2015 FIAT 500

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Key Specs

of the 2015 FIAT 500. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    101-hp, 1.4-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Many standard features
  • Braking
  • City-friendly turning circle (excluding Abarth)
  • Gas mileage with manual transmission
  • Acceleration in Turbo, Abarth

The Bad

  • Highway ride
  • Body roll
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Visibility
  • Backseat and cargo room

Notable Features of the 2015 FIAT 500

  • Automatic transmission for performance-oriented Abarth and Turbo models now available
  • Digital instrument panel now available
  • 500c with accordion-style soft-top available
  • Fully electric 500e available in California

2015 FIAT 500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Fiat 500 competes with subcompact cars like the Mini Cooper, Scion iQ and Smart ForTwo. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth model or, in California, the fully electric 500e.

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New for 2015
Most versions of the 500 get a 7-inch instrument panel screen in place of traditional gauges. Bluetooth streaming audio is now standard, and the restyled center console gains new cupholders and a USB port.  Abarth and Turbo models now offer an available six-speed automatic transmission.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 15-inch steel wheels; 15- or 16-inch aluminum wheels available
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • 50/50-split, folding backseat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo and speed controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning; automatic air conditioning available
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 135-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder (Turbo)
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension (500 Sport, 500 Turbo)
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

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Vehicle Overview

The four-seat Fiat 500 competes with subcompact cars like the Mini Cooper, Scion iQ and Smart ForTwo. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth model or, in California, the fully electric 500e.

(Skip to details on the: 500c, 500e, 500 Abarth)

New for 2015
Most versions of the 500 get a 7-inch instrument panel screen in place of traditional gauges. Bluetooth streaming audio is now standard, and the restyled center console gains new cupholders and a USB port.  Abarth and Turbo models now offer an available six-speed automatic transmission.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 15-inch steel wheels; 15- or 16-inch aluminum wheels available
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • 50/50-split, folding backseat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo and speed controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning; automatic air conditioning available
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 135-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder (Turbo)
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension (500 Sport, 500 Turbo)
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Seven airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available rear parking sensors

500c
The 500c has a cloth top with various retraction settings, from a sunroof-like ceiling opening to a completely stowed accordion -- rear window and all -- perched over the trunk. The roof retracts with the touch of a button at speeds up to 60 mph, but unlike in most convertibles, it doesn't take the side-pillar structure with it. That makes for more of a panoramic moonroof effect than a true droptop experience.

What's Special

  • 101-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission
  • Trunk compartment in place of hardtop's hatchback cargo area
  • High-performance Abarth version offered

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500e
The 500e is a battery-electric version of the 500 hardtop intended for sale initially in California only. Fiat says the car's range is 87 miles in mixed driving and more than 100 miles in the city.

Powering a 111-hp electric motor, the thermally managed lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged within four hours when fully depleted by using a 240-volt Level 2 charging setup (sold separately). On a normal household power outlet, Fiat says it takes less than 24 hours to recharge the battery.

What's Special

  • Unique aerodynamic components
  • Navigation system with EV-specific features
  • Push-button transmission

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500 Abarth
Fiat's performance-oriented Abarth model comes in 500 hatchback and 500c soft-top form, and it competes with sporty models like the Mini Cooper S. Its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 160 hp and 170 pounds-feet of torque.

What's Special

  • Dual tailpipes
  • Functional bumper inlets for engine's two intercoolers
  • Rear spoiler
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels; 17-inch rims available
  • Performance suspension
  • Bolstered sport seats
  • Electronic stability system with partial-off mode

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2015 500 Video

Fiat has made some improvements for 2015 to its rowdy 500 Abarth subcompact car. Let's take a look at what's new, what's good, what's bad and how the Fiat 500 Abarth fared in Cars.com's $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. Watch the video for more.

Latest 2015 500 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Fun, Comfy, and Stylish

by 2dubs on July 14, 2018

I found the Fiat 500 surprisingly comfortable and fun to drive. I am not planning to subject too many full size adults to the back seat, but the front seats are really nice. It came lots of great ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car I have ever owned!!!

by ParamedicGirl from Hagerstown, Md on July 9, 2018

Never let me down... I never once had it breakdown or give me issues on the road... even in the snow I knew I could rely on it!!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 FIAT 500 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 FIAT 500 Pop

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
marginal
Lower leg/foot
poor
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
marginal
Lower leg/foot
poor
Restraints and dummy kinematics
poor
Small overlap front
poor
Structure and safety cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by FIAT

Program Benefits

Every eligible vehicle is 100% inspected and comes with: A factory-backed 6-Year/80,000-Mile Added Care Plus Warranty*, 24-Hour Towing and Roadside Assistance**, Car Rental Allowance***.

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 80,000 miles

    6-years/80,000-miles (whichever comes first). Added Care Plus Warranty runs from the date the vehicle was sold new. A deductible applies. See Studio for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 3 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 100% Inspected.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker