For reasons of historical accuracy, ease of use and, no doubt, expediency the 500C is not a full cabriolet in the conventional sense where the entire top of the car can be folded away out of sight.
Indeed rival manufacturers may of sniffed that ‘it’s just a big sunroof, not a proper convertible', but judging by the DS 3, Citroën and Peugeot following suit, there must be some logic to this apparent madness. Rather more likely to dent its chances of becoming as wildly popular as its hyper-achieving tin-top sister is Fiat’s decision to charge a bigger premium for its convertible than Mini does.
As we shall see, a roll-back roof isn't quite all you get for the extra money, but with even entry-level cars being rather costly, the breadth of customers both able and inclined to buy one will naturally be somewhat reduced.
The Fiat has been faclifted since we first tested the 500C, but fear not, the recipe hasn't been tampered all that much, with revised lighting, bumpers and streamlined trim levels chief among the changes witnessed.