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Fiat 500 review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Costs & verdict

Fiat 500 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Fiat 500 2022 front cornering
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  • Fiat 500 2022 interior dashboard
  • Fiat 500 2022 interior front seats
  • Fiat 500 2022 interior infotainment
  • Fiat 500 2022 right tracking
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  • Fiat 500 2022 front right static
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  • Fiat 500 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Fiat 500 2022 headlight detail
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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. Monthly PCP deals are attractive compared with the Honda E, Mini Electric and Peugeot e-208, but the MX-30 will cost less each month in repayment charges.          

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

The electric Fiat 500 achieved an overall four-star safety rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2021, matching the Honda E, but with slightly better protection for front passengers in a frontal impact, despite the identical score. The Honda E fared a little better for child occupants in a frontal impact, though.

All Fiat 500s come with lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are standard only on range-topping La Prima trim, but are at least optional on the other, cheaper versions.

You have to pay extra for an alarm on all trim levels, which is a pity.

Fiat 500 2022 interior infotainment

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 reasonable range between charges.

  • Decent range between charges
  • Fun to drive around town
  • Stacks up well financially
  • Tiny rear seats
  • Noisy on the motorway
  • Rivals have longer electric ranges
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