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Fiat 500 Electric review

2020 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 53.8
” Familiar looks for cute all-electric Fiat city car “

At a glance

Price new £28,195 - £34,195
Used prices £8,104 - £17,100
Road tax cost £0
Insurance group 15 - 18
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Fuel economy 4.3 - 4.8 miles/kWh
Range 118 - 199 miles
Miles per pound 6.8 - 14.1
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Available fuel types

Fully electric

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Stylish inside and out
  • Quick and fun to drive
  • Long range for a small car
CONS
  • Quite expensive these days
  • Entry-level model's short range
  • Not particularly practical

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones Published: 15 February 2022 Updated: 10 June 2024

Overview

Though it’s undergone many revisions, trim additions and styling tweaks, the basic shape of the Fiat 500 has remained pretty much the same since it was rebooted in retro-modern form way back in 2007. However, the new 500 is based on a totally fresh set of electric car underpinnings.

Combustion engines are not even an option, and built in a new factory in Turin – leaving the existing 500 factory free to manufacture petrol-powered models. It’s a brilliant thing – so much so that Best Small Electric Car for 2023 in the Parkers New Car Awards is well deserved.

The interior’s right on the money, too. It’s modern, in contrast to the retro charm of the old model, and feels better built, too. Top-end models get digital dials combined with a widescreen infotainment display, while throughout the cabin buttons and switches have been minimised in a bid to make it as clean-looking as possible. 

For those who like the wind in their hair – and there are plenty of them – it’s great to know that Fiat has continued to offer a 500C convertible for this new electric generation. The first four-seater electric soft-top on the market, we’ve covered it in its own separate review. As well as that we’re running a used example, and that’s covered in its own long-term test.

Regardless of whether you choose a hard roof or a soft top, the 500’s available in several trim levels, all of which come with plenty of kit including a fully digital dashboard and air-conditioning. Lower-specification cars come with a bracket so your smartphone can perform double duty as an infotainment screen – not a bad idea, considering the size and quality of a modern smartphone screen.

But it’s not the bargain it once was, with prices now starting from £28,195 for the cheapest model, or £31,195 for the longer range model. At that price, a lot of larger EVs are available for less, not least the Vauxhall Corsa Electric and new Mini Cooper E. To see if the 500 can beat those rivals and more, keep reading our detailed review over the next few pages.