When we buy a car, we want it to make us feel special. Now that the Fiat 500C has hit our shores, it’s easy to see that this convertible has excelled in this aspect. It combines the fun of a convertible and the ease of use of a compact car. You feel so happy when driving the 500C it should be categorized as an anti depressant. With such a cheap and cheerful car, you would expect it be made of plastic and have the same cosmetic qualities as an outhouse. As soon as you peek inside and out, you are amazed.

The 2012 Fiat 500C promises all the fun and style of the Fiat 500 with a convertible drop top that lets you soak up the glorious sunshine. The amazing thing is a fully loaded 2012 Fiat 500 C is the same price as a base model MINI convertible. We just looked up thew word value in the dictionary and not surprisingly, it showed a picture of the 2012 Fiat 500C.

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  • Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C
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Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C Exterior
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The Fiat 500C is extremely warm and inviting. As you get closer, the presence of a convertible top serves to heighten your excitement. The model we tested came with very stylish 15 inch aluminum wheels and, combined with “rosso” red paint, they make the FIAT as flamboyant as a Ferrari. The thing we adore about the little FIAT is the fact that it stays true to its roots. Whereas small cars like the MINI have gotten larger, making it harder to see the lineage, the FIAT genealogy is as clear as day as the shape of the original 500 has made the jump to the 21st century. This exterior invites you to venture inside; like a cafe in the piazza, you know it will be a place of relaxation and revelry .


Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C Interior
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The interior is the crown jewel of the 500C, absolutely stunning. The model we tested was the top of the range - the Lounge-Luxury model - and comes standard with Bluetooth Connectivity, as well as heated front seats. Our favorite piece of equipment, however, was the integrated tachometer/thermometer/speedometer and calender. We especially loved watching the revs match the speed. The Bose speaker sound system was also phenomenal.

This interior is one of the brightest and most joyful places to be on the planet. It gets even better... As soon as you retract that cloth top it becomes simply sensational. You never want to stop driving and it truly makes any journey a festival of merriment.


Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C Drivetrain
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The Fiat 500C isn’t powered by some big burly engine. Instead, it has a 1.6 liter Inline-4 that has variable valve timing and 4 valves per cylinder. This engines develops 101 horsepower and 98 lbs/ft of torque. In our Lounge Model, this engine was mated to a magnificent 6 speed automatic. This power train pushed the little FIAT to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds. This engine reminds us of a peppy little terrier and while it may not be a greyhound, it still loves to run and scamper about. The underpinnings of this little terrier consist of MacPherson struts as well a stabilizer bar in the front and in the rear lies a twist beam axle with coil springs. The suspension combined with a 63/37 front to rear weight distribution will ensure it will be lively in the corners. In addition to this, the Fiat has bequeathed the 500C with phenomenal brakes (10.1" in the front, 9.4" in the rear). These brakes will let you use the rambunctious little engine all the way to the apex . When you do hit the brakes, they respond so quickly it feels like braking by telepathy. The performance of this car is very enjoyable. The vigorous engine combined with the pleasurable handling make this a complete car.


Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C Exterior
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We sincerely enjoy the 2012 Fiat 500C. We found that it is not flummoxed by any situation and it trumps the competition from MINI in the style department. Although you may look at the engine and think psshaw... “my Roomba has more power than the little FIAT.” The engine in this car is so vibrant and full of life that we can’t help but smile. This car is superb and firmly resides at the intersection of functional and fun.

Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C Exterior
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    • Engine feels somewhat lethargic
    • Rear seat can be a bit cramped
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  (474) posted on 12.12.2011

Yeah! It really looks so cute on its round headlight and even though it only looks simple and ordinary on its platform, I still love the fact that it is very practical to use for everyday transportation.

  (484) posted on 11.29.2011

It looks so cunning on its round headlights. Anyway, I love the fact that this is a fuel economy. Moreover, according to the article it is a luxury car, but I don’t think so, I can’t see anything that somehow will prove that it is a luxury car just like what the writer said.

  (613) posted on 10.19.2011

I love its retro-styling, and they are right that it looks so cute and striking on that platform and styling. Well, Fiat really fulfilled their promise with this Fiat, 500 C, and I can say that it is definitely too amazing! smiley

  (467) posted on 10.6.2011

It really looks cute on its platform but seeing cars like this on the road maybe a refreshing to the eye, but I must say that I either is not so impressed with this car. The interior looks so simple either.

  (428) posted on 10.4.2011

I fount it so most especially the round headlights of fiat and I love the fact that this is a fuel economy. According to the article it is a luxury car, but I don’t think so, I can’t see anything that somehow will prove that it is a luxury car just like what the writer said.

  (296) posted on 09.30.2011

Fiat looks so cute on its platform and it seems so fun to drive. I would love to see this in person and have it for myself! smiley I’m curious with its figure performance, is inline-4 engine with 101 horsepower can give an impressive performance on this?

  (429) posted on 09.5.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the car. The styling is not that important for me, for I think knowing that the car is reliable its just enough to me.

  (474) posted on 09.5.2011

Fiat is quite a successful vehicle in the US! I really like the performance of the car. However, I think the its not that great compare to the Mini and Smart car. BTW, small cars are the best option for better fuel economy vehicle.

  (429) posted on 08.11.2011

Oh come on! What is the awesome thing in this car? The color and styling is lame. This car only fits for those weird persons. They use a lot of colors for the interior of the car.
Much better if they select a color combination that has a good blending.

  (273) posted on 08.5.2011

Well, it seems that there’s a lot of reason to drool about on this vehicle. With the awesomeness of this vehicle I bet it would sell like hot cakes!

  (334) posted on 08.5.2011

The car has an impressive styling just like any other convertible! The interior of the car is remarkable. Well, I guess this is one of the great production from the Fiat. I wonder on when is the debut of this car?

  (595) posted on 08.1.2011

Yeah. It is more probably an economy car because it is an environment-friendly. It doesn’t give me any luxurious effect. You will barely notice that it is not a luxury car from its outside appearance.

  (831) posted on 07.29.2011

I fount it so most especially the round headlights of fiat and I love the fact that this is a fuel economy. According to the article it is a luxury car, but I don’t think so, I can’t see anything that somehow will prove that it is a luxury car just like what the writer said.

  (434) posted on 07.26.2011

A luxury car? I don’t think so. As you can see it is filed under passenger car. HAHA! By the way, I don’t see any special about this car. The combination of inside color is not that impressive and it some kind of cheap.

  (648) posted on 07.12.2011

At first look, you will never think that it has a topped down feature like other luxury cars, which is an amazing thing with this model.

  (528) posted on 07.11.2011

I have heard that small cars are quite dangerous in the road of USA then how come they have a continuous production for this version? BTW, I really don’t find this car sporty for it look so vintage unlike Smart car.

  (647) posted on 07.11.2011

Its fun to see a convertible version of a small car. However, I would say that its not that impressive when it comes to its engine performance. I was expecting for a more spacious interior and especially in the rear passenger.

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