If you live in North America your Fiat 500 is made in Mexico, has a 1.4 engine and is available with a traditional torque converter automatic.

Elsewhere, not so much. My 500, hired in Italy, was made in Poland (there are no Italian 500s), had a 1.2 engine and a Dualogic automated manual box.

It was fine. Economical, comfortable, reasonably refined, quick enough for keeping up on the autostrade and pottering around on country roads.


The much loathed automated gearbox was just fine too except for a tendency to select first gear on a very steep uphill road and hang on it wirh grim determination up to 5,000 rpm or so.

I’m booking another for my next trip.