Frugal with fuel - there's an app for that
Blue&Me also adds a USB connector for media storage - though working out how to access and play music files is not as straightforward as it could be - and storing driving telemetry that you can then review using Fiat’s eco:Drive application.
How much mileage you get from eco:Drive will depend on the individual. I can’t honestly say I’m that interested in knowing how much CO2 my driving style is generating over the theoretical minimum, or having the environmental impact of my gear change regime rated out of five stars
But some of the basic data the application presents is of interest. By looking online at current petrol prices, eco:Drive calculates journey fuel costs as well as times and distances - a handy way of seeing where the money is going.
Beyond the tiny engine - it weighs all of 85kg - the TwinAir retains all the features which have made the 500 such a success since its launch. The ride is firm but comfortable, the handling impeccable and it goes round corners like a roller-skate.
In fact, I’ve not had so much fun behind the wheel of a small car since I sold my British Leyland Mini Cooper.
I've seem lawnmowers with bigger engines
It’s also surprisingly spacious for what is a very small car. It's 15cm shorter than a Mini and 40cm shorter a Fiesta. Even with the driver’s seat fully aft, there is still room - just - for all 5'11" of me in the back.
Next page: The Fiat 500 TwinAir in Pictures
Could be worse
It could have an Apple logo, then it would cost twice as much and would only run on fuel approved by Apple and priced well above market rates. And you'd probably need a rubber bumper over the steering wheel as you're surely holding it wrong :-)
But worst of all it will only come in one color and if you don't upgrade yearly you'll be ridiculed for driving such an obsolete vehicle.
wow, that's quite aggressive and personal
You are all missing the point here....
There is no IT angle, but there is an engineering angle, and we geeks love good engineering. Fact is this is the most radical departure in the way a petrol engine is built in decades, they really havn't changed all that much since the birth of the combustion engine.
I applaud FIAT for the multiair, it's a potent little engine.
Mine's the Alfa Giulietta 1.4 170hp :)