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Fiat 500

(2015 - present)

The Fiat 500 is a small three-door hatchback that was originally launched in 2007, echoing the beloved 1957 Fiat Cinquecento. It was given a major update in 2015 and there have been countless limited editions over the last 12 years.

A mild hybrid petrol engine was added to the range in early 2020. The current model will be replaced by an all-new, all-electric model next year.

High-performance versions of the 500 are built by Fiat-owned Abarth and are not covered by this page. We have a separate page for the Abarth 595 models here.

The Fiat 500 has received mixed reviews from the UK motoring media, with scores gradually falling as the car gets older and starts to fall further behind the class leaders. It has received praise for its style and character, as well as its extensive personalisation options, however it has been criticised for its lack of comfort and practicality, while consumer-oriented titles have marked it down heavily for its lack of advanced safety features.

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Body style: Small three-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £12,375 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2015
Last updated: Winter 2019/20
Replacement due: 2021


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express










Honest John




The Sun


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: March 2017









Notes on safety

Euro NCAP originally awarded the Fiat 500 a five-star rating when it was launched back in 2007. However, safety standards have evolved more rapidly than the Fiat’s safety systems over the last decade; when the updated Fiat 500 was re-tested in 2017, it only scored three stars.


Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Fiat 500 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Fiat 500 has received


  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Best Premium Small Car


  • Sunday Times Top 100 Cars – Best City Car
  • Contract Hire and Leasing Awards – City Car of the Year
  • BusinessCar Awards – Best City Car


  • Next Green Car Awards – City Car Award

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