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A LOOK IN THE MIRROR (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
Fiat's little 500 gets more connected in special edition 'Mirror' guise. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 34
City people like to feel connected. But citycars aren't usually at the cutting edge when it comes to media sophistication. Or most of them aren't anyway. Here's an exception, the Fiat 500 'Mirror' edition.
Backgroundword count: 85
The Fiat 500 is the car that built its brand and since this modern era version was first launched in 2007, the Italian brand has never stopped trying to improve it. The most recent changes concern media connectivity. Specifically, the addition of a sophisticated 'Uconnect' infotainment system. This set-up's now been enhanced with 'Apple CarPlay' / 'Android Auto' 'phone connectivity and to highlight the fact, Fiat has introduced this special 'Mirror' edition model based around hatch and convertible versions using the volume 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Driving Experienceword count: 187
And on the move? Well the Italian brand enhanced refinement and improved the braking performance of this model with a package of changes introduced in 2015 but in truth, the dynamic feel of this car won't be a very important consideration for most potential buyers. They'll be more interested in the super-tight 9.3m turning circle and the way you can twirl this car into the tightest parking space thanks to the super-light 'City' steering feature. These people will often be urban-based - hence the relatively high take-up for the clutchless 'Dualogic' transmission option. And over 80% of them tend to opt for the powerplant used with this 'Mirror' edition model, the 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit. Potential owners will like the light steering, with its 'city' option that lightens it even further so that you can twirl the car into the tightest space. They also might want to test out the super-tight 9.3m turning circle. It helps enormously here that the high driving position and big windows make this car so easy to see out of and place on the road. It's urban-friendly through and through you see.
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