The Fiat 500 Dolcevita exudes Italian style and sophistication, writes Se-Anne Rall.
A saying that most of us are familiar with is “Dynamite comes in small packages”, but the full quote is actually, “Dynamite comes in small packages: Never underestimate the power within you”. The same can be said for the Fiat 500 Dolcevita, which offers quite a punch for its petite frame. The three Cs of cute, classic and cabriolet make this a dream car for any city slicker – young or old.
As a mom of two very sporty girls, the Dolcevita – which means sweet life in Italian – is great for school pick-ups and dashing off from one extra mural activity to the next, and the 7” touch screen radio with carplay and Android auto helps to appease the very different music tastes of the backseat passengers.
At first glance, it’s sleek Italian design. 16” Alloy wheels and fog lights grabs your attention, but when you get behind the height-adjustable, space-saver steering wheel, it’s the modern, minimalistic design and clean finishes that lock you in.
The Dolcevita’s 875cc twinair turbo engine offers a 62,5kilowatts at only 5500r/min, with a fuel consumption of 3,5-litres per 100km – which is great in an ever-changing economy where we wait with bated breath for the new fuel price adjustment each month.
Aesthetically, the Dolcevita transports one back in time to the era of vintage Italian style and sophistication. The retro interior exudes elegance and class – with sporty seats and a classic ivory dashboard, complemented by a vintage Fiat logo.
It has a powerful automatic air-conditioning system with front-powered windows, a 50/50 split rear seat and a fully fi tted chrome kit.
From a safety aspect, the Dolcevita has a stop-start function that gives it an enhanced safety and security feature, along with central locking, seven airbags, parking sensors and rain and dusk sensors.
Another great feature is its speed limiter – which will ensure you never get a speeding fi ne – and cruise control for those days when traffi c seems just a little busier than usual.
From just R322 900, the Dolcevita lets you live your Italian sweet life.