stayed true throughout the entire process. As awful and boring as the 2013 Fiat 500 is, I fell in love with it for it’s simplicity and overall character. While I personally wouldn’t buy one unless it was the Abarth 500, I love the Fiat 500 for the cheap POS that it actually is. Let’s jump into our overview of the 2013 Fiat 500 Pop.
First off, let’s start with one of my favorite features (one of many) about the 2013 Fiat 500 Pop – the name. Adding Pop to the end of the name would make one assume that this was higher than just the base of the base model, but that’s completely incorrect. There’s truly nothing that “pops” about the base model Fiat 500, aside from the noise the high-beams make when they turn on.
With that out of the way, let’s move onto the exterior styling.
Overview of the 2013 Fiat 500
It’s white. It looks like a golf car, and it drive similar to one. That’s basically all you need to know.
In a more detailed manor, though, the 2013 Fiat 500 is actually a good looking car. The overall design of the car makes you feel like you’re always about to tackle the difficult city traffic the car was built to withstand, but the exterior is disappointing compared to the smart fortwo. Truthfully, there’s very little you can say about the exterior, mainly due to the size of the car.
The front of the Fiat 500 has a face of disappointment, which makes the car look a bit weird. I suppose I wouldn’t smile either if I was a Fiat. The body panels line up pretty well, which is surprising for people who know Fiats of past. That’s pretty much it. The Fiat 500 is a very cheap looking car, but that also means the body panels are very cheap to replace when you inevitably back into a much larger vehicle.
If you thought the exterior was a bit dull, you’re in for a surprise. The only feature inside the Fiat 500 that I actually loved was the color-matched plastic on the dashboard running across the length of the car. I was truly impressed with that piece, as it made the cheap experience feel less humiliating.
Overall, the interior was decently quiet and had a very fun ride. It wasn’t sporty, and it certainly wasn’t comfortable. It was purely unique to the Fiat 500, and I love that about it.
My biggest complaint about the Fiat 500 interior, though, is the lack of any common luxury that even cheap cars have today. The Fiat 500 was around $16,000 new without options (as if there are any). For that amount you could have purchased a Ford Fiesta, and I would have. There’s more room in the Fiesta, and it’s much less cheap inside. It’s still very cheap, but it’s less cheap.
I was truly disappointed with the interior, and if you want to know more about the overall comfort inside the 2013 Fiat 500 Pop, check out the video above.
It’s a love/hate relationship that I have with the 2013 Fiat 500. I would love to say that they’ve improved in the last five years, but we all know that’s not necessarily true. What I do love about it, though, is it’s quirkiness. There are few cars that maintain their sense of historic quirkiness. It’s the same reason that I love Land Rovers. While they’re far from the best when you truly consider the longevity of the vehicle, they’re fun. They’re different. In a lot of ways, it is like an old Land Rover. You never know when it’ll stop working, and they have this weird way of capturing your soul.
Personally, I’d stay away from the 2013 Fiat 500 Pop if I was looking for a small car, but that doesn’t mean you should. The car is built for a certain type of person, and although I haven’t been able to figure out who that person is, I’m sure they’re out there.