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Fiat 500 Electric Review

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"Retro Fiat 500 goes electric"
  • Launched: 2021
  • City car
  • EV

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Stylish electric city car rivals the Honda E and MINI Electric
  • Capable of up to 199 miles on a charge
  • Easy and fun to drive around town

Cons

  • Most desirable models are expensive
  • Entry-level models can only cover 118 miles between charges
  • Not great on the motorway

Overall verdict on the Fiat 500 Electric

"The Fiat 500 Electric is an urban EV with a retro twist. It combines quirky looks with a fashionable interior, while you can even buy a soft-top model."

Fiat 500 Electric front

Set to rival the  Honda e, MINI Electric and Skoda Citigo-e iV, the Fiat 500 Electric is available with two different battery sizes – with the bigger unit providing a range of up to 199 miles on a charge.

Prices start at £20,495 for the 24kWh Fiat 500 and £23,995 for the 42kWh model, after the Government's £2500 plug-in car grant. The bigger-battery model comes equipped with an 85kW fast-charge system that can add 30 miles from just five minutes charge.

The new electric Fiat 500 is built on a completely new mechanical platform, which provides more interior space due to the car being 56mm wider and 61mm longer than the old 500. You also get some smart features, which include LED daytime running lights that are built into the bonnet of the car and electric door handles that sit completely flush with the bodywork.

The new Fiat 500 Electric  is available in three trim levels - Action, Passion and Icon. Top-spec models get a fancy 10-inch touchscreen navigation system and a button-free ‘pebble’ keyfob that automatically unlocks the doors you are close to the car, locking them again when you tap the door handle. The seats are also made from recycled materials.

Fiat also offers the 500 in a limited edition La Prima trim - which translates to ‘The First’. This has every conceivable luxury you can think of, with electric leather seats, panoramic sunroof roof, wireless mobile charge pad, LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a comprehensive array of useful tech, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning and a rear parking camera with a 360-degree view. Prices for the 500 La Prima start at a bank account draining £27,495. 

Fiat 500 Electric First Drive 2021

Comfort and design: Fiat 500 Electric interior

"The electric Fiat 500 feels much more spacious than the standard car. That's because the space between the front and rear wheels has been extended, while the underfloor positioning of the battery pack provides an elevated seating position."

Fiat 500 Electric interior

The Fiat 500 is available in three trim levels - Action, Passion and Icon. Top-spec models get a fancy 10-inch touchscreen navigation system and a button-free ‘pebble’ keyfob that automatically unlocks the doors you are close to the car, locking them again when you tap the door handle.


Fiat also offers the 500 in a limited editor La Prima trim - which translates to ‘The First’. This has every conceivable luxury you can think of, with electric leather seats, panoramic sunroof roof, wireless mobile charge pad, LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a comprehensive array of useful tech, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning and a rear parking camera with a 360-degree view.

Handling and ride quality: What is the Fiat 500 Electric like to drive?

"The Fiat 500 Electric is at its best in the city. The more powerful model will dart to 31mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds, but power soon starts to tail off at higher speeds."

Fiat 500 Electric front dynamic

The light steering is excellent for negotiating city streets, but it's not as fun to drive as the Honda E or MINI Electric. You get three driving modes - Normal, Range and Sherpa - which makes it easy to manage the battery charge and energy usage

Charging times: How much does it cost to charge the Fiat 500 Electric?

"The 2021 Fiat 500 electric gets a choice of two battery packs – 24kWh or 42kWh – which will give you a range of up to 118 or 199-miles."

Fiat 500 Electric charging

The 42kWh version comes equipped with an 85kW fast-charge system that can add 30 miles from just five minutes charge. Fiat also says you can fast charge the battery to 80% in just 30 minutes.

How much should you be paying for a used Fiat 500 Electric?

"Prices for a new Fiat 500 Electric start from £20,495. Demand is high but there are savings available on the used market – we've seen pre-registered models available for less than £20,000."

Fiat 500 Electric side

The more desirable 42kWh model starts from £23,995 but, again, high demand means you won't save a great deal on the used market.

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

How much is the Fiat 500 Electric?

Prices for the Fiat 500 Electric start at £20,495 for 24kWh Action version and £23,995 for the 42kWh model in Passion trim. These prices are after the Plug-in Car Grant deduction of £2500.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

How many miles does the Fiat 500 Electric get on a full charge?

The Fiat 500 Electric can cover up to 199 miles when fitted with the 42kWh battery. The most affordable versions of the Fiat 500 Electric fitted with the 24kWh battery will cover up to 118 miles.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

How long does the Fiat 500 Electric battery last?

The battery in the Fiat 500 Electric is under warranty for eight years or 62,000 miles (whichever comes first).

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

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