75 Great reasons to Choose Fiat 500 over the BMW Mini!

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75 Great reasons to Choose Fiat 500 over the BMW Mini!

Post by JohnMontgomery » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:51 pm

75 Great Reasons to choose Fiat 500 over the BMW Mini
– by John Montgomery (bertoneman@aol.com), Fiat Lancia Unlimited, www.flu.org

Overall Comparison, Fiat 500 vs. Mini:

1. The Fiat 500 base price MSRP is $4600 less (-23%) than the base BMW Mini MSRP.
2. The Fiat has a 5 star European NCAP rating for driver & passenger safety. Mini has a 4 star rating on driver & passenger safety. Mini has 5 stars for rollover protection only.
3. The Fiat has a better aerodynamic CD; Fiat: .35, base Mini: .37, Cooper S: .39
4. The Fiat base weight is 352 pounds less than the Mini’s base weight.
5. The Fiat’s maximum passenger/cargo capacity is 970 lbs., 154 lbs more than Mini’s 816 lbs.
6. The Fiat’s 34.8 ft. turning radius is 3 foot tighter than the Mini’s 38 ft.
7. The Fiat’s ground clearance is 4.1 inches; the Mini’s ground clearance is 5.5â€
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Post by sjmst2 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:03 pm

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Post by dan1malk » Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:15 pm

Hey I don't have a 500 yet... yet ;)
But I'm very, very interested in the car. (I'm still debating waiting on the Abarth's arrival in the US)

But I had a question about #56

"56. The Fiat has a 2 second “hill holderâ€

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Post by JarrodWeaver » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:32 pm

dan1malk - the hill holder feature is excellent but is reducing my driving skills. Starting on a hill is normally a function of using a little friction zone to keep from rolling backwards. I am getting so used to the hill holder in the Fiat that hill starts in my BMW getting worse. It is a great option and can be turned on and off in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC).
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Post by Denise » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:05 am

I love the hill holder. If you are on a steep incline at a stop, you press firmly on the brake pedal to set it, then when it's time to take off, release the brake and the car stays put until the clutch is engaged. I haven't had a chance to drive any of my other Fiats lately, so I don't know how much damage this feature has caused to my driving skills, but it really is a great feature!

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