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2016 FIAT 500e Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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Base 0-cyl. Electric 1-speed Direct Drive - (3 reviews )

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Zippy Electric Vehicle
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Califas
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2016 FIAT 500e Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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The 500e has a better response than the gas-powered version. It handles better, has the best pickup and go, and is so fun to drive. I wanted to lease an electric vehicle so I wouldn't have to pay for parking in my city's parking meters and garages (my city has an incentive to lease/purchase EVs) especially as I work downtown and must pay to park. It's a dream to drive and park, and recharges when you break, so it becomes a game to get as much mileage from a charge as possible. So far, I've had no problems with the car at all. The lease is up the end of the year, and I've become spoiled with having an EV; it's wonderful not to pay for gas, oil, or smog check! I hope to continue with either leasing or owning another EV. At least in California, this is the way to go especially as the state has a pay back money incentive to own/lease an EV.


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Great little gem for the money.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Iwatobi
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2016 FIAT 500e Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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Great little car for short distance commute and travel. Has plenty of space in the backseat even though trunk space is limited. Charging is easy but know that on standard 110V outlet it would take an entire day to charge up. 24V commercial chargers can do the same in 4 hours or you can install a 240V at home. Love the styling and it's a hoot to drive. Instant torque and no shifting makes the car feel like it has way more power than it does. No problem at all passing cars with easy and it handles very well. Slightly wobbly on highway with high wind. One of the best EV out there that drives handles and performance as good with any gasoline vehicle - 500E is better than any other 500 variant including the Abarth IMO.


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WAY more expensive than you can even imagine!!
3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Holly Johnson
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2016 FIAT 500e Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (electric DD)


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DO NOT BUY THE FIAT 500e!! There is a major design flaw that will cost you $2000 at least once, and likely $2000 / year. This is NOT covered by the warranty. Before buying one, take a look at the plug (where the gas cap would normally be). It is very fragile plastic. Now think that for 8 hours or more a day, this will be plugged into a charger with a handle slightly smaller than a gas pump handle. Now think that if a small child bumps that even once, the plastic connector will snap. That simple looking connector costs almost $2000 to replace. It is part of a cable bundle that runs to the front of the car. It takes 7 hours to replace (at least that's what they bill). This will break!! Beware before buying this car!! Warranty will not cover it because they say it is the child's fault for bumping into it, not a car problem.


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