Fiat is one of the world's oldest car brands. It also represents virtually the entire Italian car industry, owning almost every other car brand in Italy.
Fiat's speciality is small cars, spearheaded by the Fiat 500 and its sister models the 500L and Fiat 500X. Fiat’s small car range also includes the Panda, while larger options include the Punto and Tipo.
Fiat is known for its attractive design, clever packaging and aggressive pricing. It's been one of Europe’s most popular budget brands for many years.
But are Fiat cars reliable? Keep reading to find out.
Fiat cars are reliable - or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?
Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Fiat owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old.
Fiat car reliability
Ratings and review
We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
Pricing is key to Fiat’s market appeal. Its city car is priced from below £9,000. But special deals can make prices – as well as PCP (loan towards buying the car outright) and leasing rates – very attractive indeed.
No question, it’s Fiat’s small hatchbacks that are most popular with buyers. If you want city car chic, the 500 certainly captures the heart. But perhaps the similar-sized five-door Panda is the more sensible, practical choice.