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2020 Fiat 500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 13, 2019


The 2020 version is like its siblings and looks ballooned. The material quality is low and construction is flimsy, to say the least.Probably the biggest advantage of the Fiat 500 is its inexpensive price-tag. Compared to the Fiat 500 of yesteryears this one is more powerful and better. Despite having a less than average looks, the wagon offers a quality ride, at least for the ones spanning a small duration.

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Pros

Excellent ride quality

Spacious cabin and interiors

Comes in a wide variety of color options

Intuitive infotainment system

Vast cargo capacity

Inexpensive

Cons

Low mileage compared to what class rivals has to offer

Unimpressive, low-grade cabin construction

Lower reliability ratings

Inactive acceleration

Flat seats

What's New?

Powerful infotainment systemredesigned interiorsreal stitching on the dashseats 5-Star Safety Scorecard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16495

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

135 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

150 lbs.-ft @ 2400 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

55.4/55

dimensions

wheelbase

90.6 in.

length

139.6 in.

width

64.1 in.

height

59.8 in.

curb weight

2505 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

75.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

30.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/30/33 mpg

highway range

346.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

 2020 Fiat 500 in Brilliant Red Metallic color  2020 Fiat 500 in Laser Blue Metallic color  2020 Fiat 500 in Oliva Green Pearl color  2020 Fiat 500 in Perla White Tri Coat color  2020 Fiat 500 in Pompei Silver color
Brilliant Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Exterior

7.0

5.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Fiat 500 Pop

Pop

power
135 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$16,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $16,495 MSRP (28/30/33) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4

 2020 Fiat 500 Retro

Retro

power
135 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$19,745


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Retro 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $19,745 MSRP (28/30/33) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4

 2020 Fiat 500 Lounge

Lounge

power
135 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$19,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $19,995 MSRP (28/30/33) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
5-speed manual front wheel drive 4

Expert Review

5.5

Overall Rating


This retro renegade of a car gets stiff competition from modern designs that don't play on nostalgia and cute looks but on features and specs. The competition offers more power, better features and better fuel economy and whilst purchasing a car these features matter the most. The 2020 Fiat 500 falls flat on these parameters and the Abarth variant is the only one that comes close to rivaling its competitors like the Ford Focus, Mini Cooper and the Honda Civic hatchback (LX)

​​2020 Fiat 500 Front View
​​2020 Fiat 500 Front View
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​​2020 Fiat 500 Rear View

5.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Fiat 500 Features

5.0/10

There are a total of 3 trims available to choose from for the 2020 Fiat 500. The base trim is labeled the Pop. Next in line is the Trekking trim and the Lounge is the top of the line trim. Pricing options for the Pop trim start from $20,995, whereas Trekking trim comes with an opening bid of $22,995. Lounge trim is set with an initial price-tag of $23,695.

Trim Pop Trekking Lounge
MSRP $20,995 $22,995 $23,695
Key Features Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls Auto-Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off Air conditioning with micron filter and Automatic
  Power windows, front 1-touch down; power locks Front Fog Lamps Temperature Control (ATC)
  Premium cloth bucket seats with passenger armrest Radio: Uconnect 4 Nav w/7" Display Alpine premium audio system
  Rear cargo shelf panel SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control Auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone
  Rear spoiler (manual) 7 Beats Audio Speakers Bodyside moldings with 500 logo
  Rearview mirror with microphone Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity Bright belt molding
  Retractable 3-position soft top (Cabrio) Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry Chrome power, heated mirrors
  Uconnect 5.0 multimedia center with a 5-inch touchscreen   Chrome shift knob
  Radio featuring integrated voice command and Bluetooth streaming audio   Fog lamps
      Heated front seats
      Leather-faced seats
      Overhead passenger-assist handle
      SiriusXM satellite radio including

The base pop trim will get you cloth upholstery, bucket seats, and a 5-inch infotainment screen with radio and Bluetooth. Moving up the ladder, the trekking trim will get you auto on-off projector headlamps, fog lamps, 7 Beats Audio speakers and keyless entry. If you decide to splash out the cash and get the Lounge trim, you'll be treated with Auto climate control, heated front seats, Sirius XM satellite radio and a whole bunch of other exclusive features.  

We Recommend

We suggest you get the Trekking trim as it offers the most value for money. For an additional expense of $2k, you get a number of great features that include front fog lamps and a 7-speaker audio system.

2020 Fiat 500 Engine and Performance

5.0/10

Under the hood, the 500 gets an equally tiny turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It provides a certain amount of personality that helps the 500 feel eager and spritely around town, but the reality is that the 500 is still one of the slowest cars in the segment. Fuel economy is disappointing as well.'- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

An intercooled turbo 1.4L provides power and torque to the 2020 Fiat 500. This turbocharged engine produces 160 horses and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper and Honda Civic Hatchback come with 1.5L engines under the hood. Ford Focus SE Hatchback, on the other hand, features a 2.0L engine. In the pack, the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper has the least power at just 134 hp while Honda Civic Hatchback has the most at 174 hp.

2019 Fiat 500 hatchback engine

Models

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Mini Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

MSRP

$20,995

$19,765

$21,950

$19,700

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 1.4 L/83

2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT

TwinPower Turbo, 1.5-liter, inline 3-cylinder direct-injection

1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

160hp

160 hp

134 hp

174 hp

Torque

184 lb.-ft.

146 lb-ft

162 lb-ft

167 lb-ft

Ford Focus SE Hatchback offers the least torque of 146 lb.-ft. The 2020 Fiat 500 offers the maximum torque in the competition at 184lb.-ft.  The Fiat 500 and Ford Focus SE  features a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox while the Mini Cooper and the Civic Hatchback relies on a 6-speed manual transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Acceleration

2020 Fiat 500 is one of the slowest accelerating cars in the segment. This car takes 8 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill. The Hardtop 4 Door Cooper takes 7.7 seconds to do the same while the Focus SE Hatchback reaches 0 to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds. Honda Civic Hatchback is the fastest in the pack and takes just 7.5 seconds to sprint to 60 MPH. 

2019 Fiat 500 acceleration

Models

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

7.6 sec

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

16.2 sec

16.2 sec

NA

15.5 sec

Engine

1.4L

2.0L

1.5L

1.5L

Emission

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

7.1

5.7

5.5

5.4

To finish a quarter-mile drag race, the 2020 Fiat 500 takes 16.2 seconds, the same as the Ford Focus SE Hatchback. The Honda Civic Hatchback again comes out on top with a timing of  15.5 seconds to complete the quarter-mile test.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Fiat 500 is an excellent city driver. The suspension does well to hide minor speed bumps and road imperfections, however, the bigger bumps will still make it to the cabin. On a straight road, the car remains fairly stable and composed. The steering is light and will hardly provide you with any feedback. Hence, it will need some getting used to before you can take a turn with confidence. The cabin will remain quiet in the city, but once you are on the highway, the wind noise gets significantly loud. 

Braking

The 2020 Fiat 500 comes with ventilated disc brakes with ABS on all 4 wheels. Front brake calipers measure 12 inches while the rear ones are 10.4 inches in diameter. These are the biggest calipers in the segment. The braking performance of the Fiat 500 is decent. This car slows down swiftly and in case of emergencies, it takes only 119 feet to come to a complete halt from 60 MPH. 

Model

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Brake Front (in.)

12.0

10.9

11.0

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

10.4

9.0

10.2

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,254

2,948

2,750

2,815

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

120

116

115

Talking about the competitors, the Civic hatch takes only 115 feet to do the same while the Mini takes 116 feet. 

2020 Fiat 500 Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Making its way through the city traffic, the 2020 Fiat 500 offers a mileage of 22 mpg, and on the highways, the figure goes up to 30 mpg. The combined fuel efficiency figure stands at 25 mpg. However, all other competitors have far superior fuel efficiency figures.

Model

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

MPG (city)

22

26

28

30

MPG (highway)

30

38

37

39

MPG (combined)

25

31

32

33

Ford Focus SE Hatchback offers an impressive 31 mpg and the Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper's combined fuel economy is 32 mpg. Again, it is the Honda Civic Hatchback that is the most fuel-efficient car in the segment with a combined figure of 33 mpg.

2020 Fiat 500 Interior

Seating and Comfort

Like its class rivals, the 2020 Fiat 500 can accommodate a total of 5 passengers. The front seats are reasonably spacious. The seats are well cushioned and offer ample lateral support. The top trim offers heated front seats which are a welcome addition. Moving on to the rear seats, comfort is on par with the front seats. However, tall adults will find it difficult during a road trip.

2019 Fiat 500 seating

Model

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.7/57.3/40

38.3/55.6/41.9

39.9/51.2/41.4

39.3/57.0/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/54.6/36.7

37.9/53.7/33.2

37.5/49.6/32.3

37.4/55.0/36.0

All the competitors offer similar space. If you want numbers, Civic hatch offers maximum front legroom at42.3 inches while the Fiat 500 offers maximum headroom at 40.7 inches. The rear seats of the Fiat 500 are the most spacious. 

Infotainment System

The 2020 incarnation of the Fiat 500 comes with a 7-inch infotainment screen. If you don't wish to use Uconnect via the touchscreen, you can also access it via the physical buttons. The infotainment system, however, doesn't provide support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2019 Fiat 500 infotainment display

The UI of the infotainment system is very intuitive and user-friendly. You will get used to it in no time if you are moving from a different car manufacturer. There is an optional infotainment package available that adds a bigger touch display in addition to a satellite navigation system.

Cargo Capacity

The default cargo space of the 2020 Fiat 500, behind the rear seats, is 22.4 cubic feet. This is more than the 13.1 cubic feet offered by the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper. However, the Ford Focus SE Hatchback and the Honda Civic Hatchback offer a larger cargo capacity of 23.8 and 25.7 cubic feet respectively.

Fiat 500 cargo space

Model

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

22.4

23.8

13.1

25.7

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

68.0

44.8

40.7

46.2

2020 Fiat 500 leads the pack in terms of maxed out cargo capacity with 68 cubic feet with rear seat folded. Honda Civic Hatchback comes second in this case with 46.2 cubic feet.

Interior Features

  • Cloth Upholstery
  • LATCH connectors are available
  • Sleek cabin design
  • League-leading cargo capacity
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback front seat
2020 Fiat 500 interior
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback seating
Fiat 500 seating
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback touchscreen
Fiat 500 infotainment
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback steering
Fiat 500 Dashboard
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback cargo space
Fiat 500 cargo space

2020 Fiat 500 Exterior

7.0/10

Dimension and Weight

All the cars in the contention have similar dimensions, give or take a couple of inches. 2020 Fiat 500 is a nimble hatch and that makes it a great car for the daily city commutes. However, with a height of 65.7 inches, it is the tallest car in the chosen pack. It is also the heaviest car with a dry curb weight of 3,254 lbs. 

Fiat 500 exterior

Model

Fiat 500 pop

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Curb weight (lbs.)

3,254

2,948

2,750

2,815

Length(in)

167.3

171.6

157.4

177.9

Width(in)

69.8

71.8

68.0

70.8

Height(in)

65.7

57.7

56.1

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

4.7

5.7

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

102.8

104.3

101.1

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

59.1/59.4

61.2/60.4

59.1/59.1

60.9/61.5

The exterior shell largely remains unchanged from its predecessor. The circular headlamps with the chrome mustache make a cute front fascia. The curved roofline continues all the way to the back bumper. The dual exhausts add a pinch of sportiness to this otherwise very regular looking hatch. 

Exterior Features

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satin silver door handles
  • Red or black-painted roof
  • Optional matte-black side moldings
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
2020 Fiat 500
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
2020 Fiat 500
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
2020 fiat 500 exterior
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
Fiat 500 rear view
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
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2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
Fiat 500 rear view
2020 Fiat 500 hatchback
Fiat 500 wheel

2020 Fiat 500 Safety

NHTSA crash test rating for the 2020 Fiat 500 hatch is not available at the time of writing this article. However, we will update this space once the results are out. IIHS could not carry out a thorough crash on this car. It was rated good in most of the categories. 

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts which includes Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Parkview Back-Up Camera
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Side Impact Beams

2020 Fiat 500 Competition

Fiat 500 vs Ford Focus SE Hatchback

One of the main competitors to the 2020 Fiat 500 is the Ford Focus SE Hatchback. This car is powered by a 2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine can churn out 160 hp and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. The cabin is reasonably spacious. However, the hard plastics that can be found everywhere are sure to age poorly over time. You should consider this car over the Fiat 500 is fuel economy is high on your priority list. The cargo space is also considerably larger than that of the Fiat 500. 

Fiat 500 vs Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

With a starting price of $21,950, the Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper is the most expensive ride in the competition. But there are quite a few tricks that justify this price tag. The interior is arguably the best in the competition as the quality of the materials is better than all other cars. The circular design of the Mini give is a retro vibe that sets it apart from the competition. If money is not a constraint, you should definitely consider this car over the Fiat 500 as you will get a better fuel economy and a premium interior. Moreover, this car has the sportiest handling in the pack.  

 

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

The Civic needs no introduction. It is loved by everyone all across the world. The Civic Hatch continues this legacy and makes a strong case for itself to be considered as the best car in the segment. To start with, this car has the most powerful engine in the selected lot. The interiors are not as premium as the Mini, but it is more practical. It's also the most fuel-efficient car in the lot. Thus, it's very easy for us to recommend the Civic hatch over the Fiat 500, or any other car in the segment. 

 

2020 Ford Focus SE
2020 Ford Focus SE
2020 Mini Cooper Hardtop
2020 Mini Cooper Hardtop
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback
2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Fiat 500 Final Verdict

The Fiat 500 is one of the cheapest cars available in the US car market right now. Hence, Fiat has to cut quite a few corners which are evident in the quality of materials used and the restricted cargo space. The fuel efficiency is also on the lower side when compared to its competitors. However, owing to its small stature, the 500 is one of the best cars to tackle the crawling city traffic. The quality of the seats is also on par with the competitors. Thus, the Fiat 500 is a great car for students or professionals who have just started their careers and want a car that gets them safely from point A to point B. 

FAQs

How reliable is the Fiat 500?

Historically, Fiat had to deal with its share of reliability-related issues. However, they went back to the drawing board and corrected their mistakes. Fiat is a very reliable car manufacturer now and you should not face any serious reliability-related issues with the 2020 Fiat 500.

Will I get a good resale value on this car?

Yes, you can expect a good resale value for the Fiat 500. On average, the depreciation of Fiat 500 over the next 5 years is around 40%, which is a good deal in our opinion. 

What is the cost of ownership of the Fiat 500?

The estimated cost of ownership of the 2020 Fiat 500, over the period of the next 5 years is around $33k, which is reasonable.