Buyer's Guide

2019 FIAT 500
Select a Different Model (9 Available): 500e Hatchback
Fair Market Price $ 36881
MPG (EPA) 121 CTY /103 HWY
Horsepower 111
Torque 147
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2019 Fiat 500 MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Nimble size perfect for urban jaunts
  • Turbo power is now standard
  • Impressive acceleration and handling

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seats, especially in 500e guise
  • Limited cargo space
  • Modern tech is missing

New for 2019

The Fiat 500 was substantially refreshed in 2018 with a new, standard turbocharged engine and stouter brakes and suspension. It carries over into 2019 virtually unchanged.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The Fiat 500 is a two-door subcompact, offered in both hardtop and cabrio models, slotting below the larger 500X and L models in Fiat's lineup.

2019 500 Pop: The base Pop comes standard with 16-inch semi-gloss alloy wheels, heated and power side mirrors, a 5.0-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker Alpine audio system and Bluetooth, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, foglights, adjustable front cloth seats, spoiler (hatchback model), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera (cabrio model also gets rear sensors), and a black cabrio top (cabrio model only).

2019 Fiat 500 Lounge: The Lounge model adds 16-inch Tech Silver wheels, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, chrome mirror caps, automatic climate control, SiriusXM satellite radio, a fixed glass roof (for hatchback model), and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

2019 Fiat 500 Abarth: The higher-performance and top Abarth model comes equipped with a more powerful 1.4-liter turbo-four, 16-inch Hyper Black alloy wheels, a higher-performance braking system with red brake calipers, dual chrome exhaust tips, performance-tuned suspension for the hatchback model and high-performance tuned suspension for the cabrio, a black performance top (cabrio model), a spoiler, a three-mode electronic stability control system, performance high-back cloth seats with seat-belt pass-through, a turbo boost gauge, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, and flat-bottom Abarth steering wheel.

2019 Fiat 500e: The 500e is powered by an all-electric powertrain and comes standard with 15-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, a 5.0-inch infotainment screen with a navigation system and SiriusXM satellite radio, rear parking sensors, an audible pedestrian warning system, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Pop and Lounge's new standard engine is 1.4-liter turbo-four that produces 135 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and is backed by a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The Abarth's 1.4-liter turbo-four makes 160 hp and 170 lb-ft with the five-speed manual and 157 hp and 183 lb-ft with the six-speed automatic. All 500 models are front-wheel drive. All manual models are rated at 28/33 mpg city/highway; automatics score 24/32.

The 500e is motivated by an electric motor producing 111 hp and 147 lb-ft, driving the front wheels through a single-speed transmission. The EPA rates the 500e at 121 mpg-e in the city, and 103 mpg-e on the highway.

Safety

The 2018 Fiat 500 received a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the 2018 Fiat 500 received the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front driver side crash test and the highest rating of Good in all other crash tests. The 500 does not offer an automatic emergency braking or a collision warning system. A rearview camera and tire pressure monitoring system are standard on all trims. Rear parking sensors are standard on the Pop cabrio model and up.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Fiat 500 hatchback offers up to 9.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, 7.0 cubes in 500e models, and Cabrio versions offer 5.4. Front-seat passengers receive up to 40.7 inches of legroom, and rear-seat passengers have a scant 31.7 inches, dropping down to 27.6 inches in the 500e.

Technology

The 2019 Fiat 500's standard multimedia system features a 5.0-inch touchscreen with a six-speaker Alpine audio system and Bluetooth. A navigation system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a Beats Audio system are optional. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity are not offered.

What We Think

Cheeky and cute, the Fiat 500 remains a viable choice for those who don't need a lot of car but still love a healthy dash of personality. In our First Drive of the 2019 model, we described it as being "a four-wheeled Vespa scooter, a fashion item." Weighing in at only 2,500 pounds, the 500 "is a hoot to hoon around," even in base form, thanks to the standard turbo engine.

The 500e continues this fun-loving spirit in electric form. In our Quick Drive back in 2013, we noted that its handling is "probably more enjoyable than it needed to be."

Why reference a review dating back to 2013? Because despite a solid update for 2018, the Fiat 500 is still very much the same car it was when it came to the U.S. in 2012. Although it's more fun to drive than ever, the Fiat is falling behind when it comes to modern technology. Given the lack of active safety systems and smartphone compatibility, we noted in the 2019 First Drive that "a fresh round of freshening is clearly called for."

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2019 FIAT 500 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Motor, Single Electric
Transmission Name
Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic
Trim
500e Hatchback
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
111
Standard MPG
121/103
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Electricity
Seating Capacity
4/4
Package Invoice Retail

MOPAR All Weather Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; MOPAR Slush Mats Front and Rear
$205 $225

Esport Package

INCLUDES: Body Side Molding; Mirror, Toned Driver; Mirror, Toned Passenger; Wheels, 15" Alloy NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [XTE] Black/Steam Interior Accents
$450 $495

Motor, Single Electric

Std Std

Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic

Std Std

Exterior Color, Granito Gray

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Colosseo Gray

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Luminosa Orange

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pompei Silver

N/C N/C

Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)

$455 $500

Exterior Color, Perla White Tri-Coat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Vesuvio Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Memory Adjustment

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 5.0-Inch

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Blue&me, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Front(1)

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 9.590

Std Std

Battery Management, Remote

Std Std

Battery, 24.0 Kwh Lithium Ion

Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Charging Information: Fastest Charge: 240V / 4.00 hours ; Domestic Supply: 120V / 24.00 hours

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Stability Control, Steering, Traction Control

Std Std

Electric Driven Wheels

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Plug-In

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Body Side Molding

CONTAINED IN: [AEA] Esport Package
Pkg Pkg

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Bumpers

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Power Sunroof

INCLUDES: Sunroof, Glass Power
$723 $795

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [GWL] Power Sunroof
Grp Grp

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [AAW] MOPAR All Weather Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, None On Doors; Leather On Instrument Panel

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

MOPAR Slush Mats Front and Rear

CONTAINED IN: [AAW] MOPAR All Weather Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Steam Interior Accents

CONTAINED IN: [XTE] Black/Steam Interior Accents
Grp Grp

Steering Wheel: Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Black/Steam Interior Accents

INCLUDES: Steam Interior Accents; Steam Seat Trim Only NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [AEA] Esport Package
$359 $395

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Mirror, Toned Driver

CONTAINED IN: [AEA] Esport Package
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Toned Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [AEA] Esport Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear ParkSense Rear Park Assist Radar

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Driver Seat, 6-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory; Passenger Seat, 4-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Synthetic Leather E7WW

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Steam (White) Leatherette Seats Synthetic Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Synthetic Leather E7XX

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leatherette Seats Synthetic Leather

N/C N/C

Easy Entry

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Synthetic Leather

Std Std

Seating, 4

Std Std

Steam Seat Trim Only

CONTAINED IN: [XTE] Black/Steam Interior Accents
Grp Grp

Audio System, Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Alpine Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Alternate Suspension

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P185/55HR15 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 15" Alloy

CONTAINED IN: [AEA] Esport Package
Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
36
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Poor
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$4000 Fiat announces Lease Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 09-30-2019
$0 0% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Fiat announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 09-30-2019
$4000 Fiat announces a Lease Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 09-30-2019
$7250 Fiat announces a Retail Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 09-30-2019
$500 Fiat announces a Bonus Cash offer for current lessees that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. 09-30-2019