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Fiat 500

(2015 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

50
%
E

Used car score:

61
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

52
%
E

Safety Rating:

22
%
E

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

85
%
B

Running Costs:

78
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

50
%
E

Used car score:

61
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

52
%
E

Safety Rating:

22
%
E

Eco Rating:

73
%
A

Reliability Rating:

85
%
B

Running Costs:

78
%
A

Summary


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 and is now the only engine choice. Although an all-new, all-electric model arrived in 2021, the existing model will soldier on for the time being as a cheaper option until it is eventually retired once demand slows or the costs of keeping it on sale get too high.

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.

From 2021, the Fiat 500 has only been only available with a petrol engine and a manual gearbox. Fiat brands the engine as a ‘Hybrid’, but it’s really only a mild hybrid. That means it can’t drive on electricity alone, with a small electric motor used to assist the petrol engine to improve fuel economy.

As of January 2024, the Fiat 500 holds a poor New Car Expert Rating E with a score of 50%, which puts it down near the bottom of the small car sector.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hatch
Engines: petrol (mild hybrid)
Price: From £16,790 on-road

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


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: March 2017
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 66%
Child protection: 49%
Vulnerable road users: 53%
Safety assist: 27%

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.

In addition, the above rating only applies to the hatchback models and not the cabriolet version, which has not been tested.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: Hybrid 1.0-litre GSE Petrol FWD Manual

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: October 2022
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 4.3 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 6.3 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 5.2 / 10

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of September 2023, the Fiat 500 has a reliability score of 49%, which puts it right in the middle of the marketplace according to extended warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation 500 and the former (pre-2015) version.

The Fiat 500 does appear to be cheap to repair when things go wrong, with an average repair cost a bit over £400. That’s good news if you already own a 500 or are considering buying a used one.

The most common reported problems with the 500 relate to its suspension, with an average repair bill of around £220 to date. The other area to look out for is the gearbox, which accounts for a sixth of repair claims. Unfortunately, this is the most expensive type of fault on the list, costing over £1,100 on average.

If you’re looking at a used Fiat 500, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models61 mpgA46 – 61 mpgA – C
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models107 g/kmA105 – 139 g/kmA – B
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models11A7 – 17A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£162A
Year 2£459A
Year 3£733A
Year 4£916A
Year 5£1,249A
Overall£3,519A

The Fiat 500 is a very cheap car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The 500 is one of a very few cars in our database of more than 500 vehicles to get a complete set of straight-A scores in every category. So whether its fuel economy, servicing or insurance, a Fiat 500 should be cheap to run. The only thing to note is that the more powerful petrol engines (found on used models) will use quite a bit more fuel than the latest mild hybrid engines.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Fiat 500 has received

2021

  • Motor Trader Industry Awards – Best Volume Used Car

2019

  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Best Premium Small Car

2016

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

2015

  • Next Green Car Awards – City Car Award

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The Fiat 500 has received mixed reviews from the UK media, with scores dropping as the car gets older and starts to fall well behind the class leaders.Fiat 500