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Fiat 500

Fiat 500 side view

Pros and cons

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Modern execution of classic Italian design
  • Limited cabin space
  • Short wheelbase may result in rough ride
  • Standard 1.4L engine lacks power
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4
  • Doors3
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption6.4 - 8.5 L/100km
  • Highway consumption4.9 - 7.1 L/100km
  • Width1627 mm
  • Length3546 - 3668 mm
  • Trunk space268 - 269 L
  • Cargo space759 - 770 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Fiat 500 2012 - present is available in 6 trims:

Sport Turbo trim features and specs

Available with the Sport Turbo trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Sport Turbo trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Sport Turbo trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

T Sport trim features and specs

Available with the T Sport trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the T Sport trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the T Sport trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Sport trim features and specs

Available with the Sport trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Sport trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Abarth trim features and specs

Available with the Abarth trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Abarth trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Abarth trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Abarth trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Lounge trim features and specs

Available with the Lounge trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Lounge trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Lounge trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Lounge trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Pop trim features and specs

Available with the Pop trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Pop trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Pop trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Pop trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
  • WiFi (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio

Overview

Learn about the Fiat 500

Summary

With its retro-inspired design, the Fiat 500 brings Italian flair to Canadian drivers. Practicality is another perk—the car's low running costs are likely to go down well with buyers. The Fiat 500 also comes with an impressive selection of advanced safety features, making it sensible as well as stylish.

Available in hatchback and convertible body styles, the Fiat 500 can be customized to suit your needs. Nimble handling allows drivers to confidently navigate city streets, and the 500's compact build makes parking easy. Affordable and fuel-efficient, the Fiat 500 is a strong choice for long-term value.

Safety

The Fiat 500 subcompact offers consumers an abundance of safety features standard in every model. The vehicle can safely manoeuvre thanks to its superior traction from Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which detects and reduces the loss of traction. Seven airbags located throughout the car protect you and your passengers in the event of a collision. 2018 models of the Fiat 500 have the following features available:

  • Four-wheel anti-locking brake system (ABS) to prevent potential accidents
  • Rear Park Assist, which detects objects behind your vehicle
  • ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera, which displays a wide-angle view of the area behind your car

Interior

Newer Fiat 500 models come in three trims for you to choose from: Pop, Lounge and Abarth. Older versions of the subcompact are available in Sport and Turbo trims. Personalizing your Fiat 500 can go even further by mixing and matching features across trims. However, it’s worth noting that some drivers find the 500’s interior detailing a little underwhelming.

Technology

In terms of tech, the Fiat 500 received some notable upgrades over the last few years. Recent models as of 2018 include an easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth connectivity, integrated voice command, premium Beats by Dre audio system along with a 5-inch touchscreen. However, some find that the entertainment systems in earlier Fiat 500s are difficult to operate and don’t integrate well with smartphones.

Earlier models like the 2012 come standard with heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system and a CD player with auxiliary jack, so you can connect your own device. 

Space

As a subcompact, the Fiat 500’s small size allows it to navigate tight spaces with ease. Recent hatchback models boast up to 9.5 cubic feet of cargo room, while folding rear seats expand this area to up to 30.1 cubic feet. Each trim and body style offers its own distinct advantages, so we recommend test-driving different versions to decide what’s best for you. 

Comfort

Able to seat up to four people, the Fiat 500 possesses ample space in the front. However, some drivers believe that the vehicle’s rear seat can feel a little cramped, even for children. Enjoy standard cloth upholstery with the base Pop trim and luxurious leather detailing with high-end models. Newer Fiat 500s from 2018 are additionally outfitted with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 135 HP, which is significantly more powerful than previous Fiat 500 cars.

Frequently asked questions

The Fiat 500 sticks to a five-speed manual transmission as standard, while the six-speed automatic is optional across its different engine choices.

The “Sport” trim Fiat 500 offered air conditioning until it was added to the standard kit in 2018. The “Lounge” trim has automatic climate control.

While the classic Fiat 500 of the 1950s through to 1970s was a rear-wheel drive, its modern counterpart is strictly front-wheel drive.

Before 2018 the Fiat 500 averaged 33.6 mpg (7 L/100 km) for city and highway combined fuel efficiency. Afterwards, a standard turbocharged engine moved this closer to 29.4 mpg (8 L/100 km).

The MultiAir engine inside the Fiat 500 is manufactured in Termoli, Italy and at the Dundee Engine Plant in Dundee, Michigan.