Through production of the 500C, Fiat has improved on the standard design of the 500 range by adding an electric soft-top. In keeping with the glamour and style of the 500 range, the convertible adds an extra
dimension of road sophistication, as well as the sense of being closer to the drive experience with the roof lowered. Five levels of trim are offered in the range: the Pop, the Cult, the Colour Therapy, the Lounge, and the 500S Convertible.
Every element of the 500C's exterior expresses its stylistic form from every angle. The chrome trim sets off the body-coloured bumpers, and 16-inch alloy wheels are included as standard. Customisation levels are high, with three colours available for the roof, 13 available for the body paint, and ten different wheel varieties on offer to choose from. The most eye-catching feature is undeniably the electric soft-top roof, which can lower in 15 seconds at the single press of a button.
Inside, motorists will be pleased to find air conditioning as standard, as well as the CD/radio player for multimedia functions. Fiat's Blue&Me technology is available, which is controlled by either the steering wheel buttons or innovative voice control functions. There is also the option for Blue&Me TomTom technology, which adds satellite navigation functionality to the 500C.
Four engines are available to power the 500C range, with three petrol options and one diesel engine to choose from. These range from 1.2-litre capacity to 1.3-litre capacity, and have CO2 emissions that are as low as 90g/km across the 500C line. Motorists have the choice between a five-speed manual gearbox, or Fiat's Dualogic automatic system.
Fiat has included seven airbags as standard, surrounding the driver and front passenger seat from all angles. Onboard drive safety assistant systems include the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Hill Holder, the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and hydraulic brake assistance to give extra power during braking situations.