Fiat 500 Hybrid review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Fiat 500 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Fiat 500 2020 front tracking
  • Fiat 500 2020 rear right cornering
  • Fiat 500 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Fiat 500 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Fiat 500 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Fiat 500 2020 front left cornering
  • Fiat 500 2020 rear left cornering
  • Fiat 500 2020 boot open
  • Fiat 500 2020 front tracking
  • Fiat 500 2020 rear right cornering
  • Fiat 500 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Fiat 500 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Fiat 500 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Fiat 500 2020 front left cornering
  • Fiat 500 2020 rear left cornering
  • Fiat 500 2020 boot open
In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The 500 isn’t as cheap to buy as many of its rivals, many of which have more doors and more standard equipment. And if you’re hoping that the desirability of the 500’s image will result in it holding onto its value better than its peers, you’ll be slightly disappointed. Over three years it's predicted to suffer worse from depreciation than an equivalent Hyundai i10 or Volkswagen Up.

Fuel economy and CO2 emissions, meanwhile, don’t stand out against the 500’s rivals, despite its 'hybrid' badge.

Like all Fiats, the 500 comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and a further one-year dealer warranty. Mileage is limited to 100,000 during that three-year period. If you’re after a city car with longer warranty we’d suggest that you look at the Kia Picanto. Its warranty lasts for seven-years or 100,000 miles – that's longer than you get on any rival.

Safety and security

The 500 is let down massively by its lack of safety systems, with no sign of automatic emergency braking (AEB) – even on the options list. In fact, Euro NCAP only gave 500 three stars out of five for its overall safety, and that was back in 2017 when the standards were far less stringent than they are today.

Overview

The Fiat 500 certainly has style and image on its side, but plenty of rivals are better to drive and more practical – and cost less to buy as well.

  • Distinctive looks
  • Easy to drive around town
  • Plenty of customisation options
  • Poor driving position
  • Unsettled ride
  • Coarse-sounding engine