2016 FIAT 500e

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Key Specs

of the 2016 FIAT 500e. Base trim shown.

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 2016 FIAT 500e

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

2016 FIAT 500e Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 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-horsepower 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 available
  • Push-button transmission

Here's info on the regular 500:

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: 500c500 Abarth)
New for 2016
A new Easy trim level slots between the Pop and Sport models and has a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Alpine premium audio and 15-inch aluminum wheels. All models have a standard Uconnect multimedia system with a 5-inch touch-screen and Bluetooth connectivity.
Significant Standard Features

  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Req...
Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 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-horsepower 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 available
  • Push-button transmission

Here's info on the regular 500:

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: 500c500 Abarth)
New for 2016
A new Easy trim level slots between the Pop and Sport models and has a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, Alpine premium audio and 15-inch aluminum wheels. All models have a standard Uconnect multimedia system with a 5-inch touch-screen and Bluetooth connectivity.
Significant Standard Features

  • Uconnect multimedia system with Bluetooth
  • Power-adjustable heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Air conditioning
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 135-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (Turbo)
  • Power sunroof
  • Navigation system
  • Automatic temperature control
  • BeatsAudio premium sound system

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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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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Latest 2016 500e Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fiat Forever

by FiatForever from Medford, Oregon on April 21, 2018

I literally traveled across the nation to find the Fiat 500x of my dreams - and I don't regret doing it. I knew I'd love the car, but after four days of cross country driving, I'm sure of it. The ... Read full review

(3.0)

Fiat 500e Real World Review

by Passenger from Novato, California on September 14, 2017

Good and Bad. We just bought a used 2014 500e with 28k miles. Dealers are currently offering nice pricing as many 2014's are coming off-lease and being turned in. We paid $7500 + tax. which seems very ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 FIAT 500e currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 FIAT 500e has not been tested.

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 500e 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.

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