Big step for 500

Fiat 500 TwinAir range

Fiat 500 TwinAir range

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WORKING smarter rather than harder is something we can all buy into and Fiat’s 500 TwinAir is a big step forward in the evolution of the city car.

Although the technology might appear impenetrable, the end result of more power, lower fuel bills and lower emissions isn’t hard to digest.

Coupling this ingenious engineering to a package that’s as appealing as the Fiat 500 results in one that can’t really fail. We’ve heard promises of these ‘cake and eat it’ solutions so often that we can be excused for being more than a little sceptical but here’s one that delivers on its claims.

It’s hard to argue with the bald facts. Compared to the best-selling conventional 1.2-litre engine in Fiat’s 500 range, the TwinAir offers 23 per cent more power and yet delivers a 15 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions. Yes, Fiat charge you for that privilege, but the asking price isn’t exorbitant and in some cases the additional costs could be recouped very quickly.

As well as incurring zero road tax costs due to its 95g/km emissions, the 500 TwinAir is also exempt from London congestion charge fees and the Start&Stop system makes queueing a curiously serene experience.

Making economies often means going without some of the things that put a smile on your face. This bucks that trend.