2018 FIAT 500 vs 2018 MINI Cooper in Van Nuys, CA

The 2018 FIAT 500 is available at Van Nuys FIAT in Van Nuys, CA

A Subcompact Done The Italian Way

Big or small, Italian vehicles have a reputation for quality performance and the 2018 FIAT 500 is no exception.

Not only does the 500's 1.4L MultiAir® 4-cylinder engine provide a peppy burst, it does so with a generous EPA-estimated 38 highway MPG. It also achieves higher combined (city and highway) EPA-estimated fuel economy than the 2018 MINI Cooper.

If you're more of a pedal-to-the-floor kind of driver, take the wheel of the 2018 FIAT 500 Abarth and zip through town with its 160-horsepower 1.4L MultAir Turbo engine. Drive the subcompact with big heart. Visit FIAT Van Nuys and take home a 2018 FIAT 500.

Exterior of the FIAT 500 at Van Nuys FIAT near Los Angeles, CA

Big On Looks

The 2018 FIAT 500 isn't just a subcompact car. It's an opportunity to express yourself in a big way.

Infuse your personality into your FIAT 500 with 15 vivid color choices, from Latte Menta to Spitfire-Orange - a bigger color palette than the 2018 MINI Cooper offers. Along with color, you can customize your 500 further by choosing between its standard exterior, or available 2-Tone, Sport Black Trim and Abarth Roof and Mirror Cap packages.

Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper features an uninspired design. Aside from its bland color options, which are comprises of mostly grays and earth tones, it offers a rather predictable body style. It sort of looks like a squished Porsche. The FIAT, however, brings an original profile that will always turn a few heads. Get into a ride that fits you. Visit FIAT Van Nuys and test-drive a 2018 FIAT 500.

Safety features and interior of the 2018 FIAT 500 - available at Van Nuys FIAT near Los Angeles, CA and Glendale, CA

Just As Fun When It's Parked

Stop lights are never boring when you're inside a new 2018 FIAT 500. With its standard Uconnect® 5.0 media hub, drivers have access to Bluetooth® streaming audio, hands-free calling, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack, all of which can be navigated through a 5-inch full-color touchscreen.

Drivers can also upgrade their experience with the 500's available Navigation and Satellite package. This innovative technology suite offers GPS navigation with 3-D graphics and turn-by-turn directions. It also offers 1 year of SiriusXM® satellite radio service, which sounds striking through the available Beats™ premium audio system.

Even if you opt for the MINI Cooper's available Harman/Kardon® sound system, you still won't get the same crisp listening experience. And, you definitely won't get the Italian design you'll find inside the FIAT 500. The Cooper's interior is very straightforward and less than remarkable, but the 500 offers sleek fashion you thought you'd only see in the Mediterranean.

Safety Is On Your Side

The new 2018 FIAT 500 isn't just built to be a blast to drive. It's engineered to provide a safe ride every time with over 50 standard and available safety features.

Features such as Electronic Stability Control and Hill Start Assist come standard on the 500, making it the superior choice for the Los Angeles and Glendale areas. The MINI Cooper doesn't come standard with Hill Start Assist, which wouldn't be helpful when driving through the valleys of Southern California. It doesn't offer standard daytime running lights or fog lamps like the 500 either.

Meanwhile, the 500 is equipped with a standard steel safety frame and track-proven brakes, as well as a collection of 7 airbags, including multistage driver and front passenger airbags. Drivers can take extra precaution by opting for the available ParkSense® Rear Park Assist system. Make sure you're taken care of.

If you're looking for a pint-size dose of the Italian automotive experience, visit Van Nuys FIAT. Diver's in Van Nuys, Los Angeles and Glendale, CA, can drive the 2018 FIAT 500 today.