2019 Fiat 500e Electric

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2019 Fiat 500e electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

It was 2012 when Fiat first introduced the Fiat 500 and the electric version followed it next year. It is the 5th model year for the Fiat 500e, not very changed from last year except for the latest Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system that features a lot of new stuff.

The 500e is available in only one trim equipped with an 83kW electric motor producing 111 hp and torque of 147 lb.-ft available the instant the instant you hit the go pedal. Like all the other modern EVs the Fiat 500e is also using single speed automatic.

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Pros

Advanced Uconnect 5.0 system

Dimming rear mirror

Cruise control

Cons

Limited back seat room

Uncomfortable driving position

Poor battery range

What's New?

Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system

The 500e is all like the last year model except the Uconnect 5.0 replacement for old button using infotainment system.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33210

bodystyle

2dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

4

top speed

88 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

61

horsepower

111 hp

torque

147 lbs.-ft

transmission

1-speed direct drive

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

142.4 in.

width

64.1 in.

height

60.1 in.

curb weight

2980 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

78.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

10.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

121/112/103 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50,000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited

ev battery warranty

8 yr. / 100000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Fiat 500e electric in Colosseo Gray color  2019 Fiat 500e electric in Granito Gray color  2019 Fiat 500e electric in Luminosa Orange color  2019 Fiat 500e electric in Perla White Tri Coat color  2019 Fiat 500e electric in Pompei Silver color
Colosseo Gray

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Fiat 500e electric Base

Base

power
111 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
112 combined

$33,210


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Battery Electric 2dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $33,210 MSRP (121/112/103) 111 hp, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 4

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 17, 2019


500e comes standard with leather wrapped tilt adjusted steering, manually adjustable front seats with height adjustment on driver’s seat, round fog lights, the new Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system, and steering wheel mounted music controls. For safety measures, the 500e has ABS, ESC and Driveline Traction Control systems which come standard. This car is only available in only California and Oregon.

2019 Fiat 500e electric Features

2019 Fiat 500e comes in only single trim which comes standard with many features like automatic climate control, navigation system and reverse parking sensors. Options are limited and include $800 sunroof and $495 for the eSport package featuring black and orange alloy wheels, tinted headlights bezels and orange accents to the exterior mirrors and body sides. New Alpine audio system incorporating 6 speakers, satellite radio and a CD player.

Trims

500e

MSRP

$32,995

Features

Standard features for the 500e include heated side mirrors

 

Automatic climate control

 

Full power accessories

 

Steering-wheel-mounted audio control

 

Cruise control manually adjustable heated front seats with driver-side height adjustment premium vinyl upholstery

 

Leather-wrapped tilt-adjustable steering wheel

 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror and 50/50-split folding rear seat

 

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 5-inch touchscreen

 

Six-speaker Alpine audio system with a CD player, satellite radio

 

USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

  Rear parking sensors

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There is a single variant but are options available like a sunroof for $800 which is not much and if you want your electric vehicle look sporty there is $495 eSport package.

2019 Fiat 500e electric Engine

Engine and Transmission

The 500e is powered by 83 kW electric motor producing 111 hp and instant torque of 147 lb-ft. Like all EVs, it is using a single speed automatic and employs two operating pedals. The 500e is using the same chassis of gas-powered Fiat 500 but with an electric motor under the hood and Li-ion battery under the back seat in the floor to keep the center of gravity low.

Models

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

MSRP

$32,995

$30,495

$29,990

$13,050

Motor Type

83kw Electric Motor

100 kW AC synchronous electric motor

110kW AC Synchronous Motor

Gas I4 1.4L

Transmission

Single Speed Automatic

Single Speed Automatic

Single Speed Automatic

5-speed Manual

Power

111 hp

134 hp

147 hp

98hp

Torque

147 lb-ft

214 lb-ft

236 lb-ft

94 lb-ft

 

The Fiat 500e is clearly not justifying the cost as it employs a motor with the least power and torque figures. Nissan Leaf S has the most powerful motor with 147 hp which is a big difference. The Chevy Spark is near to the Fiat 500e in terms of power produced and is nearly 1/3rd the price of the 500e. The Chevy Spark has an equivalent engine as in gas-powered Fiat 500, clearly, 500e has more power in that scenario.

Acceleration

The Fiat 500e hits 0-60 mph in 8.4 secs, does a quarter mile in 17 secs and a top speed of 88 mph and that is pretty fast for a heavy EV with a small amount of power.

Models

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

0-60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.5 sec

7.5 sec

10.7 sec

Quarter mile

17.0 sec

16.5 sec

15.8 sec

18 sec

 

The Fiat 500e was closer to the VW e-Golf SE in 0-60 but then the more powerful e-Golf takes advantage of its lightweight and makes a difference of 0.5 sec in a quarter mile. The Nissan Leaf S with most power has no match in this competition. The gas powered Chevy Spark, having equivalent engine as of Fiat 500, was also catching up on the 500e in a quarter mile.

Ride and Handling

The 500e is quite low to the ground and that provides road feel through the steering. Due to the low ground clearance, the suspension cannot be taken towards the soft end so some people feel it some harsh at irregular terrain. The 500e is more fun to drive than the 500 turbo, which requires gear shifting to reach its peak performance and is a bit bouncy.

500e is over 2900 lbs but it does not feel bouncy at all like its gas-powered siblings since the engineers have placed the heavy battery in the floor under the backseat for lowering center of gravity. But you may hear loud noises of rubber tires screeching while driving fast in corners since the 500e is pretty silent.

Braking

The Fiat 500e has all four wheels disc brakes with drilled, slotted and vented discs at front. These are the similar rotors as in gas-powered Fiat 500 models, but the car itself is 600 lbs heavier.

Model

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

Brake Front(in)

11.0

11.3

11.1

9.3

Brake Rear(in)

9.4

10.7

11.5

7.9

Curb weight(lbs)

2980

2455

3433

2246

60-0 MPH (ft.)

127

122

129

120

The 500e takes 127 ft. distance to stop from 60 mph with 2980 lbs. The VW e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf S take 122 ft. and 129 ft. respectively. In braking cars got positions according to their weight, like lightest Chevy is 1st and the heaviest Nissan is at last with 129 ft.

2019 Fiat 500e electric Fuel Economy

In efficiency, the 500e is fair against the competition, the combined eMPG of 112 is good against the rivals but the battery still remains a challenge.

Model

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

eMPG (city)

121

126

125

29

eMPG (Highway)

103

111

100

39

eMPG (Combined)

112

119

112

34

Battery Range (Miles)

84

125

151

N/A

The Volkswagen e-Golf SE is in lead with the combined eMPG since it has to carry 1000 lbs less than the Nissan Leaf S. But the battery range of Nissan is unmatched in this competition, otherwise all the cars are neck to neck in efficiency.

2019 Fiat 500e electric Interior

Seating and Comfort

The front seats are heated and manually adjusted with the height adjustment in the driver's seat and the tilt adjustable steering wheel makes the driver comfortable. The back seat of 500e can be barely used as only children can fit in there or can be used for storage but the Fiat 500e cannot be considered as the primary vehicle for a family.

Model

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

Passenger capacity

4

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

78.6

93.5

92.4

N/A

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

38.9/49.4/40.7

38.4/55.9/41.2

41.2/54.3/42.1

39/50.8/43.9

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

35.5/46.4/27.6

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.3/52.5/33.5

37.0/49.8/33.0

Clearly the 500e is far behind in providing passenger room also the backseat leg room is pretty much low than in the rivals, as in the VW and Nissan the leg room is above 33 cubic feet. The 500e cannot be taken as a 4-seater as the rear legroom is minimal.

Infotainment system

This is the fresh thing that the 500e is carrying in 2019, the Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system. This adds 5" touch screen, navigation, 6 speaker Alpine audio system with a CD player, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. The navigation system is pretty quick, accurate and voice activated. The system allows hand free calls and voice message writing but is not compatible with iPhone.

Cargo Space

You should save the back seat for storage, as there is no more than 13 ft. cube of trunk space but with the back seat folded, there is a tremendous amount of space.

Model

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

Trunk volume (ft.cube)

28.1

22.8

23.6

11.1

The Fiat 500e is the clear winner in this event by giving a cargo volume of 28.1 cubic feet. The VW e-Golf and Nissan Leaf S has 22.8 and 23.6 ft. cube of trunk space respectively which is a significant difference.

Interior features

  • Advanced Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system
  • Optional sunroof
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Tilt adjustable steering wheel

2019 Fiat 500e electric Exterior

Dimensions and Weight

The Fiat 500e is a tiny 2-door hatchback. The car has charge indicator placed in dashboard which is clearly visible from outside, so when you enter your garage you may need to check juice left in your car charge indicator will help you with that. The exterior mirror caps are designed to lower the drag coefficient of the car.

Model

Fiat 500e

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

Nissan Leaf S

Chevy Spark

curb weight(lbs)

2980

2455

3433

2246

Length(in)

142.4

168.1

176.4

143.1

Width(in)

64.1

70.8

70.5

62.8

Height(in)

60.1

57.2

61.4

58.4

Ground clearance(in)

4.5

6.9

5.9

6.6

Wheel base(in)

90.6

103.5

106.3

93.9

Track width(in) F/R

55.4/55

60.8/59.5

60.6/61.2

54.5/54.5

500e is clearly the smallest car as there is a great difference in overall length and width against the VW and the Nissan. The ground clearance is also quite low but not the lightest in the list this is due to the reinforced chassis and the side impact beams.

Exterior Features

  • 15" alloy wheels
  • Optional sunroof
  • eSport package

This eSport package adds black and orange wheels, tinted headlight bezels and orange accent exterior mirrors and body sides to make it look sporty.

2019 Fiat 500e electric Safety

The NHSTA and IIHS have not tested the 500e yet but the 500 turbo has overall 4-star rating from NHSTA and Good rating from IIHS except for the small overlap test. The car is equipped with ABS and ESC which ensures that the vehicle does not loose traction in wet or snow conditions moreover the driveline traction control is also active in the vehicle. For crash scenario, it has got 7 airbags and the side impact beams which absorb impact energy and direct it away from the occupants.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners

2019 Fiat 500e electric Competition

Volkswagen e-Golf SE

The e-Golf has the same familiar design of the VW Golf and is way better than the 500e. it is faster, looks good, has more battery range and can seat 5 passengers easily. Looking for an electric vehicle having a familiar design, VW e-Golf is the option.

Nissan Leaf S

The Leaf S is a great contender in this competition, it is the fastest in these electrics. Nissan is providing almost double the battery range than the 500e. If the most powerful and fastest vehicle is economic which also looks good what else can you buy?

2019 Fiat 500e electric Final Verdict

The Fiat is not the most appealing EV in the market and don't have such features that justify its cost. There are far better electric cars than 500e like VW e-Golf, Nissan Leaf S, Chevrolet Bolt EV. If you want to only electric, buy anyone except the Fiat 500e.

The Fiat 500e is Fiat's foray into the world of environmentally conscious car designs. The car when it was released in 2012 was a competent and appreciable design but as technology has advanced the Fiat 500e struggles to keep up with times.