Top Ten Cars Like the Fiat 500

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 2 months ago

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  • Fiat
  • Car ownership
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WhoCanFixMyCar looks at some alternative cars to the Fiat 500.

The modern version of the Fiat 500 - inspired by the 1950s classic - has quickly become iconic thanks to its unique design, variety of colour options, functionality and sense of fun.

While the 500 holds its value better than many others in the class, it also has limitations, so we've compiled a list of alternatives. Some of the cars in this guide look or feel similar to the 500, while others have comparable features.

Contents

Dacia Sandero

Skoda Citigo

Hyundai i10

Toyota Aygo

Kia Picanto

Volkswagen Up

Vauxhall Corsa

Toyota Yaris

Mini Cooper

Citroën Ami

What's the best alternative to a Fiat 500?

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Dacia Sandero 

A grey Dacia Sandero

If cost is your main concern, the cheapest alternative to the Fiat 500 is the Dacia Sandero. It is one of the roomiest in the small car category with five seats. You get what you pay for, so upgrading to the premium edition is worth it.


2. Skoda Citigo

2018 red Skoda Citigo

The Citigo is sometimes called the ‘sister car’ of the Volkswagen Up because it's built on the same platform. However, it's cheaper and (unlike the Fiat 500) available in three- and five-door versions. It was discontinued in 2020 to make room for a new electric version, the Citigo e-iV, but it still makes a great used buy.


3. Hyundai i10

Hyundai i10

The i10 is Hyundai’s version of the city car. It also comes with five doors as standard. It’s deceptively roomy, has three seats in the rear and ample boot space. The interior is well-designed, if a little plasticky. The initial price rises if you add features such as air conditioning and the infotainment system.


4. Toyota Aygo 

iStock-Toyota Aygo2

The Toyota Aygo is available in both three and five-door versions. Maintenance, fuel and insurance are pretty cheap for the Aygo, making it an excellent choice for money-conscious motorists.


5. Kia Picanto

A yellow Kia Picanto

The Kia Picanto is only available as a five-door. The interior is still made of plastic but looks very sleek and durable. There are three seats in the rear if needed, but it would be a tight squeeze for three adults. The boot is also large. The Picanto comes with an impressive seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, guaranteeing peace of mind if something goes wrong.


6. Volkswagen Up

VW Up

The Up is available in three and five doors, and the entry-level version has Volkswagen Connect, a great little system. Unfortunately, the Up was discontinued in 2023, but we'd still recommend it if you're in the market for a used car. It is easily one of the best city cars and is known for combining comfort with economy.


7. Vauxhall Corsa

An orange 2021 Vauxhall Corsa.

The Vauxhall Corsa has been on our roads since 1993 and has changed significantly. The current model line-up is the most impressive, with its infotainment system among the best in class. The interior is smart and well-designed to prevent it from looking too cheap. If you’re looking to spend more, you can get more, but it’s fair for the price.

Find out about common problems with the Vauxhall Corsa.


8. Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is known for being ultra economical, so if you're looking to save money on fuel, this is the car to buy. It's also reliable and holds its value well compared to many rivals. In 2023, it was named Best Hybrid Small Car for the second year in a row at the Electrified Top 50 Awards.

Read about common problems with the Toyota Yaris.


9. Mini Cooper

A red Mini Cooper

If you like the Fiat 500, you probably like small, quirky, characterful cars. Enter: the Mini Cooper. It has abundant style and substance to match, with a classy interior, excellent infotainment system and strong resale value.


10. Citroen Ami

A Citroën Ami

The Citroën Ami is even more quirky than the Fiat 500. In fact, it might be the most quirky car we've ever seen (though technically, it's a large electric quadricycle). The Ami is aimed at the city driver market and has plenty of clever design touches to hold your attention long after the shock of its unusual appearance has worn off. However, it's also limited to 28 mph, so you won't be going anywhere fast if you buy one.


What's the best alternative to a Fiat 500?

In our opinion, the best alternative to the Fiat 500 is the Volkswagen Up. Both cars are small and nippy with a fairly similar look and feel. The VW comes with plenty of room and holds onto its value for longer than many other city cars.


Frequently Asked Questions

What dimensions do Fiat 500s have?

The Fiat 500 has a height of 1.49 meters, a width of 1.63 meters, a length of 3.57 meters and a wheel base of 2.31 meters.

What is the interior of a Fiat 500 like?

With retro touches throughout and a unique dashboard, the Fiat 500 is as stylish on the inside as on the outside. You can choose from different trims and fabrics, giving the design a personal touch, and there are a range of seating options depending on which model you go for as well.

What are some common problems Fiat 500s have?

Common problems with the Fiat 500 include clutch failure and worn suspension components - find out more in this guide.


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