The Fiat 500 is full of luxurious and technical surprises

January 31, 2011 12:00 AM

The Fiat 500 isn't a very big car, but it doesn't need to be thanks to its dependable horsepower and superior driveability.

Motor Trend, one of the auto industry's toughest critics, praised the Fiat 500 in virtually every aspect, from its surprisingly spacious interior to its lightness on the road.

Inside, a large cup holder (they fit in a cup of coffee, a water bottle and two cell phones), volume controls on the steering wheel and other comforts make this car more luxurious than it's $18,750 price tag might normally dictate.

"Smaller is better in my opinion, as cutting mass usually means a better feel," said the reviewer. "And that's certainly the case here. Although you're not going terribly fast between the corners, the Fiat dives into them absolutely wriggling with enthusiasm to change direction -- and I love that feeling."

Acceleration is bit slow, unfortunately, reaching 60 mph in 9.7 seconds and the back wavers side to side upon sudden braking, but the car is otherwise solid. In the news source's words, the Fiat 500 is "delightful," plain and simple.

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