2015 FIAT 500

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$16,845

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2015 FIAT 500
2015 FIAT 500

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

5 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

FUn, fun, fun, and the exhaust! An Abarth!

I was looking for a car, any car, that would fit my larger folding bicycle. Many SUVs won't with out folding the rear seats (which looks tacky on a 4 door car). I located a few sedans that it actually fit in the trunk, but the selling dealer just got this Abarth for sale, and as a joke, I tried to put my large folding bike in the hatch of this teensy-tiny-sporty little 2 door sedan. OMG, it fit (with rear seats folded, but a small 2 door, looks great). I took it on a long 200 mile drive crossing 3 Blue Ridge mountain ranges, and the Abarth experience was delirious and delicious. And I'm an older fellow 9 but used to race autocrosses).

4.3

Good little car

2015 fiat 500 sport is a fairly reliable car. I had few (mostly electrical) issues over the years. Sensor (O2) replaced twice; headlights and stop lights burn out frequently, and there was also an electrical issue (bad wiring - however the repair cost was only few hundred dollars). Overall, the powertrain is great, no issues whatsoever. Car runs (like a small car) well. I do a lot of city / highway mix driving (35000 km per year).

5.0

Most dependable car I've ever owned

This car has never given me any trouble, so dependable. I wouldn't even sell it if I didn't need more room to travel. It's just been that good. I kept it maintained and oil changed and it paid off.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by FIAT
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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