Fiat 500 - yes that was one new car that we did reasonably well out of.
Mrs GG saw it, and after 20 years of cheap plain jap family hatches for her and kids, she decided "she had to have one".
We ordered Aug 2008 I think, and due to sky high demand and the "fanbase" that developed, within 6 months Fiat had increasd the price by £2k!
To be fair it has done quite well - now on 98k miles, and only real issues have been typical - Italian electrics mostly. No rust
Service/parts costs peanuts (I can do discs and pads in 20 mins for about £40).
Planning to run it into the floor...it's a bit of a mess now.
Daughter had one too, that was very similar to mine, but she decided to change (to a Polo) because the Fiat scared her on the motorway - too lightweight, short wheel base makes it directionally unstable.
All in - would recommend 500 for nipping about. Ideal hols car; why not try a cabrio for a few quid extra? You'd be well up on GF brownie points!
I have always asked for a UP! recently and they are similalry very good.