With so much excitement surrounding FIAT’s special edition models, the FIAT 500 by Gucci, the FIAT 500 Pink Ribbon Edition, and, of course, the arrival of the FIAT 500 Abarth, (WHICH ARRIVE TOMORROW AT OUR FREDERICKSBURG SHOWROOM!!!!!), it’s been easy for us to neglect one of the backbones of the FIAT line-up: the FIAT 500 Lounge. Lounge is the most upscale option of the three FIAT models – Pop, Sport and Lounge – and it deserves a little more attention than its been getting lately…
Let’s take another long look at the FIAT 500 Lounge:
Lounge adds, among other things, an automatic transmission as standard and items like chrome trim, side moldings, and 15-inch alloy wheels to better accentuate the exterior design. Not that the exterior design needs any help in grabbing people’s attentions; the Fiat 500 Lounge garnishes stares and gawkers everywhere it goes.
The eccentric styling of the exterior turns to outright Italian flair inside. Interior color options offer nine different possibilities, while sixteen exterior colors are available. Inside you find an airy and quiet cabin with simple layout and well-organized controls, appointed with premium leather lining the seats and steering wheel. Below the controls is a console-mounted shifter for both automatic – and manual-equipped cars.
The instrument cluster is a single large dial with the inside track dedicated to the rpms, and the outside track dedicated to speed. Inside the dial is a screen that displays such pertinent information as the remaining fuel and coolant temperature and other secondary information like drive mode, gear, etc. Autonet Wi-fi is offered along with Tom-Tom Navigation and heated seats.
The cabin features upright chairs to better hold four. The back seats can hold two adults, or fold flat to provide extra space for luggage.
The engine is a small 1.4-liter inline-four generating 101 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque. With 2,486 pounds to move, the engine feels peppy and efficient. Normally the transmission has a slight impact on the fuel mileage, and thus the purchasing decision is more about preference. This is not the case with the Fiat 500. The five-speed manual returns a solid 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway; meanwhile, and even with the extra gear, the automatic returns a less-exemplary 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
Available in Cabrio – convertible – the 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio Lounge avoids so many of the issues that plague most other convertibles. First, it’s just about as much fun with the top up. Second, it’s surprisingly practical. Third, it’s affordable.
Most convertibles are considerably heavier than the same hardtop model, because removing the hardtop and the side pillars means the car has to be reinforced somewhere else, to keep it rigid. The Fiat convertible weighs only 52 pounds more than the hardtop, including the weight of the electric motor that opens and closes the top. The light weight helps compensate for the small engine.
Base Price for the FIAT 500 Lounge: $16,000; FIAT 500 Cabrio Lounge: $20,000. Now, through the end of the month, Safford FIAT of Fredericksburg is offering a $1000 rebate on all in-stock FIAT 500 Lounge models….it’s time to give the FIAT 500 Lounge the attention it deserves, and with a $1000 rebate, that should be pretty easy.
4535 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA
540 898 7200 / 888 904 4977