2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback

What’s new

  • New 1957 Edition exterior and interior appearance package
  • Part of the first 500 generation introduced for 2012

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble size for easy parking
  • Fairly comfortable ride quality for a car of this size
  • Lots of personality for the price
  • Disappointing fuel economy given the slow acceleration
  • Cramped interior
  • Poor rear visibility with the convertible's top lowered
  • Abarth model isn't very quick or much fun
MSRP Starting at
$16,245

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Which 500 does Edmunds recommend?

With only three available trim levels, choosing your particular Fiat 500 should be relatively easy. The entry-level Pop might be tempting, but we think the best pick is the midlevel Lounge trim. It's a significant price difference, but you get lots of extras that make the 500 more livable, such as automatic climate control, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, and heated front seats.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2019 Fiat 500 answers a very specific question: What do you buy if you want a tiny car that combines a bit of nostalgia with distinct European styling? As a two-door subcompact, the 500 is certainly small. And with styling cues that clearly harken back to the original Fiat 500 of the 1950s, it's got the nostalgia and styling angle handled. But how does it do as a modern daily driver? That answer isn't as rosy.

To the 500's credit, it's one of the easiest cars you'll ever park. Its scant dimensions make it ideal for crowded cities, and its nimble nature lends an advantage in traffic. Unfortunately, those same dimensions mean your people-carrying space is limited. Most adults in the front seat will be relatively comfortable, but the back seat is basically a glorified shelf. The trunk is just as small.

Under the hood, the 500 gets an equally tiny turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It provides a certain amount of personality that helps the 500 feel eager and spritely around town, but the reality is that the 500 is still one of the slowest cars in the segment. Fuel economy is disappointing as well.

Ultimately, the 2019 Fiat 500 is an interesting option for subcompact shoppers, but it's not our first choice. Competitors are less expensive in many cases and offer more amenities. If you need a bit more space, we recommend looking at four-door subcompacts such as the Kia Rio or the Honda Fit. And if you've got your heart set on a two-door city car, we suggest looking at the standard Mini Cooper or even an electric Fiat 500e, which we prefer to the gasoline-powered model.

2019 FIAT 500 models

The 2019 Fiat 500 is a small city car with seating for four, although the rear seats are only suitable for very small children. It's available as a two-door hatchback or convertible (Fiat calls this the 500C) that uses fixed roof rails and a folding center portion. Three trim levels are available: Pop, Lounge and Abarth.

All three trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional. In the Pop and Lounge models, the engine produces 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Abarth models receive a modest but noticeable power bump: 160 hp and 170 lb-ft.

Standard features for the Pop trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, hill start assist, heated mirrors, foglights, keyless locking and unlocking, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a 7-inch color driver information display, 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cargo cover, and Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment interface with a 5-inch center touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice controls, and a six-speaker Alpine audio system with an auxiliary audio input and two USB ports (one for mobile device integration, the other for charging). The Pop convertible also comes with rear parking sensors.

The Lounge trim is a bit more luxury-oriented so it includes all of the above, plus chrome exterior trim, a fixed glass roof, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and satellite radio.

At the top of the Fiat 500 food chain is the performance-focused Abarth. It includes the parking sensors from the Lounge and adds a more powerful engine, a rear spoiler, sportier suspension tuning, upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers, a performance exhaust system, distinctive exterior and interior styling tweaks, premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a sport steering wheel and front floor mats.

Some of the Lounge's extra features can be added to the Pop and the Abarth as options. Other notable options include a 1957 Edition package (special colors and badging), a sunroof for coupe models, 17-inch wheels for the Abarth, a BeatsAudio sound system, a navigation system, and a variety of exterior and interior styling enhancements.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

While it may be nimble and maneuverable, the 500 definitely isn't sporty. Even the Abarth model, with 160 horsepower, can spin the front tires at full throttle but instrumented acceleration numbers are less impressive. It can barely keep up with the base Mini Cooper Hardtop, let alone the Cooper S model.

Comfort

Limitations to the seat and steering wheel adjustability compromise comfort, and the contouring of the front seat will bother some drivers. The lack of adequate elbow padding and the drone of the engine and exhaust further hurt comfort scores. The ride quality is decent enough.

Interior

While the 500's minimalist interior has a certain retro design appeal, it also serves to limit the functionality of many systems. The limited passenger space leaves it trailing rivals by a considerable margin.

Utility

The cabriolet's trunk only measures 5.4 cubic feet, roughly half the capacity of the hatchback model (9.5 cubes). The tiny opening hampers usefulness. It's a struggle to get a carry-on suitcase to fit. Interior storage is minimal, with shallow door pockets and cramped cupholders.

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 7 total reviews

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    5 out of 5 stars, Makes me feel like I’m in a ‘50s movie
    Bill Kupersmith,
    Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

    What I like best is the feeling of safety. That may seem paradoxical for such a small car. But being able to manouevre quickly whilst using little space is the easiest way to avoid other cars and obstacles. Quite love it.

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    Features & Specs

    Pop 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    Pop 2dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M
    MSRP$16,245
    MPG 28 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Horsepower135 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Abarth 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    Abarth 2dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M
    MSRP$20,495
    MPG 28 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Horsepower160 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Lounge 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    Lounge 2dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M
    MSRP$19,745
    MPG 28 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Horsepower135 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Retro 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    Retro 2dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M
    MSRP$19,745
    MPG 28 city / 33 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission5-speed manual
    Horsepower135 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 500 safety features:

    ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
    Sounds an alert as the Fiat 500 approaches an object behind the car.
    ParkView Rear Backup Camera
    Displays an image of the area directly behind the car in the central touchscreen.
    Hill Start Assist
    Keeps the brakes applied even after you let your foot off the pedal while on a hill to prevent rolling backward.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14.7%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Fiat 500 vs. the competition

    Fiat 500 vs. Mini Hardtop 2 Door

    Between the 500 and the Mini Hardtop, our choice is definitely the Mini. The Mini is roomier and more powerful yet is still nimble enough for easy parking. You'll have to pay more to get a Hardtop, but but we think it's worth the cost.

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    Fiat 500 vs. Kia Soul

    The Kia Soul is completely redesigned for 2020. But in the last year of this generation, we still recommend the 2019 Kia Soul over the Fiat 500. Sure, it's larger and has four doors, but the Kia Soul is still small and maneuverable. Plus, it's priced reasonably and has a more appealing mix of features.

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    Fiat 500 vs. Kia Rio

    Full of modern tech and lots of standard features, the 2019 Kia Rio is one of our favorite small hatchbacks. It has sporty handling characteristics along with an affordable price. It is also well-built for such an inexpensive car. As is the case with the Soul, the Rio is four doors, so it won't fit in some of the same tiny places that the Fiat 500 will.

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    FAQ

    Is the FIAT 500 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 500 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about FIAT 500 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 500 gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 500 has 9.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a FIAT 500. Learn more
    What's new in the 2019 FIAT 500?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 FIAT 500:

    • New 1957 Edition exterior and interior appearance package
    • Part of the first 500 generation introduced for 2012
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    Is the FIAT 500 reliable?
    To determine whether the FIAT 500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2019 FIAT 500 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 FIAT 500 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 500 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2019 FIAT 500?

    The least-expensive 2019 FIAT 500 is the 2019 FIAT 500 Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $16,245.

    Other versions include:

    • Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) which starts at $16,245
    • Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) which starts at $20,495
    • Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) which starts at $19,745
    • Retro 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) which starts at $19,745
    Learn more
    What are the different models of FIAT 500?
    If you're interested in the FIAT 500, the next question is, which 500 model is right for you? 500 variants include Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and Retro 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M). For a full list of 500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 FIAT 500

    2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback Overview

    The 2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback is offered in the following styles: Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and Retro 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

    What do people think of the 2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 500 Hatchback 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 500 Hatchback.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 500 Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including Pop, Abarth, Lounge, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2019 FIAT 500 Hatchback?

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