Used 2019 FIAT 500e
Pros & Cons
- Nimble handling
- Compact and easy to park
- Dinky cargo space and back seat
- Only 84 miles of range
- Missing the latest driver safety aids
Which 500e does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
While compact crossovers are hotter than ever, and full-size pickups are the best-selling vehicles on the market, these segments don't typically see a lot of innovation. But automakers are making a lot of strides with electric vehicles. Every year, new electric vehicles debut with more range and functionality. You can tell how far along things have come by checking out the 2019 Fiat 500e and comparing it to other EVs. But in this particular case, the comparison isn't favorable for Fiat.
The 500e's limiting factor is its battery. The 24-kWh pack is good for just 84 miles of range. Back when the 500e debuted in 2013, that distance was par for the course. Nowadays, newer rivals can go two or three times as far. The 500e is also out-of-date when it comes to having the latest infotainment and safety features.
Still, it has a few positive attributes. The 500e's compact size makes it easy to park and maneuver in crowded urban centers. If all you want is basic, low-cost EV transportation, you'll find a willing companion in the 500e. But rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona Electric and Nissan Leaf offer more utility and range, making them far more practical choices.
FIAT 500e models
The 2019 Fiat 500e is a two-door, pure electric hatchback sold in a single, well-equipped trim. (The gasoline-powered Fiat 500 is reviewed separately.) The 500e is powered by an 83-kilowatt electric motor (111 horsepower, 147 pound-feet of torque) channeled to the front wheels through a single-speed automatic transmission.
A rechargeable 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the motor. The EPA estimates the 500e can travel up to 84 miles on a full charge. Fiat says a typical 120-volt outlet will charge the 500e from empty in 24 hours, while a Level 2 charger will do the job in about four hours.
Standard features for the 500e include 15-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, remote locking and unlocking, automatic climate control, a driver information display, full power accessories, cruise control, manually adjustable heated front seats with driver-side height adjustment, premium vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped and tilt-adjustable steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 50/50-split folding rear seats, floor mats and a cargo cover. Standard technology features include Bluetooth, navigation, voice commands, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker Alpine audio system with satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.
The only options are a sunroof and the eSport appearance package, which includes darkened exterior lamp bezels, orange exterior trim pieces, and special 15-inch wheels for a more customized look.
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Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- Battery & Range
- EPA KWh/100 mi.: 30
- Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): 4.0 hr.
- EPA Electricity Range: 84 mi.
- 4 seats
- Type: front wheel drive
- Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
- Basic Warranty
- 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
- Length: 142.4 in. / Height: 60.1 in. / Width: 64.1 in.
- Curb Weight: 2980 lbs.
- Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 7.0 cu.ft.
Our experts like the 500e models:
- ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
- Sounds an alert if 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.
Fiat 500e vs. the competition
2019 Fiat 500e
2019 Nissan Leaf
Fiat 500e vs. Nissan Leaf
It doesn't offer the Fiat's funky styling or playful attitude, but the Nissan Leaf is a far more practical electric vehicle. Its 150-mile range demolishes the Fiat's 84 miles, and the Leaf's base price is lower, too. The interior is also larger, and there's much more cargo space. Unless you're smitten with the 500e's distinct styling, the Leaf is undoubtedly the way to go. To learn more about the Leaf of this generation, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2018 Nissan Leaf SL.
Fiat 500e vs. Volkswagen e-Golf
Like the Leaf, the Volkswagen e-Golf is much more practical than the 500e and offers more range. The VW can go 125 miles on a charge — about 50 percent more than the Fiat — and its cabin is suitable for four adults. It'll carry plenty of cargo, too.
Fiat 500e vs. BMW i3
Like the Fiat, the BMW i3 is a commuter EV wrapped in a distinct package. It definitely stands out from traditionally styled competitors. But there's no skirting the issue of price — even the most reasonable i3 is significantly more expensive than the 500e. The i3 does have a unique ace up its sleeve if you're worried about range: The available range extender adds a small gasoline engine that recharges the battery if you run out of juice.
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What's new in the 2019 FIAT 500e?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 FIAT 500e:
- No changes for 2019
- Part of the first 500 generation introduced for 2012
Is the FIAT 500e reliable?
Is the 2019 FIAT 500e a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2019 FIAT 500e?
The least-expensive 2019 FIAT 500e is the 2019 FIAT 500e Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,210.
Other versions include:
- Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD) which starts at $33,210