• (4.7) 19 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $6,867–$11,399
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 116
  • Engine: 111-hp, (electric)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed automatic
2014 FIAT 500e

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 FIAT 500e

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Two-door subcompact hatchback
  • 500c with accordion-style soft-top
  • 500 Turbo and high-performance Abarth versions available
  • Fully electric 500e available in California

2014 FIAT 500e Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Ever since June 2009, when Fiat took a controlling stake in Chrysler, it's been all but certain the Italian automaker would bring a version of its 500 to the U.S. It finally arrived for 2012. 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 2014

The Fiat 500 and 500c get a revised front passenger seat with an armrest and seat-position memory. The seat also sits 1 inch lower for additional headroom.

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
  • Available glass roof

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; Beats by Dr. Dre premium stereo available
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available TomTom navigation system

Under the Hood

  • Base 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

  • Seven airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Available rear parking sensors

500c
The 500c sports 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.

  • 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.

  • Unique aerodynamic components
  • 7-inch screen in instrument panel with EV information
  • TomTom navigation system with EV-specific features
  • Push-button transmission
  • 12 days of rental car usage a year, for three years, included

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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 hatches and convertibles like the Mini Cooper S. Its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 160 hp and 170 pounds-feet of torque.

  • 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
  • Heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission
  • Electronic stability system with partial-off mode

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Consumer Reviews

(4.7)

Average based on 19 reviews

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Perfect commuter car

by ChrisC from San Antonio, TX on November 19, 2017

This is the absolute perfect commuter car. Buying it used the purchase price and general cost of driving it is so low that it would be hard to beat it. I was looking only at electric cars and with ele... Read Full Review

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2014 FIAT 500e Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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