Euro NCAP five-star safety rating for Fiat 500


The Fiat 500 has just achieved the prestigious Euro NCAP five-star crash safety rating, (with a total of 35 points), so taking over top spot in its segment for safety. This important award adds to those assigned recently to the Fiat Bravo and Grande Punto, and confirms the special attention Fiat Automobiles SpA pays to all aspects of driver and passenger protection.… Continue reading

Ferrari 599 GTB by Novitec Rosso


Set to be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Novitec Rosso has created their own subtle styling kit which is true to form as well as function for the already stunning 599 GTB. Increased down force as well as cooling is provided by the body kit consisting of front lower spoiler, side skirts with larger air intake openings, side flaps, rear wing and rear diffuser.… Continue reading

Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S World Premiere in Frankfurt


The new Quattroporte Sport GT S will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow for its worldwide preview. The Quattroporte Sport GT S is the ultimate expression of Maserati’s saloon sportiness.

Exclusively for those looking for an even stronger sporting edge in a luxury saloon, the Quattroporte Sport GT S, equipped with an automatic 6-speed gearbox, stands out for its exceptional dynamic behaviour and uncompromised handling.… Continue reading

Alfa Romeo launches exciting new 147 Sport model


Alfa Romeo is releasing a limited number of stunning special edition Alfa 147 Sport and Sport Q2 models in the UK. The new Alfa 147 Sport features a number of unique enhancements to the Alfa’s exterior styling. New 17-inch 5 spoke wheels add poise, while satin effect wing mirrors, a roof spoiler and chrome exhaust hint at the sporting prowess.… Continue reading

Car test – FACTS AND FIGURES

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  Fiat 500 1.4 lounge MINI Cooper D Suzuki Swift Sport Toyota Aygo+ Ford Sportka SE
 
 
           
On the road price/total as tested £11,500 (est) £14,175 / £16,920 £11,549 / £11,549 £7,685 / £7,685 £9,995 / £10,320
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) n/a £8,160 / 54.7 per cent £5.023 / 43.5 per cent £3,950 / 51.4 per cent £3,938 / 39.4 per cent
Running costs/Contract hire n/a 35.2ppm / £263 n/a 24.5ppm / £162 34.5ppm / £220
Annual tax liability std/higher rate TBC £561 / £1,020 £554 / £1,008 £253 / £461 £506 / £919
Annual fuel cost (12,000 miles) £1,326 £1,113 £1,545 £1,247 £1,572
Insurance group/quote TBC 8 / £262 9 / £298 1 / £233 5 / £329
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service TBC £150 (tlc pack) £131 / £250 / £197 £87 / £184 / £87 £157 / £157 / £219
           
Length/wheelbase 3,546 / 2,300mm 3,699 / 2,467mm 3,765 / 2,380mm 3,405 / 2,340mm 3,650 / 2,448mm
Height/width 1,488 / 1,627mm 1,407 / 1,683mm 1,500 / 1,690mm 1,465 / 1,615mm 1,409 / 1,656mm
Engine 4cyl in-line / 1,368cc 4cyl in-line / 1,560cc 4cyl in-line / 1,586cc 3cyl in-line / 998cc 4cyl in-line / 1,597cc
Peak power 100 / 6,000 bhp / rpm 108 / 4,000 bhp / rpm 123 / 6,800 bhp / rpm 67 / 6,000 bhp / rpm 94 / 5,500 bhp / rpm
Peak torque 131 / 4,250 Nm / rpm 260 / 2,000 Nm / rpm 148 / 4,800 Nm / rpm 93 / 3,600 Nm / rpm 135 / 4,250 Nm / rpm
Transmission 6-spd man / fwd 6-spd man / fwd 5-spd man / fwd 5-spd man / fwd 5-spd man / fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 35 litres / space-saver 40 litres / foam sealant 45 litres / foam sealant 35 litres / full-size 40 litres / space-saver
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 185 litres / TBC 160 / 680 litres 213 / 495 litres 185 / 751 litres 186 / 724 litres
Kerbweight/payload 930 / 440kg 1,110 / 450kg 1,105 / 308kg 890 / 355kg 944 / 365kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient 10.6 metres / n/a 10.7 metres / 0.33Cd 10.4 metres / n/a 9.5 metres / 0.31Cd 11.1 metres / n/a
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery TBC 3yrs (unltd) / 3yrs Mini 3yrs (60,000) / 3yrs Suz 3yrs (60,000) / 1yr RAC 3yrs (60,000) / 1yr RAC
Service intervals/UK dealers 12,000 miles (est) / 171 Variable miles / 150 9,000 miles / 149 10,000 miles / 181 12,500 miles / 714
           
0-60/30-70mph 10.7 / 11.1 secs 9.2 / 9.3 secs 9.4 / 9.4 secs 12.1 / 13.6 secs 10.0 / 10.2 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 5.7 / 8.1 secs 4.2 / 6.2 secs 5.1 / 7.2 secs 8.1 / 12.1 secs 5.2 / 6.6 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th 12.9 / 17.3 secs 7.4 / 8.9 secs 11.0 secs / n/a 22.7 secs / n/a 11.2 secs / n/a
Top speed 113mph 121mph 124mph 98mph 108mph
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 49.7 / 36.8 / 9.2 metres 49.2 / 35.9 / 9.5 metres 50.1 / 35.3 / 9.2 metres 52.0 / 39.7 / 10.0 metres 51.2 / 36.9 / 9.2 metres
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph 58 / 45 / 65 / 73dB 69 / 46 / 62 / 73dB 59 / 42 / 65 / 72dB 58 / 43 / 63 / 71dB 63 / 44 / 62 / 72dB
Auto Express economy/range 39.7mpg / 306 miles 47.6mpg / 419 miles 33.9mpg / 335 miles 42.0mpg / 323 miles 33.3mpg / 293 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 34.4 / 54.4 / 44.8mpg 50.4 / 76.3 / 64.2mpg 31.4 / 45.6 / 39.2mpg 51.4 / 68.9 / 61.4mpg 27.2 / 47.1 / 37.2mpg
CO2 emissions/tax bracket 149g / km / 16 per cent 118g / km / 18 per cent 175g / km / 22 per cent 109g / km / 15 per cent 182g / km / 23 per cent
           
Airbags/Isofix/parking sensors Seven / yes / opt Six / yes / £210 Six / yes / DFO Four / yes / DFO One± / no / £250
Air-con/split-fold rear seats Yes / yes / yes £1,995^ / yes / yes Yes / no / yes £500 / yes / yes Yes / yes / yes
Alloy wheel choices/met paint Seven / opt Eight / £280 One / yes One / £350 One / £325
Auto gearbox/stability/cruise control Opt / yes / no No / £240 / £170 No / yes / no £500 / no / no No / no / no
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Fiat 500 1.4 lounge

The 500 isn’t simply a new car; Fiat claims it’s a new way of thinking, and defines the way the Italian firm wants to be seen in the future. And of course, it’s decided to look back to past glories in order to move itself forward. The 500 is unashamedly retro, but then given the success of the MINI, you can hardly blame the Turin-based marque for wanting a share of the action.… Continue reading

Review: Volkswagen Golf GT


The humble VW Golf has come a long way over its 30 year history. No longer just an affordable econo-box, the Golf has grown substantially in both size and weight with each new generation and now comes with niceties you’d expect in much more expensive metal. Build quality is better than some luxury makes and even the interior trim and mechanicals are the same as you’ll find in various Audi models.… Continue reading