The interior layout, fit and finish
You sit pretty high up in the electric Fiat 500, more so than in a Peugeot e-208 or a Honda E. You’ll either like that or you won’t, but the fundamentals of the driving position are tough to fault thanks to a steering wheel that moves in and out as well as up and down, and a driver’s seat that provides enough support in all the important places.
There isn’t as much space to rest your left foot as there is in a Renault Zoe, and you'll need to fork out for the Comfort Seats Pack (or go for range-topping La Prima trim) if you want seat height adjustment and a central armrest, though.
Opt for entry-level Action trim and you’ll get a radio with four speakers and a smartphone cradle on the dashboard. Want a touchscreen infotainment system? You’ll need to either stump up for the optional Radio Pack or upgrade to Passion trim, which gets you a 7.0in screen with a DAB radio and Apple Carplay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
If you go for Icon or La Prima trim, the touchscreen grows to 10.3in and gains a built in sat-nav function. It's the only system we’ve tested in the 500 at the time of writing, and apart from one or two small icons on the main homepage, the interface is easy to use and the screen responds quickly when you press it. It's much better than the infotainment system in the e-208.