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Old 04 March 2013, 16:26   #11
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Fiat 500 is too big. Think much more efficient for towing the boat.

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Old 05 March 2013, 03:01   #12
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We recently found a 1.2 Sport for a customer and she's delighted with it - she has a 3 year old and she finds it suits her perfectly for local use especially in the Devon lanes. She wouldn't have anything else as she just loved the styling!

Ian - That's a bit of a turnaround thinking a mini (BMW) would break down before a Fiat!
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Old 05 March 2013, 03:38   #13
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Ian - That's a bit of a turnaround thinking a mini (BMW) would break down before a Fiat!
The Punto has never failed to start in 7 years of ownership.

also the Mini was horrible to drive, best mpg i got was 29.7 on a run and managed to get it down to 14 mpg, not bad for a 1.6ltr engine.
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Old 05 March 2013, 03:57   #14
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I was amazed to see it can tow 800 kgs.
So am I - I had one as hire car recently (not sure which model) and it was noticeably working very hard to maintain 60 going up hill with 4 adults in it. No way I'd have towed my boat (a lot less than 800kgs) with it - especially with any passengers on board.
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Old 05 March 2013, 04:08   #15
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The Panda tows 800kgs as well, though we went up a steep slope with 500kgs and it could only do so in 2. Gear.
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I haven't tried a 500, but we've had a couple of 1.9 diesel Puntos which were easily the best small cars I've driven. Surprisingly roomy, and even more surprisingly reliable too!
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Indeed - looked for a twin air on auto trader purely for the 68mpg economy
... then I think you'd be disappointed if that was your expectation. Whilst the two cylinder engine is clearly derived to have 'green' credentials, it can't overcome the laws of physics. Under laboratory conditions of the EU fuel consumption tests I'm sure 68mpg is achievable, just like all the other cars that post 50/60/70mpg. The reality of everyday driving is always different and always lower and usually significantly lower. Best to just use the EU data for comparison purposes - car A versus car B - and judge the difference, rather than for the absolute numbers. If you Google Fiat 500 fuel consumption you'll find lots of disgruntled punters (but that goes for most makes and models!)

My experience is that the official numbers are about as accurate and realistic as those from folks who claim their car does 70mpg

PS: not sure who posted it but the twin air is a straight twin not a V twin.
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Looking at the 1.2 Sport model for my girlfriend.
Seems like a fair swap, got any photos?
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