Fiat 500 review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £13,265What Car? Target Price from£12,865
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The electric Fiat 500 is cheaper to buy than many key rivals, including the Honda E and Mini Electric. Strong desirability means it’s predicted to hold its value well, although not quite as well as a Mazda MX-30. Meanwhile, monthly PCP deals are attractive compared with those for the Honda, Mini and Peugeot e-208, but the MX-30 will likely cost you even less each month in repayment charges.          

Go for the smaller 24kWh battery (standard with Action trim) and your 500 will be able to accept a maximum charging rate of 50kW. This matches the Mini and is only fractionally slower than the Honda E, meaning a 0-80% charge can take as little as 30 minutes. A full charge (0-100%) takes four hours from a standard 7kW home charging point.

The larger 42kWh battery (Passion trim and above) allows you to charge at speeds of up to 85kW. This means a 0-80% charge of the much larger battery takes barely any longer than it does in the 24kWh version, although a full charge at home will take considerably longer – around 6hr 45min.

Entry-level Action trim gets basic manual air-conditioning, which becomes climate control if you upgrade to Passion. We reckon Icon trim makes the most sense, though, because, as well as the infotainment goodies we mentioned earlier, this also brings alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, keyless entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The latest 500 hadn’t been appraised for safety by Euro NCAP at the time of writing, but all versions come with lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and automatic emergency braking. Blindspot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are standard only on range-topping La Prima trim, but are at least optional on the other, cheaper versions.

It’s a pity that you have to pay extra for an alarm on all trim levels. 

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Overview

Great to look at and surprisingly good fun – just don't expect to carry lots of people and luggage. Go for a version with the larger 42kWh battery for a decent range between charges.

  • Decent range between charges
  • Fun to drive around town
  • Stacks up well financially
  • Tiny rear seats
  • Noisy on the motorway
  • Rivals can go even farther on a charge

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