2019 Fiat 500 Convertible

2019 MODEL
$17,990 - $21,490
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2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Fiat 500 Convertible is the open top version of the beloved 500. Dating back to the late 60s this cute and nimble automotive conquered the hearts of many in the yesteryear but will it do the same thing all these years after.

The 500 C comes with a 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder that makes 101 hp at 6500rpm and 98 lb-ft of torque in the C Pop and the C Lounge models. 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.

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Pros

Cheeky retro styling

Nimble handling

Lightweight construction

Beasty Abarth model

Cheaper than rivals

Cons

C Pop model feels underpowered

Spartan ergonomics

Not a proper convertible

What's New?

The 2019 Fiat 500 C comes with an upgraded UConnect Infotainment system that works better than the previous one


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17740

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

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

4.6 in.

capacity

cargo volume

5.4 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



Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Fiat 500 Convertible C Pop

C Pop

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

$17,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $17,990 MSRP (24/30/32) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 4

 2019 Fiat 500 Convertible C Retro

C Retro

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

$21,240


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C Retro 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $21,240 MSRP (28/30/33) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 4   Black,soft top

 2019 Fiat 500 Convertible C Lounge

C Lounge

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

$21,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
C Lounge 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $21,490 MSRP (28/30/33) 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 4

Top Fiat Cars

2019 Fiat 124 Spider
6.8/10

Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 30 combined

2019 Fiat 500X
N/A

Engine: 177 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.3 L I-4

MPG: 26 combined

2019 Fiat 500 Abarth Convertible
N/A

Engine: 157 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 30 combined

2019 Fiat 500L
5.3/10

Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 25 combined

2019 Fiat 500
N/A

Engine: 135 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 30 combined

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Convertible
6.6/10

Engine: 164 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 30 combined

2019 Fiat 500 Abarth Hatchback
N/A

Engine: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L I-4

MPG: 30 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 26, 2019


The Mini Cooper Convertible, Mazda MX-5 and Volkswagen Beetle Convertible stand in the way of this small car with a big heart, but does it have what it takes to make a mark in this segment ?

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Features

2019 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 Abarth 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 Navigation System foglights
  heated mirrors foglights sport steering wheel
  keyless locking/unlocking  fixed glass roof front floor mats
  full power accessories auto-dimming rearview mirror  leather-wrapped shift knob
  cruise control, cloth upholstery automatic climate control six-speakersound system with a trunk-mounted subwoofer
  a height-adjustable driver seat six-speakersound system with a trunk-mounted subwoofer  
  air-conditioning leather upholstery and satellite radio  
  Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment interface with a 5-inch touchscreen    
  six-speaker Alpine audio system with an auxiliary audio input and two USB ports    

We recommend:

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.

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Engine

While it may be nimble and maneuverable, the 500 definitely isn't sporty. Even the Abarth model, with 160 horsepower, can spin the front tires at full throttle but instrumented acceleration numbers are less impressive.- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission:

The base CPop and CLounge models come with the 1.4 liter in-line 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.

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 wouldve disgraced Abarth and their years of racing heritage if the 500 C Abarth was only about wild vinyl and body kits that is exactly why the same 1.4 liter here makes a healthy 160hp thanks to a turbocharger and well executed tuning. It also makes a whopping 184 lb-ft of torque making it on par with the Beetle in terms of performance.

Since the Abarth makes up for the lack of bravado in the line-up, your inner petrol head can finally calm down.

Models

Fiat 500 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

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.

Spend a little more for the Abarth though, and itll take you to 60 MPH from a standstill in just 6.5 seconds with the quarter mile being devoured in 15.4 seconds. Very serious numbers indeed

Take a look here for the acceleration stats of the Fiat and its buddies:

Models

Fiat 500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2019 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

Handling and Steering:

Lightweight equals sublime handling; this is the equation that hot hatch and sports-car makers always keep in mind whenever they make a new car. So it's no surprise that Fiat's engineering expertise 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.

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.

Model

Fiat 500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2019 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

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Fuel Economy

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

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.

Model

Fiat 500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2019 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



 

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Interior

While the 500's minimalist interior has a certain retro design appeal, it also serves to limit the functionality of many systems. The limited passenger space leaves it trailing rivals by a considerable margin. - Edmunds

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 C Abarth 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.

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's 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

Fiat 500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2019 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

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 at 5.4 ft^3. 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

Fiat 500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport

Mini Cooper Convertible

Volume (cube ft)

5.4

7.1

4.6

5.7

Interior features:

  • Beats/Alpine sound system
  • 5-inch Infotainment screen
  • 7-inch information cluster
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Abarth color contrasting trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sport mode
  • Satellite Navigation system
  • Trunk mounted subwoofer
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Cruise Control
  • Climate control
  • Satellite radio
  • Abarth sport steering wheel

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Exterior

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 though 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.

Here are the measurements of the exterior of the car in comparison to its rivals:

Model

Fiat 500 C Pop Convertible

Volkswagen Beetle convertible

2019 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

Wheel base(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
  • Abarth body kit
  • Chrome door handles
  • 15 exterior color choices
  • Optional black trim package
  • Optional two tone package
  • Optional Abarth spoiler
  • Abarth tuned dual exhaust
  • Optional Mopar branded styling

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible 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). So here is a list of class-leading safety features in the 2019 Fiat 500 C:

Safety Features offered:

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

An automatic emergency braking system couldve come in handy but sadly the 500C does not come with that option.

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Competition

What's holding you back from buying the new 2019 Fiat 500C? These are the usual suspects

2019 Volkswagen Beetle 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 inside

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport:

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 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

2019 Mini Cooper 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 so good that it is used in the BMW i8. It makes 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. What's more? It's also more comfortable...oops.

2019 Fiat 500 Convertible Final Verdict

A retro-progressive renegade that stays true to its original formula, the 500c is a convertible that stays true to its form factor and is capable of giving a tough competition to its competitors. With the Mini and the beetle convertible taking the lead in most segments, the 500c shows heart but the heart alone does not win you the race.