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Fiat 500 Electric

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Summary


The Fiat 500 Electric 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.

Media reviews to date have been strongly positive and, as of April 2022, the Fiat 500 Electric has an Expert Rating of 70%. It’s also one of the cheapest new electric cars on the market, although optional extraas and higher trim levels can drive the prices up subsctantially.

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 while the new 500 range will start at a price of £20K, most reviews have been based on cars priced close to (and sometimes beyond) £30K with higher performance, more equipment and better battery range.

Key specifications


Body style: Small three-door hatch and cabriolet
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £22,335 on-road*
*price includes £1,500 government plug-in car grant

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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Company Car Today

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Driving Electric

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: December 2021

76%

ADULT OCCUPANT

80%

CHILD OCCUPANT

67%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

67%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Model tested:
Date tested: July 2021

10 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

10 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

10 / 10

GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX

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.”

Awards


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

2022

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

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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Fiat 500 ElectricThe new Fiat 500 Electric has been praised for its driving dynamics and interior quality, both of which are much better than the old model.