Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
  • Downgraded three-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Lacks autonomous emergency braking
  • All 500Cs have seven airbags as standard

Fiat 500C safety infographic

Despite originally scoring a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP (when sampled as a closely related 500 hatchback), the score was downgraded to three stars in 2017 when it was re-tested.

It’s a reflection of how much safety technology has improved over the course of the 500C’s life-cycle, highlighted by a lack of kit that simply isn’t available in the Fiat.

Seven airbags are standard features across the 500C range, as is electronic stability software and traction control to help reduce wheelspin, but that’s about it.

Fiat 500C LED rear lights

Automatic emergency braking? Not available. Lane-keeping functions? Nope. Blindspot warnings? Not a chance. Even automatic lights and wipers are optional across the range.

How many Isofix points does the Fiat 500C have?

As the 500C is a strict four-seater – there’s no middle seatbelt on the rear bench – it’s not the roomiest of cars for four adults, but a couple of Isofix-mounted child seats will just about squeeze inside, although access isn’t particularly easy.

  • Very small rear seats are cramped for adults
  • High-mounted front seats, but roomy enough
  • Small boot, with awkward access on 500C

Fiat 500C family infographic

Its diminutive dimensions confirm that the Fiat 500C is a dinky city car, that can only accommodate four adult passengers at a squeeze. In reality, most people who are at least in their teens will struggle to fit comfortably in the back.

Best reserve those benches for smaller kids, who also are less likely to be troubled by accessing the rear bench – despite the side doors opening wide, one still needs to be as flexible as a gymnast to get in the back with any degree of grace intact.

Up front there’s a decent amount of space – despite the upright seating position.

Storage for odds and ends is okay, with a glovebox and decently sized door bins. Other cubbies are too small, or oddly shaped guess what they might have been designed for.

Fiat increased the depth of the cupholders as part of the 2015 facelift, but even so they remain shallower than on other cars. Brisk cornering could still result in a lower legs and latte macchiato interface.


Fiat 500C garage infographic

 

As one of the smallest four-seater cars on sale, the Fiat 500C should be a doddle to park in tight spots.

Despite being small, there’s a large area of glass, making it easy to see out of. With the roof up, the rear window isn’t significantly smaller than that of the 500 hatchback, but lower it fully and rearward visibility is restricted.

Usefully, Lounge and S specification cars come with rear parking sensors as standard, but there’s no reversing camera or self-parking option.


The transition to the convertible body of the Fiat 500C compared with the 500 hatchback sees a 3.0-litre reduction in the size of its boot volume, capping it at a modest 182 litres when all four seats are occupied.

Officially, Fiat doesn’t quote a figure for the available luggage space when the seats are folded over, but it’s safe to assume it can cope with a similar 550-litre capacity to the hatchback.

Fiat 500C boot

All 500Cs have a folding rear seat – split 50:50 on Pop Star models and above – but access through it into the rear of the passenger cabin isn’t quite as generous as on the hatch.

Unsurprisingly, accessing the boot on the 500C isn’t as convenient as on its hatchback twin anyway. Whereas the latter has a roof-to-bumper height tailgate, the former just has a top-hinged boot lid, making it awkward to load in items through a relatively narrow slot.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Fiat 500 C.

  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

120th Anniversary equipment

120th Anniversary standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
120th Anniversary optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

60th Anniversary equipment

60th Anniversary standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
60th Anniversary optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Anniversario equipment

Anniversario standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Anniversario optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

ByDiesel equipment

ByDiesel standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
ByDiesel optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

byGucci equipment

byGucci standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
byGucci optional equipment
None available

Club Lounge equipment

Club Lounge standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Club Lounge optional equipment
  • Climate control

Club S equipment

Club S standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Club S optional equipment
  • Climate control

Collezione equipment

Collezione standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Collezione optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Collezione Fall equipment

Collezione Fall standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Collezione Fall optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Colour Therapy equipment

Colour Therapy standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Colour Therapy optional equipment
  • Heated mirrors

Cult equipment

Cult standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Cult optional equipment
None available

Denim equipment

Denim standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Denim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • CD
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Dolcevita equipment

Dolcevita standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Dolcevita optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Partial leather seat trim

GQ equipment

GQ standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
GQ optional equipment
None available

Launch Edition equipment

Launch Edition standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Launch Edition optional equipment
None available

Lounge equipment

Lounge standard equipment
  • ABS
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Lounge optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Mirror equipment

Mirror standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Mirror optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel

Mirror II equipment

Mirror II standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Mirror II optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Pink equipment

Pink standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Pink optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Pop equipment

Pop standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Pop optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

Pop Star equipment

Pop Star standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Pop Star optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Riva equipment

Riva standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Riva optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Rock Star equipment

Rock Star standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Rock Star optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Spiaggina equipment

Spiaggina standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control
Spiaggina optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Sport optional equipment
  • Sports seats

Star equipment

Star standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
Star optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

TwinAir equipment

TwinAir standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
TwinAir optional equipment
None available