2015 FIAT 500

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$16,845

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

34

Combined MPG

4

Seating capacity

139.6” x 59.8”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2015 FIAT 500 trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Fiat 500 is good

Only problem is check engine light which is said to be due to gas cap. I ordered new gas cap and will see if resolves problem. Otherwise have 60-day limited warranty from dealer.

5.0

MY 17TH FIAT 500- NO LIE!

i made a 400 mile trip to Los Angeles to buy my first Fiat 500 in 2012 before we could get then here is San Francisco...i didnt know then it would be the start of a long love affair with the cars as i ended up buying at total of 17- proof on file right here next to my desk...its nice to make a 400 mile trip on one 10 gallon tank of gas- especially these days where some of us are seeing six to seven dollar gas in california...i can only think of one issue with one of the 17- a piece weakened in the stick shift linkage on Monday and by Tuesday the Fiat dealer had the part and installed it in an hour while i baby sat the greyhound in the waiting room...last year i bought my first used one- red- for cheap at carmax with really low miles on it...so far the only thing was a jammed cd in the radio- carmax replaced the unit so now i can play my favorite inner city gospel music to local teen who hang out in front of the supermarket after school...i would ask Stellantis/FCA to bring the new fiat 500 they are selling in europe right back here to the US where it is needed and belongs...end of discussion...Bishop Tom- host of the Bishop Tom radio show....

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).

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Safety

Based on the 2015 FIAT 500 base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
3
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
14.7%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
3

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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