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New price £22,995 - £29,995
Lease from new From £341 p/m View lease deals
Used price £17,900 - £25,085
Used monthly cost From £447 per month
Fuel Economy 4.3 - 4.4 miles/kWh
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PROS

  • Lots of models on offer
  • Starting price of less than £20k
  • Great looks, cool interior

CONS

  • If you want it well-equipped it'll be pricy
  • Entry-level version trades range for cost
  • You'll have to wait until March 2021

Fiat 500 Electric Hatchback rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

The new 500 Electric is set to go on sale in the UK in 2021 and joins a rapidly growing line-up of EV city cars vying for your attention. It has a 'real-world' range of up to 199 miles (WLTP), fast charging capability and an impressive suite of driver-assistance technology.

With a entry price of £19,995 including government Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), it's certainly going to attract lots of attention. As well as the long-established and Parkers award-winning Renault Zoe, it faces other newcomers including the MINI Electric, super-cute Honda e and the impressive Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e cousins. A year ago, it would have just just been up against the Renault Zoe and Smart EQ Forfour.

The third-generation 500 is described as an all-new car, even though it looks very similar to the existing car. Why mess with a winning formula?

Old styling, completely new metal

Although it looks the same, the new 500 receives new flush headlights and a tidied-up front end. It's larger than the old model too, measuring in at 6cm wider and 6cm longer than before. There's also 2cm more between the front and rear wheels, and Fiat claims that the new 500 Electric is a lot roomier inside than before.

Inside, the 500 Electric is packed with updated technology. It now comes with the option of intelligent adaptive cruise control, which combines automatic lane-keeping and a pre-defined distance between you and the car ahead. You also get Autonomous Emergency Braking and 360-degree parking cameras. The 10.25in infotainment system gives you Apple Carplay and Android Auto as well.

What about range and charging?

Fiat 500 Electric (2020) interior view

Fiat has ensured that those with range anxiety won’t have anything to moan about with the new 500 Electric. It comes with a large 42kWh battery for a 200-mile range in official WLTP testing, and it’s quick to top up thanks to a built-in 85kW fast charger.

Fiat says that if you plug it into a public fast charger, it’ll take just five minutes to add 30 miles of range, and to take it from (near-) empty to 80% takes 35 minutes. It should work on all public chargers thanks to being compatible with AC and DC set-ups.

It will certainly feel nippy around town. Maximum power is 118hp (87kW), and that makes it one of the quicker-accelerating 500s you can buy. The 0-62mph time is 9.0 seconds, and 0-30mph takes a hot hatch-like 3.1 seconds. Maximum speed is limited to 87mph.

What about home charging?

Most electric car buyers do the majority of their charging at home, and Fiat has this covered. If you buy the launch edition of the Fiat 500 Electric, you get a free wallbox thrown in – and it has a ‘plug and charge’ set-up that can be controlled via your smartphone. The advantage of Fiat’s homecharger is that you don’t need to have it professionally installed – it comes with 3kW out of the box.

For those with decent wiring at home, the wallbox can be upgraded to 7.4kW, allowing you to fully charge the 500 Electric in a little over six hours from empty. The 500 Electric also comes with a cable for charging at up to 11kW from a public charge point.

What the model range looks like

Fiat 500 Electric (2020) interior view from the side

The new Fiat 500 range comes in four versions: Action, Passion, Icon and La Prima. The entry-level Fiat 500 Action comes with a 23.8kW battery that gives it a Honda e-rivalling 115-mile range. Performance from its 95hp motor claims to be 9.5 seconds for the 0-62mph dash and a maximum speed of 84mph. There's no infotainment, just a smartphone cradle, which is probably all most buyers want really.

The Fiat 500 Passion gets the larger 42kWh battery, so it can manage 199 miles on a full charge. It's fast charger compatible (unlike the Action) and will take a 0-80% charge in 35 minutes. It's a little bit quicker, with 118hp and a 0-62mph time of 9.0 seconds.

The Fiat 500 Icon is similarly powered but you also get 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in satellite navigation.

Top-spec La Prima versions gain larger 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, leather interior, chrome trim for the doors and dashboard, and an adaptive cruise control system that incorporates lane-keeping assist. It’s available as a hatchback and a convertible.

Order books open in December 2020 with deliveries in March 2021.

Read on to see if the new all-electric Fiat 500 is worth waiting for.

Fiat 500 Electric (2020) rear view

Fiat 500 Electric Hatchback rivals