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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 28.7 - 29.3 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 14.3 - 14.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 4.3 - 4.4 miles/kWh
  • Electric power means no road tax
  • Well-sized battery
  • Great range for price

As an electric car, the Fiat 500 promises rock-bottom running costs.

For starters, there’s the obvious – charging up on the mains is currently a lot cheaper than running a car on petrol or diesel. If you top up at a home charger using cheap overnight electricity, a full charge will cost just a few pounds.

Public charging – which the 500 can handle at rates of up to 85kW thanks to its powerful on-board electrics – will obviously cost more depending on where you opt to top up. Fiat reckons a charge from 10-80% will take around 30 minutes using one of these.

Home charge times aren’t as arduous as some larger cars thanks to the 500’s relatively compact battery. The larger, 42kWh battery will charge from a three-pin plug socket in 15 hours, 15 minutes, or four hours and 15 minutes from an 11kW wallbox. Fiat hasn’t published a charging time for the more popular 7kW wallboxes, but with a little maths and fudgery we’d estimate it to take around nine hours.

Those numbers are all for a full charge from 0% – but very few people flatten their batteries completely every night. To put it simply, charging times are unlikely to be a big problem for the Fiat 500.

As an electric car, road tax is free, and company car drivers have the potential to save thousands of pounds in Benefit-in-Kind tax compared to a petrol supermini.

Reliability

  • Difficult to make a judgement yet
  • Electric cars tend to be reliable
  • Fiat's record shames it, though

It wouldn’t be fair to make a judgement on the Fiat 500’s reliability before the model’s even on sale in the UK, but historically one would have to approach with a little bit of caution. Fiat’s reputation for reliability isn’t the best, and the old 500 was subject to a large number of recalls over its life – 14 of them in the last two years alone.

But, it’s important to give Fiat the benefit of the doubt here. The new 500 shares very few components with its predecessor, being based on a totally new platform. Electric vehicles are typically very reliable thanks to their lack of moving parts, and the new 500’s build quality does appear to be a significant improvement over the car it replaces.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) N/A
Insurance group Not available
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