2017 Fiat 500

#38
in Midsize convertibles
2017 MODEL
$16,490 - $19,990 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

Fiat 500 is a compact convertible with a retro styling. It's a city car which got significantly updated in the year 2015. The new and improved 500 gets more personalized options and excellent fuel efficiency. 2017 Fiat 500 has 3 trims that start from POP trim for $16,490, then you have the Lounge trim that starts from $19,990 and the top Abarth trim that retails for $21,490.

Fiat 500 exudes style and profile from the exterior. Don't be fooled by its appearance as it's very spacious on the inside and 2 good powerful engines for this hatchback make this car always a thrill to drive.


6.3/10
Features

 

6.7/10
Engine

 

7.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.6/10
Interior

 

7.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Fiat 500 C comes with a 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that makes 101 hp at 6500rpm and 98 lb-ft of torque. The new Abarth 500C however, puts out an impressive 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque making it a force to be reckoned with among more powerful rivals.

2017 Fiat 500 Features

6.3/10

The 2017 500 C comes in three distinct trims; namely the CPop, CLounge and the wild C Abarth. The line-up starts off with the CPop being priced at $16,490, the CLounge at $19,990 and the range-topping CAbarth at $21,490. Here is a detailed list of options and features available in each of these trims:

Trims

C Pop

C Lounge

C Abarth

MSRP

$16,490

$19,990

$21,490

Features

  • 15-inch alloy wheels

  • Keyless locking/unlocking

  • Cloth upholstery

  • A height-adjustable driver seat

  • 7-inch color driver

  • 50/50-split folding rear

  • Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment interface with a 5-inch touchscreen

  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

  • Six-speaker Alpine audio system.

  • Rear parking sensors

  • A windscreen that fits between the rear seats

  • All of C Pop, plus chrome exterior trim

  • Foglights

  • Fixed glass roof

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

  • Automatic climate control

  • Heated front seats

  • All of C Lounge, plus

  • 16-inch wheels

  • a rear spoiler

  • sportier suspension tuning

  • Upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers

  • a performance exhaust system

  • distinctive exterior and interior styling

  • premium cloth upholstery

  • leather-wrapped shift knob

  •  Sport steering wheel

C Pop trim is offered with 15-inch alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, and 7-inch color driver information display and Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment interface with a 5-inch touchscreen, The  Pop convertible also comes with rear parking sensors and a windscreen that fits between the rear seats.

C Abarth  includes the fog lights and parking sensors from the Lounge and adds a turbocharged engine, 16-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, sportier suspension tuning, upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers, a performance exhaust system, distinctive exterior and interior styling tweaks, premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a sport steering wheel and front floor mats.

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Considering the performance and wow factor of its more expensive rivals, it is advisable to stretch your budget a little and go for the C Abarth as it is a feisty little thing that can hang around with the best hot hatches in the business. The turbocharged 1.4 liter makes up for the lack of power in the CPop and more importantly, it's capable of giving you the rush you desperately need on your daily commute.

2017 Fiat 500 Engine

6.7/10

"The subcompact 2017 Fiat 500 is a pretty lightweight affair, which explains why its 101- horsepower engine actually does a pretty good job of moving this little Italian tomato on wheels. Acceleration and passing power are not going to win over many enthusiasts, but in city driving, the 500 coupe and cabrio zip about quite nicely."- KelleyBlueBook

Engine and Transmission

The base CPop and CLounge models come with the 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder motor that makes 101 hp at 6500rpm and 98lb-ft of torque at 2500rpm. When we compare the CPop to the rest for the competition, it sure is normal to feel that the 500C is underpowered.

Models

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

MSRP

$16,490

$24,995

$24,915

$25,950

Engine

1.4L 4 cyl

1.8L Turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve I4

1.5L 12V Twin Power Turbo

Transmission

5-Speed Manual

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

101 hp

170 hp

155 hp

134 hp

Torque

98 lb-ft

184 lb-ft

148 lb-ft

162 lb-ft

Among its rivals, the VW makes the most power and torque with the MX-5 coming in second with its sports-car DNA and the Mini in third place. Before you start complaining about the Fiat's lackluster performance, keep in mind that the Italians have a very nice trick up their sleeve. The glorious CAbarth!

Fiat would've disgraced Abarth and their years of racing heritage if the 500 C Abarth was only about wild vinyl and body kits. Thankfully, the Abarth uses a turbocharged 1.4 Liter engine that makes a healthy 160hp. It also makes a whopping 184 lb-ft of torque making it on par with the Beetle in terms of performance.

Acceleration

The case here is the same here as the CPop takes its own sweet time on the quarter mile and 0-60 run. 17.7 seconds on the quarter mile and 10.5 seconds to sixty. The MX-5 is the leader here as it completes the 0-60 MPH run in just 5.6 seconds with the Beetle and Mini finishing after.

Models

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

0-60 MPH

10.5

6.4 sec

5.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter mile

17.7

15.7 sec

14.5 sec

N/A

Engine

1.4L

2.0L

2.0L

1.5L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

NA

6.6

6.0

5.5

Spend a little more for the Abarth though, and it'll take you to 60 MPH from a standstill in just 6.5 seconds with the quarter mile being devoured in 15.4 seconds. 

Handling and Steering

It is no surprise that Fiat made the 500C a nimble and fun car to drive as it only weighs 2424 lbs. Moreover, the ride is reminiscent to that of a comfy go-kart and never fails to put a smile on your face.

In the normal driving mode, the steering feels light and somewhat dull but let's not forget that if you click it into sport mode which is a tiny button near the center console, it makes the steering more communicative and weighted enough to enjoy the drive. Steering isn't the best one in the business but it is less complex and responds far better than its rivals.

Braking

A weird reality of driving the Fiat 500 C is that the tires feel less grippy on the limit when you're on corners. That doesn't mean that it's unsafe in any way but it only adds up to the fun quotient of this quirky thing. Now that is also one of the reasons why this supermini needs strong brakes to invoke driver confidence at all times.

Model

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

Brake Front(in)

10.1

11.3

11.0

11.0

Brake Rear(in)

9.4

10.7

11.0

10.2

Curb weight(lbs)

2424

3225

2332

2855

60-0 MPH (ft.)

107

118

109

134

Fiat has taken care of the brakes department very well and it is quite apparent in its 60-0MPH readings. It comes to a standstill from 60mph in just 107 ft. which means that the 500C is the leader in this department with the closest rival being the Mazda MX-5.

2017 Fiat 500 Fuel Economy

7.4/10

Prepare to be surprised by the little 500 C's performance in the fuel economy department. It offers a combined 31 miles to the gallon which means that it only finishes second to the Mini's 32 MPG.

Model

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

MPG (city)

34

24

26

28

MPG (highway)

38

31

33

37

MPG (combined)

31

27

29

32

In the city, the Fiat gives 34 MPG and on the highway, it gives a very efficient 38 MPG. Furthermore, this proves that the 500 is still one of the easiest cars out there to maintain when used as a daily driver. 

2017 Fiat 500 Interior

5.6/10

"Fiat’s subcompact 500 for 2017 is roomier up front than you might expect, and just as tight in back as it looks. The interior style lives up to the promise of the quirky but fashionable exterior, and we found the materials, build quality and seat comfort impressive for a car with a starting price around $17,000."-KelleyBlueBook

Seating and comfort

Comfort was never really a strong point of the Fiat 500 but the 500C only makes it worse than it already is. There is enough headroom and legroom in the front but that's not where the problem lies; it is in fact in the rear. Forget about moderately sized adults, even children may find it cramped in the back seat.

The headroom in the rear has been significantly reduced due to the car's receding roofline and the dreadful folding roof also ruins the rear visibility for the driver. Now, for the average convertible buying crowd, the space in the rear may not be a huge issue but even in comparison to its rivals, the 500 C desperately needs some space inside the car.

Model

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.6/49.4/40.7

39.3/55.3/41.3

37.4/52.2/43.1

39.8/51.0/41.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.8/46.4/31.7

37.6/43.1/31.4

N/A

39.0/39.7/30.9

Infotainment

The upgraded UConnect 5-inch infotainment system is miles better than the previous one in terms of response and convenience. In fact, the system has gotten so good that most of the major car audio/video controls can be controlled via the infotainment screen thus eliminating manual buttons crowding around in the center console.

It also possesses a 7-inch driver information cluster display to keep the driver informed about everything going on inside and outside the car. The Alpine premium audio system is probably the best among its rivals and is used in most Fiat/Chrysler cars. Also, the CLounge and CAbarth models come with Beats speakers and are optional on the CPop.

There is also a keyless entry system that detects the presence of a key via the UConnect system. The usual mobile connectivity features have also been taken care of since it has two USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.

Interior features

  • Beats/Alpine sound system
  • 5-inch Infotainment screen
  • 7-inch information cluster
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cargo

The 500C is not the most practical of cars in the market or even in its own segment but it does offer more boot space than the Mazda MX5. Since this car only has a folding roof within the structure of the standard coupe, it doesn't really affect the boot space if you want to get the top down.

Model

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volume (cube ft)

5.4

7.1

4.6

5.7

2017 Fiat 500 Exterior

7.3/10

"The 500 can seat four people – in theory. While there is ample space in the front (if taller folks avoid models with a sunroof), those in the back will face tight head- and legroom. Rear visibility suffers in Cabrio models when the top is down and stacked in the back, though the newly standard rearview camera helps offset this, and all Cabrio models come standard with rear parking sensors." Cars.USnews

Dimensions and Weight

You don't need a measuring tape to know that the 500C is probably the tiniest production car in the business and that the styling pays homage to the original Fiat 500. The combination of these two factors mean that the 500C is an adorable and interesting car that even tough, grease loving petrol heads wouldn't mind driving.

It weighs in at 2424 lbs. making and has an overall length of 139.6 inches with a width of 64.1 inches. It stands at 4.6 inches off the ground providing a satisfactory center of gravity. It also has a wheelbase of 90.6 inches and a total height of 59.8 inches.

Model

Fiat500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

curb weight(lbs)

2424

3225

2332

2855

Length(in)

139.6

168.7

154.1

151.9

Width(in)

64.1

71.2

68.3

68.0

Height(in)

59.8

58.7

48.6

55.7

Ground clearance(in)

4.60

5.9

4.9

4.5

Wheelbase(in)

90.6

100.0

90.9

98.2

Track width(in) F/R

55.4/55

62.1/61.2

58.9/59.2

59.1/59.1

Exterior features

Some of the prominent exterior features include:

  • Heated mirrors
  • 15/16/17 inch wheel options
  • Rearview sensor
  • Folding cloth top
  • Chrome grille

2017 Fiat 500 Safety

The Italians may have sacrificed a lot in the space department but the same cannot be said about the safety features offered in the 500C. For a car of its type, it has everything to ensure the safety and protection of both the driver and the passengers. It comes standard with Antilock Brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). 

Fiat 500C hasn't been rated by NHSTA and IIHS, yet.

Safety Features offered:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Traction Control
  • Remote central locking
  • Darkened rear privacy glass
  • ABS
  • EBD

 

2017 Fiat 500 Competition

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs Fiat 500 Convertible

Just like the Fiat 500, the VW Beetle is also one of those cars that started a revolution for mass production cars in the 20th century and just like the Fiat, it is still in production and is a crowd favorite. The convertible has a few tricks up its sleeve including more power, more iconic looks and better comfort.

The Beetle Convertible starts off at a reasonable $25,000 and comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder also seen in the European spec Polo GTIs and Golfs so no doubt that it is a phenomenal engine. It puts out 175 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque which means the Bug is faster than the Topolino. If those weren't enough to scare the Fiat, the VW has better ergonomics and space.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport vs Fiat 500 Convertible

In the 80's, the Japs were on a roll in the American market with sports cars like the RX-7, Skyline GT-R and the NSX selling like hotcakes but they were all meant for the premium buyer who wasn't scared to spend a few dollars for their almost illegal performance.

This is when and why Mazda introduced the MX-5 or Miata as it is called in Japan. It may be tiny but it sure packs a punch under the hood. The Miata's 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-pot engine pushes out a respectable 150 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. It also happens to be lighter than the 500C due to which it has a massive power-to-weight ratio.

So, better performance, lighter chassis, sexier looks and a proper sports car... and it should also be mentioned that Fiat's 124 Spider is based on the MX-5. The 500C's gonna have a tough time.

Mini Cooper Convertible vs Fiat 500 Convertible

The Mini Cooper is another big boy revived from the fun parts of the 20th century. It was built with cheap transport for the masses in mind but ended up being one of the very first hot hatches ever introduced to the public. So it's obvious that the convertible version is a strong competitor to the 500C. At $25,950, it is the most expensive car in this segment and only for the right reasons. The build quality is phenomenal and the 1.5-liter twin turbo under the hood is good. It makes 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. 

2017 Fiat 500 Final Verdict

The 500C is not your average convertible; it is a retro supermini that was built to make a statement that you certainly are not an average hatchback driver and it is certainly not another run-of-the-mill hatchback. Since it is all about pure entertainment for a typical buyer of such a car, some of its imperfections may be excused.

Overall, it is a car capable of uplifting your spirits whenever you take it out for a drive and that's not something every can promise you. For that reason, spend a little more for the hot rod Abarth and have fun thrashing it around corners on weekends and weekdays.

Pros

Cheeky retro styling

Nimble handling

Lightweight construction

Beasty Abarth model

Cheaper than rivals

Cons

Spartan ergonomics

CPop model feels underpowered

Not a proper convertible

What's New?

Upgraded UConnect Infotainment system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16490

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu. in.

horsepower

101 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

98 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

9.4 in. ventilated front disc/10.1 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

90.6 in.

length

139.6 in.

width

64.1 in.

height

59.8 in.

curb weight

2424 lbs.

ground clearance

4.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

75.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

5.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

44.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

10.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

181 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/29/33 mpg

highway range

346.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Fiat 500 in Rosso Red color  2017 Fiat 500 in Nero Puro color  2017 Fiat 500 in Latte Menta color  2017 Fiat 500 in Celeste Blu color  2017 Fiat 500 in Bianco color
Rosso Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.3

Engine

6.7

Fuel Economy

7.4

Interior

5.6

Exterior

7.3

Driving

8.6

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Fiat 500 C Pop

C Pop

power
101 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$16,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $16,490 MSRP (27/29/33) 101 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

 2017 Fiat 500 C Lounge

C Lounge

power
101 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
29 combined

$19,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C Lounge 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $19,990 MSRP (27/29/33) 101 hp @ 6500 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

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