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Cars & travel.

Updated: 13 Jan 2022

Should I buy a Fiat?

Fiat - all you need to know about the Italian car brand. Read on to find out more and see if Fiat makes a car that suits your needs.
Oliver Trebilcock

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.

Is a Fiat 500 or 500X exactly what you need? Every car we review goes through hundreds of lab and road tests - see all of our expert, independent Fiat car reviews.

Fiat 500

Fiat 500 2008 slide

Fiat Panda

Fiat Panda 2012 slide

How reliable are Fiat cars?

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 four years old, and also used cars aged between five and nine years old, and old cars aged 10-15 years. 

To see how reliable Fiat cars are, head over to our most reliable car brands page.

How much do Fiat cars cost?

Pricing is key to Fiat’s market appeal. Its Fiat Panda 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.

The popular Fiat 500 starts at around £12,000, while another value proposition is the Tipo – a medium-sized hatchback and SW estate priced from around £13,000 (similar to most small cars).

Choosing the best Fiat car

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.

The 500 family has been extended upwards with the MPV-style Fiat 500L (which is even available with seven seats) and the SUV-style Fiat 500X (pictured above). Other Fiat MPVs include the Qubo and Doblo.

Fiat even makes a sports car - the 124 Spider – as well as sporty Abarth versions of the 500. There’s also a convertible Fiat 500C in the range.

Now you know more about Fiat's range, find out whether we rate its cars in our tests. See all of our expert Fiat car reviews.