2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback

#30
in Midsize hatchbacks
2017 MODEL
$14,995 - $18,495 See Inventory Prices

6.3

Overall Rating

Detailed Review

Fiat 500 hatchback comes with a retro design. 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.

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

 

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.6/10
Interior

 

6.8/10
Exterior

 

5.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Fiat 500 has 3 trims that start from POP trim for $14,995, then you have the Lounge trim that starts from $18,945 and the top Abarth trim that retails for $19,995. All the trim level come standard with 5-speed manual. If looking for a 6-speed automatic transmission, shell out $1,000 dollars more on every trim level. There are 2 engines for the Fiat 500. The POP and Lounge trim level get a 1.4-Liter I4 MultiAir 16-valve engine with 101 horsepower and 98-pound feet of torque. Abarth trim gets 1.4-Liter I4 16 Valve MultiAir Turbo engine with 160 horsepower and 170-pound feet of torque.

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Features

6.3/10

2017 Fiat 500 has 3 trims to meet the person’s criteria. The base POP trim starts from $14,995 and goes up to $19,995 for the wicked Abarth trim. With 3 trims you have 2 good engines. You have a 1.4-Liter I4 MultiAir 16-valve engine with 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque and 1.4-Liter I4 16 Valve MultiAir Turbo engine with 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque.

Trims

500 Pop Hatch

500 lounge Hatch

500 Abarth Hatch

MSRP (Manual)

$14995

$18495

$19995

MSRP (Automatic)

$15990

$19490

$20990

Key Features Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brake System 15-Inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels Performance Brakes with Red Calipers
The leather-wrapped steering wheel Seats and a Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel 11.1-Inch Diameter Ventilated Front Rotors
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

15 Exterior Colors

Abarth-tuned Torque Transfer Contro

7-inch customizable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display Chrome Shift Knob Performance Suspension
Rear Park Assist System Chrome Heated Power Exterior Mirrors and Chrome Door Handles Sport Mode, Abarth-Tuned Dual Exhaust
  Seats with Heated Front Twin Intercoolers and a High-Flow Air Intake System
  Fixed Glass Roof KONI Front and Rear Struts with Dual Valve Frequency Selective Damping
  Automatic Temperature Control and Sirius Satellite Radio with One Year of Service Included Race-Inspired Performance Bucket Seats
    Turbo Boost Gauge and Flat-Bottom Leather-Wrapped Abarth Performance Designed Steering Wheel
    Seven airbags

The Fiat 500 is loaded with features across trim levels such as leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic temperature control, customizable driver information digital cluster display, heated front seats, fixed glass roof, 15-Inch aluminum alloy, park assist system etc. Abarth trim gets a complete revamp by getting performance suspension, twin intercoolers with air intake setup, performance brakes etc.

We recommendation

We would suggest you the POP trim as it has all the necessary features that you want during your daily commute. It’s a complete city car with the latest in-car technologies. You also get a lot of optional packages to make your car different.

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Engine

6.7/10

"The base engine's acceleration is undeniably lackluster. In fact, the 500 is one of the slowest cars on the market. It's a shame that the 500 Turbo was dropped this year, as it effectively split the difference from the sluggish base model and the significantly more engaging Abarth."-Edmunds

In the engine department, POP and Lounge trim get a 1.4-Liter I4 MultiAir 16-Valve Engine with 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque, Abarth trim gets the same engine but its turbocharged to produce 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque.

Models

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

MSRP

$14995

$21950

$13000

$16090

Engine

1.4L I-4

1.3L I-3

1.4L I-4

1.5L I-4

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-Speed Manual

5-speed manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

101 hp @ 6500 rpm

134 hp @ 4500rpm

98 hp @ 6200rpm

130 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

98 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

162 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm

94 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

114 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

In comparison, Mini Cooper is the most powerful at 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most expensive at $21,950. Second is the Honda Fit with 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque with a price tag of $16,090. Chevrolet Spark is the least powerful and the cheapest with 98 horsepower and $13,000 price tag. While Mini Cooper and Honda Fit offer a 6-speed manual, Chevrolet Spark and Fiat 500 POP are available 5-speed manual.

Acceleration

2017 Fiat POP has a peppy 1.4-Liter engine but it’s not a turbocharged one in the POP trim, it’s naturally aspirated. It does 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds and completes the quarter mile with a time of 14.9 seconds.

Models

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

0-60 MPH

9.8

7.3

10.7 sec

9.1

Quarter mile

14.9 sec

14.2 sec

18.0 sec

16.8 sec

Engine

1.4L

1.5L

1.4L

1.5L

In comparison, Mini Cooper is blisteringly quick at 7.3 seconds to 60 mph thanks to its turbocharged 1.5-Liter engine. It’s 2.5 seconds faster than Fiat 500 POP, 3.4 seconds than Chevy Spark and 1.8 seconds than Honda Fit. In quarter mile time, however, Fiat 500 does close the gap but still loses by 0.7 seconds to Mini Cooper. Honda Fit, which was faster than Fiat 500 in 0-60 mph time but finishes almost 2 seconds behind at 16.8 seconds.

Handling and Steering

It can be called as a supermini which is very useful around town. It is easily maneuverable with decent visibility all around the car. The size plays an important role in the city driving where it is genuinely good. However, it’s not as sharp as some of its rivals because the suspension is just too soft. You can really feel the difference on the highway, where this car feels a little wiggly. The cabin is also not very well noise insulated which lets a lot of road noise inside the car at higher speeds.

Braking

2017 Fiat 500 POP hatch weighs in at 2366 pounds which is considerably heavy. You cannot judge and tell that kind of weight due to its exterior appearance. It has 10.1 inches front ventilated discs and 9.4 inches at the back. The brakes work well but they are not performance one as they are standard in Abarth trim.

Model

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

Brake Front(in)

10.1

11

9.3

10.3

Brake Rear(in)

9.4

10.2

7.9

7.9

Curb weight(lbs)

2366

2750

2246

2513

60-0 MPH (ft.)

128

108

120

130

In comparison, Mini Cooper is the heaviest at 2,750 pounds but it also has the biggest brakes 11 inches in the front and 10.2 inches in the back. Big brakes give Mini cooper immense braking power and stops this hot hatch at 108 feet from 60 mph. 

 

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Fuel Economy

5.7/10

From its 1.4-Liter engine, Fiat POP delivers pretty good fuel efficiency figures. In the city, it delivers 31 Mpg and 38 Mpg on the highway. It gets 34 MPG combined.

Model

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

MPG (city)

31

28

31

29

MPG (highway)

38

37

39

36

MPG (combined)

34

32

34

32

Against the others, Fiat 500 and Chevy Spark offer the best fuel economy figures and are identical in the city and combine but Spark has 1 MPG more on the highway. Mini Cooper is least economical in the city at 28 MPG. Combined figures of Mini Cooper and Honda fit are equal at 32 MPG.

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Interior

5.6/10

"Low-quality hard plastics are scattered throughout the 500’s cabin. Many of the surface materials feel cheap, and outside noise easily permeates the cabin. However, this Fiat does benefit from a distinctive Italian flair. Once you’re done choosing from one of the many exterior color choices, you can select from nine interior color combinations. Take a peek inside and you’ll find a fashionable interior with some impressive details for this price range. Personalization extends beyond the color palette; you can mix and match features across trims to customize your Fiat 500."- Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Fiat 500 interior looks very similar to the previous model, but it has been revamped to give way to a new infotainment system. Fiat markets it as a 4-seater but in reality, it’s not a people carrier. Extremely tight space at the back makes it good for a 2-seater configuration. It has a passenger volume of 75.5 cu ft of space. It has a good amount of space in the front but the rear is unforgiving due to the short wheelbase.

Model

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

Passenger capacity

4

5

4

5

Passenger Volume(ft cube) w/ sunroof

75.5

96.8

83.0

95.7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.9/49.4/40.7

39.9/51.2/41.4

39.0/50.8/41.7

39.5/54.8/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.6/46.4/31.7

37.5/49.6/32.3

37.0/49.8/33.0

37.5/52.6/39.3

In comparison, Honda Fit has the best space up front and also at the back. This is due to the fact that it’s the longest and tallest in the segment which gives it the best shoulder room up front and also in the rear. Mini and Chevrolet are neck to neck in every department.

Infotainment

The infotainment has been revamped from the previous model which was LCD strip displaying only the audio and bunch of other stuff. It’s a 7-inch touchscreen system which has all the audio systems like FM/AM etc. You also have a settings button which shows a different kind of menu options such as date and time, Bluetooth, door and locks, lights etc. The touch response is good and provides a user-friendly interface.

Cargo Volume

2017 Fiat 500 has a small boot space of 9.5 inches. When you fold the rear seats, it triples the space to 30.1 inches.

Model

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up/ Rear Seat down (ft³)

9.5/30.1

13.1/40.7

11.1/27.2

16.6/52.7

When comparing cargo volumes, Honda Fit has the largest space at 16.6 inches and when seats are folded down, it increases massively to 52.7 inches. Mini Cooper has the second-best space in terms of cargo, 13.1 inches with all seats up and 40.7 inches when rear seats folded down. Spark has better space than Fiat 500 at 11.1 inches with all seats up but Fiat 500 has more space when rear seats are folded down 30.1 inches to be exact.

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Exterior

6.8/10

"The subcompact 2017 Fiat 500 is a modern interpretation of 1957's tiny, rear-engined original. Although larger than the original, it's still seven inches shorter than today's Mini Cooper. The iconic sloping rear end embodies the 500’s personality, though it limits rear headroom."-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

2017 Fiat 500 POP is 139.6 inches. It is 64.1 inches wide and 59.8 inches in height with a ground clearance 4.1 inches which is quite good in the city. Wheelbase is 90.6 inches which provide a good amount of space for the front passengers but for rear passengers, the cabin is uncomfortable.

Model

Fiat 500 Pop Hatch

Mini Hardtop 4 Door Cooper

Chevrolet Spark Hatch LS (Manual)

Honda Fit LX

Curb weight(lbs)

2366

2750

2246

2513

Length(in)

139.6

157.4

143.1

160

Width(in)

64.1

68

62.8

67

Height(in)

59.8

56.1

58.4

60.0

Ground Clearance(in)

4.1

5.7

6.6

4.4

Wheelbase(in)

90.6

101.1

93.9

99.6

Track width(in) F/R

55.4/55

59.1/59.1

54.5/54.5

58.3/58

When comparing Fiat 500 with others, Honda Fit is the longest and tallest at 160 inches and 60 inches respectively. Mini Cooper is longer by almost 20 inches which offer an immense length of the car at 157.4 inches. It also has the 101.1 inches of wheelbase which gives immense space inside the cabin. At 68 inches Mini is the widest which translates to a good amount of shoulder room for the passengers. Chevrolet Spark has the best ground clearance at 6.6 inches which can clear road undulations and speed breakers with ease.

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Safety

5.5/10

Don’t be intimidated by the size of the car, it’s packed with loads of safety features that make your ride stress free. Some of the features are:

Safety & Security Systems

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Tire Specific Pressure Monitoring Display

Air Bags

  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • Supplemental Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front Airbags

Restraint Systems

  • Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System

Locks & Keys

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Remote Keyless Entry

Additional Safety & Security Features

  • Electronic Vehicle Information Center
  • Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
  • Tachometer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor

Safety Ratings BY NHTSA

2017 Fiat 500 has received 4-star ratings by NHTSA under their strict scrutiny of tests. The results are listed below for every crash test they take:

NHTSA Rating

Overall Rating

4-star

Overall Frontal Crash Rating

4-star

Frontal Crash Rating Driver Side

4-star

Frontal Crash Rating Passenger Side

3-star

Overall Side Crash Rating

5-star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat

5-star

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat Rear Seat

5-star

Side Barrier

5-star

Side barrier Driver

5-star

Side barrier Rear Passenger

5-star

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

3-star

Rollover Rating

4-star

IIHS Ratings

IIHS has rated the car Good in most tests. 

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side

Poor

Small overlap front Passenger side

NA

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention

NA

Headlights

NA

LATCH

NA

 

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Competition

Mini Cooper vs Fiat 500

Mini Cooper is one the best hatchbacks out there. It’s quick, agile and surprisingly fuel efficient. It has got power and excellent driving dynamics. Also, it has four seats which provide good comfort to passengers. Fiat 500 is only ahead in terms of price and the quirky looks it provides. Both are icons in their own space, but it truly depends upon your choice. At Mini’s price point, you can easily get Fiat's performance version - Abarth that is more agile and has zippy performance. 

Chevrolet Spark vs Fiat 500

Fiat 500 and Chevy spark are offered at a similar price point with equal amount of power. Both have 5-speed manual, very fuel efficient and excellent city slickers. The only problem with Fiat is that it’s not a four-seater whereas spark is. In the performance section, Fiat is better than Spark. 

Honda Fit vs Fiat 500

Honda makes lightweight designs with excellent engine and passenger space. Whereas the Fiat is known for excellent looks with modernized interiors and potent engines. Honda Fit exceeds Fiat 500 POP in every sphere. But in terms of price, it’s $7,000 dearer than Fiat. 
 

2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Final Verdict

Fiat 500 POP is not a completely new model form the previous one, but some upgrades make it a safer car. It has got new technology that can match much more advanced rivals. It's more affordable to buy and is comfortable for only for two passengers. Its iconic design is nostalgic and reminds of the rich heritage of this car. If you want looks, price friendly car, there are not many options that can match Fiat 500.
 

Pros

Abarth turbo engine

Head turner Italian design

48-month\/50,000-Mile Basic Limited Warranty

Cons

Poor ride quality

Only meant for 2 people

What's New?

Appearance packages


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14995

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

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

2366 lbs.

ground clearance

4.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

75.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

9.5 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 Hatchback in Granito Lucente color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Giallo Moderna Perla color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Celeste Blu color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Billet Argento color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Bianco Perla color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Nero Puro color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Rhino Clearcoat color  2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback in Rosso Red color
Granito Lucente

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

5.7

Interior

5.6

Exterior

6.8

Safety

5.5

Comfort

5.0

Driving

8.6

6.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Fiat 500 Hatchback Pop

Pop

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

$14,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $14,995 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 Hatchback Lounge

Lounge

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

$18,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $18,495 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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