2019 Fiat 500

#43
in Midsize hatchbacks
2019 MODEL
$16,245 - $19,745 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

The 2019 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?

Facelifts prior to 2019 feature a manual transmission mode

2019 Fiat 500 is introduced with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode as standard on each of the trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16245

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

135 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 2400 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

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

cargo volume

9.5 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/30/33 mpg

highway range

346.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 Fiat 500 in Pompei Silver color  2019 Fiat 500 in Perla White Tri Coat color  2019 Fiat 500 in Oliva Green Pearl color  2019 Fiat 500 in Laser Blue Metallic color  2019 Fiat 500 in Brilliant Red Metallic color
Pompei Silver

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Fiat 500 Pop

Pop

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

$16,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $16,245 MSRP (28 mpg/30/33 mpg) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

 2019 Fiat 500 Lounge

Lounge

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

$19,745


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

 2019 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 mpg/30/33 mpg) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 4 NA

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2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Hatchback
7.4/10

Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I4

MPG: 30 combined

2017 Fiat 500X
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Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I4

MPG: 28 combined

2018 Fiat 500X
7.2/10

Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I4

MPG: 28 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 28 days ago

The retro renegade gets stiff competition from modern designs that don't play on nostalgia and cute looks but rather play 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 2019 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)

2019 Fiat 500 Features

There are a total of 3 trims available to choose for the 2019 Fiat 500 . The base trim is labelled Pop, then there is Trekking trim and Lounge is the high-end 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

Power windows, front 1-touch down; power locks

Premium cloth bucket seats with passenger armrest

Rear cargo shelf panel

Rear spoiler (manual)

Rearview mirror with microphone

Retractable 3-position soft top (Cabrio)

Uconnect 5.0 multimedia centre with 5-inch touchscreen

radio featuring integrated voice command and Bluetooth streaming audio

Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off

Front Fog Lamps

Radio: Uconnect 4 Nav w/7" Display

SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and External Memory Control

7 BeatsAudio Speakers

Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry

Air conditioning with micron filter and Automatic

Temperature Control (ATC)

Alpine premium audio system

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone

Bodyside mouldings with 500 logo

Bright belt moulding

Chrome power, heated mirrors

Chrome shift knob

Fog lamps

Heated front seats

Leather-faced seats

Overhead passenger-assist handle

SiriusXM satellite radio including

Pricing options for Pop, Trekking and Lounge trims start from $20,995, $22,995 and $23,695, respectively. Standard features with the Pop trim are available in the Trekking trim plus some others. Same is true for Trekking and higher Lounge trim.

We Recommend

Trekking trim offers the most value for money. For an additional expense of $2k, you get a number of great features. The list includes front fog lamps and a 7-speaker audio system.

2019 Fiat 500 Engine

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 2019 Fiat 500 . The turbo engine produces 160 hp of power and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper and Honda Civic Hatchback come with a 1.5L engine. Ford Focus SE Hatchback, on the other hand, features a 2.0L engine. In the league, Hardtop 4 Door Cooper flaunts the least power of 134 hp while Honda Civic Hatchback has the most of 174 hp.

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. Contrarily, 2019 Fiat 500 offers the most torque in the competition. Like the Fiat 500 , Ford Focus SE Hatchback produces features a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper and Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) relies on a 6-speed manual transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Acceleration

Frankly, 2019 Fiat 500 has a super-sluggish acceleration. The ride takes 8 seconds for shooting to 60 MPH. This is the most time taken for doing so among its class rivals. While Hardtop 4 Door Cooper requires 7.7 seconds for doing so, Focus SE Hatchback does the same in 7.6 seconds. Honda Civic Hatchback accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds.

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

For covering a quarter-mile, 2019 Fiat 500 takes 16.2 seconds. Ford Focus SE Hatchback covers a quarter-mile at the same time. Honda Civic Hatchback is somewhat faster as it takes 15.5 seconds for the ride to traverse a quarter-mile.

Ride and Handling

The quality of ride with 2019 Fiat 500 is impressive on smooth roads. However, it falls off sharply with the more unevenness your experience on the road. While the handling of the ride is impressive, steering isn't up to par even flaunting a well-weighted build.

In fact, a quick engagement with the ride can give an impression of a sports car until roughness is encountered. 2019 Fiat 500 flaunts a front-wheel-drive system. An all-wheel-drive can further smoothen the ride quality of 500 , provided if it was available. Yes, that's unfortunately correct that Fiat 500 has no options for an AWD. For that, you need to look elsewhere.

Braking

Front brake and rear brake for the 2019 Fiat 500 measures 12 and 10.4 inches, respectively. This the most sizes in their respective category in the segment. Overall, the braking system is responsive in the Fiat 500 . In emergency braking scenarios, the ride takes 119 feet for stopping when decelerated from 60 MPH. This is better than the 120 feet requirement of Ford Focus SE Hatchback.

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

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper comes to a full halt in 116 feet when decelerated continually from 60 MPH. However, it is the Honda Civic Hatchback that requires the least distance of 115 feet for achieving the same.

2019 Fiat 500 Fuel Economy

In cities, 2019 Fiat 500 offers a mileage of 22 mpg. The same on highways is 30 mpg. Overall, the ride offers a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg. Unfortunately, this is the least that one can get into the competition. Ford Focus SE Hatchback offers an impressive 31 mpg. The ride is outshined by Hardtop 4 Door Cooper with a combined fuel economy of 32 mpg.

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

Nonetheless, it is the Honda Civic Hatchback that offers the most combined fuel economy of 33 mpg in the segment. City and highways fuel economy for Honda Civic Hatchback is 30 and 39 mpg, respectively.

2019 Fiat 500 Interior

Seating and Comfort

Like its class rivals, 2019 Fiat 500 is able to accommodate a total of 5 passengers. Headroom and legroom available in the front of the 500 are 40.7 and 40 inches, respectively. While headroom is the most, legroom is the least among the competition. Ford Focus SE Hatchback has the tightest front headroom of 38.3 inches. Honda Civic Hatchback, on the other hand, offers the most front legroom of 42.3 inches.

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

Headroom and legroom available in the rear of the 2019 Fiat 500 are 38.7 and 36.7 inches, respectively. Both are the maximum available in the competition. Honda Civic Hatchback offers the least headroom of 37.4 inches in the back. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper, on the contrary, flaunts the least rear legroom of 32.3 inches.

Infotainment System

The 2019 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 for making any ride enticing.

No matter whether you access the infotainment system via the physical buttons or touchscreen, it's going to feel intuitive and user-friendly. There is an optional infotainment package available that adds a bigger touch display in addition to adding navigation function.

Interior Features

Maximum seating capacity flaunted by the 2019 Fiat 500 is 5. Both front seats, as well as the rear seats, offer plenty of room. However, the front seats miss adequate support. Important interior features available at 2019 Fiat 500 's disposal includes:

  • Spacious seating
  • LATCH connectors are available
  • Sleek cabin design
  • League-leading cargo capacity

Cargo Capacity

With rear seat up, 2019 Fiat 500 offers a cargo space of 22.4 cubic feet. This is better than the 13.1 cubic feet offered by the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper. Ford Focus SE Hatchback and Honda Civic Hatchback, nonetheless, offers the better cargo capacity of 23.8 and 25.7 cubic feet, respectively.

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

2019 Fiat 500 leads the pack with 68 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seat folded. Honda Civic Hatchback offers the 2nd-best of the same in the league with 46.2 cubic feet. Ford Focus SE Hatchback, on the other hand, offers slightly lesser 44.8 cubic feet of the same. Hardtop 4 Door Cooper offers the least cargo space of 40.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

2019 Fiat 500 Exterior

Dimension and Weight

2019 Fiat 500 has concise dimensions, leave for its height that is the most among its class rivals. Length, width and height for the 2019 avatar of the Fiat 500 are 167.3, 69.8 and 65.7 inches, respectively. Ford Focus SE Hatchback has the most height of 171.6 inches, while Hardtop 4 Door Cooper has the least of 157.4 inches. Cooper has also the least width of 68 inches while Ford Focus SE Hatchback has the most, 71.8 inches, of it.

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 2019 incarnation of the Fiat 500 weighs 3254 lbs. All its rivals stay below the 3000 lbs. mark, however. Ford Focus SE Hatchback and Honda Civic Hatchback have curb weights of 2948 and 2815 lbs., respectively. But it is the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper that has the least curb weight of 2750 lbs. in the competition.

Exterior Features

2019 Fiat 500 looks great on the outside. There are some great features that make the ride look pretty. Important exterior feats to the exteriors of the Fiat 500 includes:

  • Standard 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satin silver door handles
  • Red or black-painted roof
  • Optional matte black side moldings

2019 Fiat 500 Safety

NHTSA ratings aren't available for the 2019 Fiat 500 . The ride comes with average IIHS ratings, however. While front crash prevention isn't available small overlap front driver side is rated cPoor.'d Nonetheless, other parameters are given a c4-star'd rating.

There are some safety and reliability features available with the 2019 Fiat 500 . ABS and driveline traction control are available as standard features. A backup camera is available also a standard reliability measure.

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 -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Side Impact Beams

NHTSA has not yet rated

2019 Fiat 500 Competition

Ford Focus SE Hatchback

One of the major competitors to the 2019 Fiat 500 is the Ford Focus SE Hatchback. The ride flaunts a 2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. The engine produces 160 hp of power and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. The total torque generated is the least amongst the class rivals. Pricing options for the Ford Focus SE Hatchback start from $19,765. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds.

Ford Focus SE Hatchback flaunts the smallest brakes in the competition. Its front and rear brake measure 10.9 and 9 inches, respectively. Total curb weight of the ride is 2948 lbs. Hence, it is lighter than the 2019 Fiat 500 but heavier than that of the Hardtop 4 Door Cooper and Civic Hatchback (LX). The ride offers an excellent combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. Ground clearance and wheelbase for the ride is 4.7 and 104.3 inches, respectively.

Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

With an opening bid of $21,950, Hardtop 4 Door Cooper is the most expensive ride in the segment. The ride features a 1.5L TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder direct-injection engine. It is capable of producing 134 hp of power, lowest among the competition, and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike 2019 Fiat 500 , Hardtop 4 Door Cooper relies on a 6-speed manual mode for transmission. The ride shoots to 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds and has a CO2 emission value of 5.5.

With a total curb weight of 2750 lbs., Hardtop 4 Door Cooper is the lightest ride amongst the competition. The ride delivers an excellent combined fuel economy of 32 mpg, 7 mpg more than that of the Fiat 500 . Size-wise, it is the most compact ride among its class rivals with the least length, width as well as height. Nonetheless, the ride offers the best ground clearance of 5.7 inches in the competition. It has the least-in-league wheelbase of 101.1 inches.

Honda Civic Hatchback (LX)

Yet another important competitor to the Fiat 500 is the Civic Hatchback (LX). The ride flaunts a 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-valve turbocharged engine complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission mode. The robust engine produces 174 hp of power, which is, in fact, the maximum power among its class rivals. Moreover, the turbocharged 1.5L engine generates an acceptable 167 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride covers a quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds and hits 60 MPH in 7.5 seconds.

The opening bid for the Honda Civic Hatchback (LX) is $19,700. This makes the ride least expensive among its class rivals. Honda Civic Hatchback leads the pack in terms of combined fuel economy. It offers an impressive mileage of 33 miles per gallon of gas. Ground clearance and wheelbase for the ride is 5.1 and 106.3 inches, respectively. Hatchback offers the best front legroom of 42.3 inches. Also, it offers 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the folded rear seat.

2019 Fiat 500 Final Verdict

Spacious with impressive cargo capacity, the Fiat 500 falls short on almost every other parameter. This might be the easiest car to park out of all but with lacking safety and assistant tech it may not the best out of the all on the technological front. One would think that the spacious interiors combined with the ample seating might make this a great long journey car but riding for long isn't the best experience with the Fiat. You would be better of with any of the competitors.