2019 FIAT 500e Review

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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

  • Nimble handling
  • Compact and easy to park
  • Dinky cargo space and back seat
  • Only 84 miles of range
  • Missing the latest driver safety aids
  • No changes for 2019
  • Part of the first 500 generation introduced for 2012

Overall rating

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 The 500e is also out-of-date when it comes to having the latest infotainment and safety features.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

2019 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.

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

Read what other owners think about the Used 2019 FIAT 500e.

Most helpful consumer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
STAY ALERT intros very quick car.
Electric Wizard,07/12/2019
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.

Safety

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.

More about the 2019 FIAT 500e

Used 2019 FIAT 500e Overview

The Used 2019 FIAT 500e is offered in the following submodels: 500e Hatchback. Available styles include Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD). The Used 2019 FIAT 500e comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive. The Used 2019 FIAT 500e comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 FIAT 500e?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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