Driving a FIAT 500 in the snow!

by Administrator on December 22, 2011

Hi it’s Rico Olinger, Internet sales manager at Eastside Dodge.

It is cold here in Calgary, it just snowed five inches overnight. And I’m actually gonna show you how well the FIAT drives in the winter. I’ve been driving one of these for about ten months this year. Had a little bit of snow in March. A lot of people think these cars don’t handle well. I’m gonna show you otherwise. They’re really, really good.

Have a look at this car. It’s four to five inches here. So I’m not joking. It did snow a lot last night. Okay guys, so, in a quick sec I’m gonna show you how this baby handles. Thanks.

Okay guys, so what we are gonna be driving right now is a 2012 FIAT 500 Sport. This one is a five-speed manual transmission. And that’s it. So enjoy the ride.

Okay guys, pretty smooth ride. This car here is equipped with an electronic stability program. So basically, the front wheels will engage with the traction control once to notice the slippage. We’re trying to show this to you guys in a bit. But basically, if you’re use to drive a front wheel drive, this is not going to slip as much, it’s going to have a traction engaging at all times. I love that about this car.

Okay I’m gonna try to demonstrate to you how the traction control works. Pay close attention to the tires and how they spin fast at first, but then they kinda regain control and at that same time quick traction so the car keeps going.

You see that light on the dash. That means that it noticed the slippage. And it corrected itself and it gave me traction. Pretty cool.

Okay now, I’ve parked the vehicle in a driveway with about four inches of snow. Now it’s time to get out of here, and let’s see what happens.

Next, we’re gonna merge it to traffic now. Other people are very eerie about that kind of stuff when you’re driving such a small car but as you’ll see, there’s nothing to worry about.

We’re driving now to a bit of steep hill, I just wanted to show you that, you know, it can handle anything. Pay close attention again to the tires it will over spin a little a bit, catch itself, slow it down, give you traction. Piece of cake.

In this shot, I purposely stuck myself in about five to almost six inches of snow. Really, really in there. Just see how it handles – there’s nothing to worry about this car in winter, trust me. I’m not a professional driver and look what I did.

Like I said guys, this car can handle anything during the winter and just so you know, these are not winter tires, these are stock tires on a 16 inch rim on this FIAT 500. They’re fantastic.

Hope you liked my video. See you in the store.

Eastside FIAT is your Calgary FIAT Dealer.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Travis Neel December 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

Hi Rico, man you nailed it. I have a 2013 Turbo Sport – the exact car in the video. I had real trouble pulling out of my barnyard this morning as the tires just won’t grab. I live in mountains in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Can you please recommend a snow package for me? Thanks – wish I was closer! Cheers Travis


Deb November 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Bought a Fiat 500 Lounge last April. Love driving it so far but am concerned with the low front end and damage from ‘plowing’ through the snow. I also seem to get thrown around when I drive on packed snow, would it make a difference if I have snow tires on instead of stock tires? Oh, great video…


admin November 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

Hello Deb! My name is Rico Olinger and I was the guy you saw on that Fiat video. That day, I was driving a Fiat 500 Sport with original tires. I too noticed that the front end was “plowing” through the snow, but there’s nothing really we can do to prevent that (unfortunately). As for winter tires, the answer is a big YES! It will make a huge difference to drive around with a set of new tires, and on that note, we are offering two different packages for our Fiat line: the first is just tires (to be installed with original rims) and the second is winter rims and tires (that way, you don’t ruin your original rims and you save money on rotates). I would be more than happy to send you a quote, so please contact me at rolinger@eastsidedodge.com . Thank you for your comments, I look forward to hearing from you!


Elba-Gloria September 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for the video! this is great value-add! I wish My dealer did this… but because of you, I will certainly buy the Fiat 500 Sport! :-) Grazie Mille!


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