2017 FIAT 500C

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2017 FIAT 500C
2017 FIAT 500C

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

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

The bad:

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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Normally aspirated or turbo engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Digital instrument panel available
  • 500c with accordion-style soft-top available
  • Fully electric 500e available in select states

2017 FIAT 500C review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Fiat 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-horsepower, 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

Here’s Info on the Regular 500:
What it is: The two-door, four-seat Fiat 500 competes with subcompact cars like the Mini Cooper and Smart ForTwo. A cabrio version, dubbed 500c, is available, and buyers can also opt for a high-performance Abarth model or, in select states, the fully electric 500e. All versions have front-wheel drive.

(Skip to details on the 500e, 500 Abarth)
New for 2017
Fiat has simplified the lineup to three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth.
Significant Standard Features

  • 101-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation system
  • BeatsAudio premium sound system

The 500e is a battery-electric version of the 500 hardtop for sale in select states. The EPA gives the 500e an 87-mile estimated driving range.

Powering a 111-hp electric motor, the thermally managed lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in less than four hours with 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
  • Additional interior sound insulation
  • Navigation system with electric-vehicle-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.
What’s Special

  • Dual tailpipes
  • Functional bumper inlets for engine’s two intercoolers
  • Rear spoiler
  • 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 4.7
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews


Love this Car

This is my first car. I adore it. I get loads of compliments—it’s super attractive and sporty with the convertible roof and the sleek two door design. Fiat really capitalizes on the small interior of the 500C with smart design. There’s no center console but there are still 4 cups holders, large (spanning the whole length of the doors) compartments in each door, a compartment between the front seats, a net pocket by the passenger side under the glove box, and a large pocket on the back of the passenger seat. What I’m saying is this: don’t be fooled by the size. There is ample room inside for what I need to carry with me, in fact, more space than I need. I usually drive alone or with a passenger and I have no kids, so I never feel cramped. I was able to fit $500 of groceries between the passenger seat and floor, backseat and floor, and the trunk. I’ve gone on numerous 2hr drives with a passenger with zero complaints of feeling cramped or claustrophobic. The inside is comparable to the feel of a standard sedan. A little smaller since the car is narrow, but comfortable. It also has a luxury feel to me. The dash is retro and adorable with knobs and the exterior color. The stereo is great and has a touch screen and GPS. The speakers’ bass is surprisingly heavy. I love the digital dash—odometer, speedometer, gas gauge, rpm, gas economy, engine and outside temp, tire pressure, date, time, miles left in your tank, how many miles your trip has been, etc. It has two different options for a little image of a Fiat which I love. It tells you which door is open if one is which is convenient. Everything on the dash is circular and centralized. There are so many small details that I love about this car—the houndstooth print seats, the leather steering wheel, backup sensors, steering wheel radio controls, window controls by the shifter, lights on the side of the car that blink with your directionals, the fact that if you open the trunk with the top down, the top automatically goes up one notch and the trunk opens saving you from having to enter the car and put the top up, little “Fiat” inscriptions in the headlights, and many other things. It rides great—very smooth for a compact car. Maneuverable, good tension on the wheel and pedals. The AC and heat cool and warm the car fast. The doors are large and heavy. The media, dash, and wheel controls are user-friendly. The car feels very sturdy and safe, but also cozy. Excellent gas mileage. You do have to use 91 or 93 octane gas but the tank is only 10 gallons and you’ll only find yourself filling it every few weeks if you drive a normal amount (to and from work, the store, etc). It’s a very responsive car—it does exactly what you want it to do. The only test is the winter. It is not AWD, so I will be getting snow tires and driving carefully. I feel confident about it. The car isn’t really lower than an average sedan but watch out for bottoming out. I don’t know anything about engines, but under the hood was extremely clean when I got it, whatever that means. There are two USB ports, a lighter port, and an AUX port. Middle E-brake which I prefer and a steering column in the middle, not on the steering wheel. Mine is automatic but driving this car stick would be a blast. Overall, an amazing car and I know it will be reliable and exactly what I need until the time comes for another car. I bought it with very low mileage so I’m not worried about repairs which I understand can be expensive since the car is Italian and parts can be tricky to find. I needed a reliable car to put a lot of miles on for a while and this is it!


Great runabout with more style and personality

We have owned four Fiats since 2012... used and abused... more style and character than anything in its price range... just be used to Italian car ergonomic quirks..


Most fun to drive car, super gas mileage

Love this cute little car. Sure is easy to get in small spaces. You get super gas mileage, don't have to fill up as much.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by FIAT
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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