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McGuigan Motors

DoneDeal Of The Week: This fun, funky Fiat 500 with only a year on the road

Matched up against a neat little alternative from Hyundai.

THE FIAT 500 and Hyundai i10 are both fun-to-drive small cars, perfect for zipping around the city streets. They’ll make getting in and out of cramped parking spots a cinch.

Here are two currently for sale on DoneDeal – and we’ve taken a look at the selling points of each…

This 2015 Fiat 500 for €14,500 is cute, funky and stylish, and sure that’s enough to make some people sign on the dotted line, but this car does have a lot more going for it than just that Italian flair.

The interior is high quality and looks very good. The seats are comfortable but the driving position is a little upright and there is no reach adjustment on the steering wheel, so if you are anyway tall check this out before you buy.

Both the 500 and i10 come well specced and have alloy wheels, multifunction steering wheels and Bluetooth connectivity.

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The 1.2-litre 69hp engine is a cracker although you won’t ever really be going particularly quick in it.

Compared to the Hyundai i10, however, the Fiat is more powerful and has a lower kerb weight. It also has a higher top speed and more torque, which means it is also quicker to accelerate, but not by that much; the Fiat does 0-100km/h in 12.9 seconds and the Hyundai in 14.9 seconds.

Both cars are almost identical in MPG and emissions and both cost €190 per year to tax.

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If you are looking for something that is a bit more practical and cheaper then you may want to consider this 2015 Hyundai i10 for €12,800. This is one small car that delivers big on driveability. It may not have the flair or fun factor of the Fiat 500 but it is one of the best small cars on the market.

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The Hyundai is more practical as, unlike the Fiat, it has rear doors, and its boot size is twice that of the Fiat’s when the rear seats a folded. The Fiat’s boot will only hold 550 litres compared to the Hyundai’s 1046 litres. That’s a big difference.

With the Hyundai, there is a lot more leg and head room for both the rear passengers and those travelling upfront and you will get three people in the back but you will struggle to get three adults in the back of the Fiat. Might be fun to try though.

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Although the Hyundai isn’t as powerful as the Fiat it rarely feels underpowered and the engine is smoother and more refined with less vibrations, which means the cabin is that little bit more quiet, especially on motorways.

So if you are looking for a fun car with lots of character and space isn’t a priority and you have a little bit more money to spend, then the Fiat 500 maybe the car for you, however, if you want more car for your money and you need to transport people and baggage then the Hyundai would be the better choice.

Costello Motors (Galway) Ltd. Costello Motors (Galway) Ltd.