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Fiat 500 Electric

(2021 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

74
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

91
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

74
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

67
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

91
%
A

Summary


The Fiat 500 Electric (also known as the 500e) is all-new model that will sit alongside and eventually replace the existing Fiat 500 – which has been around since 2007 (albeit with several updates over the years).

The new model is a bit bigger and, as the name suggests, will only be available with electric power. Like previous generations, it is available as both a regular hatchback and as a cabriolet. It landed in the UK in Spring 2021 and the old petrol model will soldier along for possibly a couple more years before being retired.

As of January 2024, the Fiat 500 Electric holds a New Car Expert Rating A with a score of 74%. It’s also one of the cheapest new electric cars on the market, although optional extras and higher trim levels can drive the prices up substantially.

Based on the reviews we have gathered to date, the new 500 Electric has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, both of which are significant improvements over the old model.

The main criticism is that the car remains cramped for four people and luggage, but then that goes for any car in this class. It’s also worth noting that most reviews have been based on high-spec models with much higher pricing that the lead-in version, with higher performance, more equipment and better battery range.

500 Electric highlights

  • Desirable pint-sized looks
  • Competitive battery range
  • Low running costs
  • Stylish interior
  • Agile city driving

500 Electric lowlights

  • Rivals are more practical
  • Entry-level models are rather basic
  • Expensive step up from normal 500
  • Cramped in the back

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hatch and cabriolet
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £28,195* on-road

*including Fiat’s ‘E-Grant’ discount scheme

Launched: Spring 2021
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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

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Car Keys

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Eurekar

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Intercooler

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 76%
Child protection: 80%
Vulnerable road users: 67%
Safety assist: 67%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested:

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 10 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 10 / 10

Five stars

The Fiat 500 Electric was awarded a five-star eco rating from Green NCAP in July 2021.

Green NCAP said: “With no pollutant emissions at the tailpipe, this full-electric car gets an unbeatable ten out of ten for the Clean Air Index. Energy efficiency of battery electric cars is very high compared with other types of vehicles and the Fiat gets full points here, too.

“However, the standard charger supplied with the vehicle was slow and inefficient so, in the long term, the customer will pay more for grid electricity than would be the case with a better unit. In Green NCAP’s current assessment, which looks only at tailpipe emissions and takes no account of upstream CO2, the 500 completes its hat-trick with maximum points in the Greenhouse Gas pillar.”

Reliability rating

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No reliability rating

As of September 2023, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Fiat 500 Electric to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the 500 Electric, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models170 milesC115 – 199 milesB – C
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.8 m/KWhA4.7 – 5.5 m/KWhA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models18A15 – 21A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£122A
Year 2£341A
Year 3£530A
Year 4£677A
Year 5£913A
Overall£2,583A

The Fiat 500e offers very low-cost running, even by electric car standards. Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is excellent, while insurance and servicing should also be relatively cheap by new car standards.

The only disappointment is that battery range isn’t great. Across the 500e family, the average range is 170 miles, although the entry-level model drops down to as low as 115 miles while the biggest-battery models are rated for 199 miles. On top of that, you’ll need to bear in mind that these are official EU/UK lab figures, which are optimistic compared to real-world driving.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Fiat 500 Electric has received

2023

  • EcoCar Electrified Top 50 – Best Electric City Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Small Car

2022

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best City Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Small EV
  • EV Fleet World Awards – Best EV City Car
  • GQ eCar Awards – Best City Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • Southern Group of Motoring Writers Awards – ‘Dark Horse’ of the Year
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Small Car

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best City Car + Best Small Electic Car for the City
  • Electrifying.com Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best EV City Car
  • Marie Claire Sustainability Awards – Best Electric Car
  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best City Car
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Small Electric Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Convertible
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Small Car

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