What is it?
This is a Fiat 500 with a very large, electrically operated fabric sunroof and a sizeable £3000 mark-up over the standard car, though you do get more kit for your cash.
Curiously, it was this body style that the 1957 Nuova 500 was launched with, its full-length roof and rear window furling to a point just above the rear engine lid. Apart from its nostalgic qualities, this arrangement has made today’s conversion from closed to open 500 a little easier for the body engineers, much of the shell’s strength preserved by the fact that the roof rails and pillars are left uncut.
Assorted strategic strengthenings, including to the structure at the top of a deeper front screen, ensure that this seven airbag-equipped Fiat achieves the full NCAP five stars.
Much effort has gone into minimising buffet with the roof furled, the rear seats fold as they do for the hatch and the boot loses only three litres of space to the standard car. The basic Pop version gets air-conditioning and improved trim over the standard 500, beside the fully timed electric roof.
What’s it like?
This car is impressively civilised for a budget convertible. It feels very well made, its powertrain is subdued, wind noise is very well suppressed and the level of buffeting with the roof fully folded is just right for cooling you on a hot day.