Italian manufacturer Fiat has made its name leaving the supercars to Ferrari and concentrating on models that most of us can afford to buy. Recent Fiat efforts have been characterised by stylish design and some particularly impressive diesel engines, helping them retain a strong following on the used car market.
| 500 (60%)
| Panda (8%)
| Tipo (5%)
| 500x (5%)
| 500l (4%)
| Punto (4%)
| Grande Punto (4%)
| Doblo (3%)
| Punto Evo (1%)
| 500c (1%)
Popular body styles: | Hatchback (85%) | People Carrier (3%) | Convertible (3%) | Estate (2%) | Van (2%) | 4x4 (1%) | Coupe (1%) | Saloon (0%)
Transmissions: | Automatic (4%) | Manual (96%)
Fuel types: | Diesel (16%) | Petrol (84%)
Engines: | 0.5 (0%) | 1100cc (1%) | 1200cc (72%) | 1300cc (1%) | 1400cc (11%) | 1500cc (0%) | 1600cc (6%) | 1900cc (1%) | 2000cc (1%) | 2100cc (0%) | 2200cc (0%) | 2300cc (1%) | 2400cc (1%) | 2800cc (0%) | 700cc (0%) | 900cc (4%)
Popular colors: | Green | Gold | Brown | Blue | Black
Popular derivatives: Active | Active Sport | Active Sporting | Dynamic | Dynamic Eco | Easy | Eleganza | Elx | Gbt | Lounge | Mylife | Pop | Sport | Sporting | Street | Twinair | Twinair Plus |
Fiat has a strong tradition of citycars which can be traced from the Cinquecento to the Siecento and more recently, to the Panda and 500. Built on the same platform, the Panda and 500 are very different used cars. The Panda is comfortable and surprisingly roomy for its size while the 500 majors in cool retro design and is sought-after among younger buyers. The Punto supermini is larger and has been extremely popular with UK buyers, so lots of used second hand models are about. The latest Grande Punto was launched in 2006 and matches clean Italianate lines with a sporty drive. With all these pre-owned small cars, seek out Fiat's 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engines for their excellent economy. Larger Fiats have been less successful but highlights from the upper end of the range include the unorthodox 6-seat Multipla MPV, a very practical second hand car, and the latest Bravo family hatch launched in 2007. Either would be a great way to buy a used Fiat.
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