Fiat 500 Cabrio review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The 500 Cabrio’s electric underpinnings mean it’s a pricier buy than the Mini Convertible or Smart EQ Fortwo and isn’t much less than the larger Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet. Strong desirability means it’s predicted to hold its value well, although not quite as well as a Mini Convertible. Meanwhile, monthly PCP deals are attractive for an electric car, if not quite as cheap as a Mini.

The 500 Cabrio’s 42kWh battery allows you to charge at speeds of up to 85kW. This means a 0-80% charge takes just 35 minutes if you can find a charger powerful enough, although a 0-100% charge at home will take considerably longer – around 6hr 45min.

Entry-level Passion trim gets the basics such as manual air-con and cruise control, although we reckon Icon trim makes the most sense. As well as the infotainment goodies we mentioned earlier, this also brings 16in alloy wheels, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, keyless entry and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. La Prima gets LED headlights and a punchier stereo, but is too pricey to recommend.

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, though, that you have to pay extra for an alarm on all trim levels.

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Overview

The Fiat 500 Cabrio is a terrific drop-top that just happens to be electric. Despite that, it’s well-priced, has a decent range and is better to drive than the Mini Cabriolet to boot. Naturally the boot is tiny, just like the rear seats, however there’s plenty of room for two up front to lounge out in comfort.

  • Decent range between charges
  • Great interior
  • Fun to drive around town
  • Tiny rear seats
  • Noisy to travel in
  • Pricier than Mini Convertible

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