2019 FIAT 500e

What’s new

  • No changes for 2019
  • Part of the first 500 generation introduced for 2012

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
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MSRP Starting at
$33,210

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Which 500e does Edmunds recommend?

Choosing which 500e model to buy is easy because there's only one trim. The only decisions you have to make are whether you want a sunroof and if you like the gray-and-orange theme of the optional eSport package.

Edmunds' Expert Review

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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 The 500e is also out-of-date when it comes to having the latest infotainment and safety features.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.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

The 500e is an entertaining electric vehicle with good moves at every turn. It's actually quicker to 60 mph than the regular Fiat 500. Driving that enthusiastically will greatly reduce range, however, so it's best to keep a light foot.

Acceleration

Copious electric-motor torque imparts a good drive-away feel from a stop. Our 500e scooted to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, which is reasonably quick for an EV.

Braking

The brake pedal is firm and reassuring, and routine in-town stops feel, well, routine. Our panic stop from 60 mph took 129 feet — a little long, but not alarmingly so.

Steering

The steering wheel feels oddly heavy when driving straight, but it wakes up nicely and gives good feedback when turning through corners. Strangely, the 500e is more responsive than the standard Fiat 500.

Handling

The 500e stands apart from other electric vehicles with its great balance and an eagerness to turn. It's one of the more entertaining electric vehicles on the market.

Drivability

Smooth is the order of the day, but we wish the Fiat 500e had a mode you could set to enable extra regenerative braking force.

Comfort

The Fiat 500e is quiet, but its suspension delivers a busier and more unsettled ride on uneven surfaces than we'd like.

Seat comfort

The adjustments for the front seats are fairly basic, but the cushion and backrest provide adequate support.

Ride comfort

The Fiat 500e pitches and bucks on its short wheelbase more than expected. A standard 500 rides better.

Noise & vibration

In true EV fashion, the 500e glides around in silence, at least when it comes to noise from the motor. Tire noise is noticeable, but mainly because there's no noise from anything else.

Interior

Like a regular Fiat 500, the 500e suffers from two things: form over function and, to a greater degree, a back seat that isn't terribly practical for family use. Think of it as a two-seater, and you'll get along with it much better.

Ease of use

We've never liked the 500's window switch controls, trip computer reset buttons or seat-height adjuster. Add a weird push-button shifter with no enhanced EV regen mode to our list of gripes.

Getting in/getting out

The wide doors offer easy entry to the front seats, but the rear seats are hard to wriggle into. This Fiat is not the right car if you plan to haul adults or even teens in the back seat.

Roominess

There is good head- and legroom up front, but the rear seat isn't something you'd want to depend on unless the driver is short.

Visibility

It's easy to see out the front, but the center door post seems to be in the way when checking your blind spot. Rear visibility is about average for this kind of car.

Utility

If someone is sitting in the rear seats, there isn't much room for cargo. The back seats need to be folded to get much utility. The 500e works best in the two-seat configuration.

Consumer reviews

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    4 out of 5 stars, STAY ALERT intros very quick car.
    Electric Wizard,
    Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD)

    Jiggly ride but great fun to drive. The small wheels can get lost in large potholes that a big car could ignore. It doesn't wander. It doesn't skip down the road like a pickup truck on a dirt road. Nicely damped shocks on this car. Use back seat for duffles and fluffy packages, not people. Small back area OK for 4 grocery bags or two cases of wine. Center console lacks ability to change out cup holders for a little package or purse spot, cell phone holder, etc. Charges VERY fast on a level 2 charger. Mine charges to 114 miles, not just the advertised 86 miles. Nice paint but I wish the interior was not a black cave. Would prefer much brighter interior lighting. If the wheels are turned left or right and you pull out smartly, the car will jump left or right as this is a very intense electric. Quick steering response with a short wheelbase. Stay alert! You can easily drive this car way too fast. Above 50 mph or with windows open you deplete range much more quickly. It gives plenty of warning when you get to range of 15 miles or less and will identify the nearest charging point. You can drive it right to 1 mile remaining. At zero you must charge or tow it. Might be very handy as a camper's / mobile home accessory vehicle. Not really a freeway car. You will feel safer on small roads and city streets but I am used to E-type Mercedes, not such little cars. Mine is a lease conversion so only $109 per month, all in. That is a bargain. At the $34000 list price, I'd prefer a bigger Subaru Outback. If you can remove the back seats this could be a great small delivery vehicle for lots of small, quick deliveries. Very easy entry and exit. Think Uber for pharma, small groceries, Amazon, etc. Your own cell phone is a far better navigator that the built-in one. Mine lacks Apple Play but otherwise links fine for phone audio function. Good display for tire pressures - be sure to keep them balanced and matched pressure. It keeps the garage clean and sweet-smelling too. Park two where one normal car could reside. Plug it in nightly and get used to never stopping at the petrol station. You will have the sensation that driving became free. I don't mind running errands all over our small CA town as maneuvering and parking are very easy. It lacks modern warnings for cars in your blind spot. We don't have the back-up camera and find the parking sensor sounds way too early. There is no lane-hold or auto braking. Stay alert! This is not a Tesla. Ours does have a Tesla license plate which brings smiles. The car is so cute you may give it a name. Very basic controls for windows, mirrors, wipers. This is not a luxury car. I would not buy this for a young inexperienced driver, even though it is very easy to drive. The performance will lure a new driver to do silly things. On wet streets you can slide this easily with the brakes or spin the wheels when pulling out with too much power. The small tires do not have a lot of rubber on the road. There is not much maintenance to do other than keep it clean. Troubleshooting is via the standard plug but leave this for the dealer.

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    Features & Specs

    Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback features & specs
    Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback
    electric DD
    MSRP$33,210
    MPG 121 city / 103 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission1-speed direct drive
    HorsepowerN/A
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 500e safety features:

    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

    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.

    Compare Fiat 500e & Nissan Leaf features

    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.

    Compare Fiat 500e & Volkswagen e-Golf features

    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.

    Compare Fiat 500e & BMW i3 features

    FAQ

    Is the FIAT 500e a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 500e both on the road and at the track. You probably care about FIAT 500e energy consumption, so it's important to know that the 500e gets an EPA-estimated 112 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 500e has 7.0 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 500e. Learn more

    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
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    Is the FIAT 500e reliable?

    To determine whether the FIAT 500e is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 500e. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 500e's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2019 FIAT 500e a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 FIAT 500e is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 500e 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 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
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    What are the different models of FIAT 500e?

    If you're interested in the FIAT 500e, the next question is, which 500e model is right for you? 500e variants include Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD). For a full list of 500e models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2019 FIAT 500e

    2019 FIAT 500e Overview

    The 2019 FIAT 500e is offered in the following submodels: 500e Hatchback. Available styles include Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD).

    What do people think of the 2019 FIAT 500e?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 FIAT 500e and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 500e 4.0 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 500e.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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

    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 500e?

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