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Fiat 500 1.3 JTD Lounge (2009)

by Barry Green,reviewed August 2009

This JTD Lounge variant has the best road manners of Fiat’s retro chic 500 we have driven.

Its relatively torquey 1.3-litre turbocharged diesel, mated with sweet-shifting five-speed manual, upsets the sibling 1.4-litre petrol for drivability. Coupled with compactness (3.5-metres long), the JTD is well equipped to handle the vagaries of big city traffic. Even around town we averaged 6.1–litres/100 km (the ADR figure is 4.2).

The driving position is an acquired taste, however. Although the only 500 variant to include a height-adjustable driver's seat as standard, the lowest position still seems abnormally high and the pedals slightly offset. But then, it is called the Lounge.

Fiat 500 1.3 JTD Lounge 2009

For

Torquey motor, frugal economy

Against

Seating position, space saver tyre

Key features

Climate control air conditioning, fixed sunroof, chrome highlights, Bluetooth phone connectivity, fog lights, MP3 compatibility, one-touch power windows, heated rear mirrors

Safety

Seven airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, front seat belt pretensioners, five-star NCAP crash rating, Isofix preparation

Car Details

Vehicle make Fiat
Vehicle model 500 1.3 JTD Lounge
Vehicle type Light Over $20,000
Year 2009
Price when new $29,990 (driveaway)
Current price range $ - $
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.