The Italian Job has landed…
It’s more than a little ironic that the movie that put BMW’s Mini Cooper on the map was 2003’s "The Italian Job." Now that Italy’s spanking new Fiat 500 looks to be the car that wipes said MINI off that very map. The 500 comes into the marketplace for between $4,000 to $6,000 less money than similarly-optioned MINIs with better mileage on regular fuel and equal parts style and smile.
Trouble is, no one around these parts has so much as caught a glimpse of the 500, let alone driven one
As of this instant, you can hop in your gas guzzler and ramble over to Olathe Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep – soon to be Fiat of Olathe – and do anything short of the deed in a loaded 2012 Fiat 500 Sport that gets 39 miles-per-gallon and lists for a little more than $18,000 plus delivery.
A similarly-eqipped MINI with less rear legroom, half the trunk space and a growing, long-in-the-tooth look will set you back six more grand.
My President’s Day test drive showed the car to be perky, quiet, solid, stylish, with a smooth ride that scooted like a go-kart. Not to mention that you could park this baby on First Friday in one of Peregrine Honig’s dressing rooms at birdies.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s what Kate at nearby Ulta had to say:
"I love it, it’s cute – I don’t really like the Mini Cooper."
Stop me on the street in a month and I’ll take you for a spin in the Prima Edizione one I’ve been waiting six months for.