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Fiat 500

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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 is set to arrive in the UK in Spring 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.

As of 2021, the Fiat 500 is 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.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hatch
Engines: petrol (mild hybrid)
Price: From £13,275 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 3 stars
Date tested: March 2017

66%

ADULT OCCUPANT

49%

CHILD OCCUPANT

53%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

27%

SAFETY ASSIST

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


No eco rating

The Fiat 500 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Given that the 500 is now an old model and due to end production in the next year or so, it’s unlikely that it will ever best assessed by Green NCAP. However, if it does happen then we’ll publish the results here.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Fiat 500 has received

2019

  • Auto Express Driver Power Awards – Best Premium Small Car

2016

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

2015

  • Next Green Car Awards – City Car Award

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