2012 Fiat
500 Pop
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SE

2012 Fiat 500 Pop

9.8

starting from

$16,000

Reasons to buy the Fiat 500 Pop

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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More airbags
6
2012 Ford Fiesta SE

9.8

starting from

$16,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SE

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Cramped front seats
50.3 ft3
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Child door locks
Standard
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Has rear spoiler
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Almost the same, 30 mpg vs 29 mpg
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • The 500 Pop has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Safety Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The 500 Pop has a good number of airbags, but the Fiesta SE is just OK (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The 500 Pop has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fiesta SE; optional upgrade on the 500 Pop
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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MSRP $16,295 vs $16,000 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 30 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 500 Pop's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Fiesta SE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The 500 Pop's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Fiesta SE's is very short

Entertainment System

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 9.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 131 ft The 500 Pop's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s s @ 80.0 mph mph vs 17.2 s s @ 78.5 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.85 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.5 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 30.6 ft

Practicality

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiat
500 Pop
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Fiesta SE has the usual number of seats, while the 500 Pop has very few
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 399 miles
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Cargo space Unknown vs 9.5 ft3
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front seats 50.3 ft3 vs 45.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 5 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle 500 Pop vs New Beetle
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Toyota Yaris 500 Pop vs Yaris
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Honda Fit 500 Pop vs Fit
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Volkswagen Golf 500 Pop vs Golf
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Volkswagen Golf Fiesta SE vs Golf
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Ford Fusion SE Fiesta SE vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Yaris Fiesta SE vs Yaris
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Honda Civic Si Fiesta SE vs Civic Si
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Chevrolet Aveo LT Fiesta SE vs Aveo LT

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