Fiat 500 87kW La Prima 42kWh 2dr Auto - Electric, 17 inch Alloy Wheels, Rearview Parking Camera & Sat Nav Electric Automatic 3 door Hatchback (2021) at Preston Motor Park Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Jeep and Volvo

Our Fiat 500-e La Prima trim get the larger 10.25-in multifunction touchscreen with Satellite Navigation, 360 degree parking sensors, Fiat Co-Driver (Autonomous Driving L2), 17 inch Alloy Wheels, Wireless apple car play/android Auto, Rearview Parking Camera, DAB Radio, Blind spot warning, Power assist steering, Voice recognition, 7in TFT instrument cluster, Uconnect live service, Intelligent speed assist, Traffic sign recognition, Attention assist, Front parking sensors, Wireless Mobile Charging, Full LED 'Infinity' lights, Seats with Fiat monogram and plenty more desirable features. Space in the front is good for two adults and there are decent storage options. Reserve online today or call us to request for a personalised video or arrange test drive.

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The reborn Fiat 500 electric car has an impressive 199-mile range and retains its iconic looks, but now bigger, heavier and well equipped with safety, technology and in-car entertainment features.

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Body Glass

Driver and passenger's one touch up/down electric windows, Rain sensing wipers, Rear wiper

Brakes

ABS/EBD, Brake assist function, Electronic parking brake, ESC + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder

Communication

Bluetooth connectivity, E-call, Voice recognition, Wireless apple car play/android Auto, Wireless Mobile Phone Charger

Driver Aids

Attention assist, Blind spot warning, Intelligent speed assist, Power assist steering, Rear view parking camera, Traffic sign information, Traffic sign recognition, Vehicle Start Button

Driver Convenience

Dusk sensor, EV mode selector

Driver Information

10.25" touchscreen infotainment with navigation, 7" TFT instrument cluster, Uconnect live service

Driving Mirrors

Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors, Electrochromatic rear view mirror

Entertainment

2x Front USB port, DAB radio, Fixed panoramic sunroof, Harman/JBL premium audio system

Exterior Body Features

Chrome side mouldings, Chromed daylight opening, Door sill kick plates, Rear side wing doors

Exterior Lights

3rd brake light, Automatic high/low beam, LED daytime running lights, LED headlamps, LED Indicators, LED rear fog light, LED rear lights, LED reverse light, Welcome lighting

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Automatic air conditioning, Cabin pre-conditioning

Interior Features

Auxilliary 12V power socket, Bi-colour eco leather steering wheel, Centre console storage with sliding and closing door, Eco leather upholstery with Fiat monogram, Front armrest, Height adjustable steering wheel, Steering wheel with audio controls

Safety

7 airbags - Driver, passenger, side, window and drivers knee airbags, Autonomous emergency braking, Curtain airbags, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Tyre pressure sensor

Seats

2 seat bench in second row, 50/50 split folding rear seat, 6 way manually adjustable front seats, Front headrests, Rear head restraints, Single front passenger seat

Security

Automatic door locking, Immobiliser, Keyless Go, Passive entry and wearable key, Remote central locking

Vehicle Charging

85kW fast charge, Mode 3 charging cable

Wheels - Alloy

17" alloy wheels

Wheels - Spare

Fix and go puncture repair kit

General

Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
Badge Engine CC: 0.0
Badge Power: 118
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: N
Coin Series: La Prima
Generation Mark: 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18D
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 8
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 76
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 67
NCAP Safety Assist %: 67
Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
Battery Capacity in kWh: 42
Battery Charge Type 1 kW: 2.3
Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage: 0-100
Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes): 915
Battery Charge Type 2 kW: 11
Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage: 0-100
Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes): 255
Battery Charge Type 3 kW: 85
Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage: 0-80
Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes): 35
Battery Charge Type 4 kW: N
Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage: N
Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes): N
Battery Type: Lithium-ion
Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear
Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 99630
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
Usable Battery Capacity: 37.3
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 14.4
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4.3
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEH: 442
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEL: 446
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 300
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH: 299
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL: 320
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEH: 274
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEL: 277
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 186
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH: 186
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL: 199

Emissions - ICE

CO: N
CO2 (g/km): 0
HC: N
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): N
NOx: N
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: N

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: N
Catalytic Convertor: N
CC: 1
Compression Ratio: N
Cylinder Layout: N
Cylinders: N
Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
Engine Code: N
Engine Layout: N
Fuel Delivery: N
Gears: 1 SPEED
Number of Valves: N
Transmission: AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): N
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
EC Urban (mpg): N

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 9
Engine Power - BHP: 118
Engine Power - KW: 87
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: N
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4
Engine Torque - NM: 220
Top Speed: 93

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
RDE Certification Level: N/A

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: N
Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1527
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 3632
Wheelbase: 2322
Width: 1683
Width (including mirrors): 1900

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1765
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 550
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 185
Max. Loading Weight: 400
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
Minimum Kerbweight: 1365
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.7

500 Not Out (new2) 13/01/2020

The 500 has been a great success story for Fiat, offering buyers a cute, retro citycar at affordable prices. But does it still have what it takes against newer rivals? Jonathan Crouch takes a look at a revised range enhanced with mild hybrid tech.

Ten Second Review

Fiat's cheeky little 500 is a stylish citycar that remains as appealing as ever. It's recently gained clever 1.0-litre mild hybrid petrol power and Fiat has just added in yet another package of mild cosmetic tweaks. Otherwise this car hasn't been fundamentally changed in recent times - and loyal buyers didn't really want it to be. These people will like the smart look, the various media options and the very individual feel. You can tell that Fiat knows its market.

Background

If ever a car has built its brand, it's this one, Fiat's 500. In fact, it's done so twice. First at its original launch back in 1957. And more recently with this modern era version, first launched in 2008. Ever since, it's been a money-spinner for the Italian brand, who've never stopped trying to improve it. We got quite a wide-ranging package of updates in early 2014 that gave buyers of more expensive versions the company's 'UConnect' infotainment technology. Then in early 2020, the brand announced a 1.0-litre mild hybrid three cylinder engine and decided that this combustion-fuelled model would, for the time being anyway, continue to sell alongside the all-new electric EV version. Fiat's also put considerable thought into a wide range of personalisation options. It all means that on paper at least, this car remains a strong proposition. The small, fashionable citycar segment though, has changed substantially since this model's original launch. Does this Fiat still have what it takes to compete? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The big news here is the introduction of a mild hybrid 70hp 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine to replace the aging 69hp 1.2-litre conventional four cylinder unit this car's been soldiering on with since launch. The mild hybrid powerplant improves fuel efficiency without impeding performance. It also ensures a very high standard of driving comfort thanks to a 12-volt 'BSG' 'Belt-integrated Starter Generator', allowing for a quiet, vibration-free restart of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode. The engine (which in conventional form we've already seen in the 500X SUV) puts out 92Nm of pulling power and works via a 6-speed manual gearbox integrated with that 'BSG' set-up we just mentioned. The 'BSG' system is mounted directly on the engine and is operated by the belt that also drives the auxiliaries. The new system also involves lowering the entire power unit 45mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower centre of gravity. As before, there's a 1.4-litre petrol turbo unit for the Abarth models. In recent times, Fiat has tried to improve both the ride and handling of this 500, though this will probably be of limited interest to the car's urban-minded audience. You'll find that the engine can get a bit vocal if you work it hard. Even then though, the gruff, slightly throbby note is characterful rather than unpleasant and around town, refinement is more than acceptable. If you are urban-bound, you might also want to consider the optional (but rather jerky) Dualogic gearbox, a kind of manual transmission without a clutch. Unless you like all that left-foot pumping of course. With the Dualogic though, you'll have to have the older less efficient 1.2-litre 69hp engine. City dwellers will appreciate the tight 9.3m turning circle.

Design and Build

Fiat would've been unwise to mess with the 500's shape too much, so sensibly, they've kept exterior styling tweaks to the minimum with this 500 model over the last few years. As before, there's a single three-door bodystyle, though you can order it in soft-topped '500C' form if you like the idea of having an electric fabric-folding roof. Your Fiat dealer will also offer you a fashionable choice of wheels, graphic packages and paint colours. Inside, with this updated model, Fiat has taken the opportunity to slightly re-design the seats and add a matt silver dashboard finish. Otherwise, it's very much as you were. The biggest change to more recent versions of this car has been the inclusion of 'Uconnect' infotainment systems on all models. Smart air vents flank the screen, leading to a much more integrated feel than you'd get in many more expensive cars. Drivers will also appreciate the smart steering wheel with its chrome-plated switches. Plus, if they're in one of the top-spec model,s they've the benefit of an optional 7" TFT instrument cluster. In the rear, larger adults will find their heads brushing the roof and will need to make full use of the elbow cut-outs indented into the side panels. Most though, will find the space provided just about sufficient for two people on short to medium journeys - and it'll probably be fine for kids. The 185-litre boot remains as before, no bad thing as this still trumps many rivals. If you need to carry more, then you can push forward the rear bench, which split-folds in all but the entry-trim level. This frees up 550-litres. Bear in mind if you opt for the 500C convertible version that the luggage capacity figures fall slightly to 182-litres.

Market and Model

As before, there's a choice of fixed-top and convertible 500 models. The open-topped 500C variants require a premium of around £2,500 over their standard counterparts. If you're happy with tin-top 500 motoring, then you'll find pricing that's a fraction higher than before, yet which still starts at around £13,300 for the baseline 1.0-litre 'Pop' version. Above this variant, there are 'Connect', 'Dolcevita' and 'Sport' trim levels priced up to around £16,500. While there are cheaper and more practical cars out there, these prices are on par with other style led hatchbacks and they undercut what you'd pay for a comparable MINI Hatch 3-door. Key options include the Dualogic semi-auto gearbox which requires a premium of around £750. So what do you get for your money? Base 'Pop' trim has LED daytime running lights and a Uconnect infotainment system with six speakers, plus AUX-in/USB ports and steering wheel remote controls. Mid-range 'Connect' spec meanwhile, gets you a 7-inch Uconnect infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 500 'Dolcevita' trim level builds on the 'Connect' specification while harking back to the Nuova 500 when it was launched in 1957 with its glamorous style and fine aesthetic details. The interiors include a body-colour dashboard, while outside there are chrome-plated details, a glass sunroof and 15-inch alloy wheels. All 500 models are safe too, with a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, seven airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution, electronic stability control, a Hill Holder clutch to make pulling away on an incline easier and hydraulic brake assistance to help with emergency stops.

Cost of Ownership

One of the advantages of such a small car is that tiny fuel efficient engines are more than adequate for hauling you and your little Fiat around. Particularly the mild hybrid 1.0-litre 'Firefly' unit now fitted to all versions of this car. The electrified system used here recovers energy during braking and deceleration, stores it in a lithium battery with a capacity of 11Ah, and uses it, at a maximum power of 3,600W, to restart the engine in Stop&Start mode and to assist it during acceleration. This technology allows the internal combustion engine to switch off by shifting into neutral, even at speeds below 18mph. The dashboard, which displays information on the hybrid system, prompts the driver when to shift. The mild hybrid propulsion unit works with a 6-gear manual transmission aimed at improving fuel economy in out-of-town driving, thanks to new low-friction bearings and gaskets and the use of a specific high-efficiency lubricant. Expect a WLTP combined cycle fuel reading of 53.3mpg in regular use and an WLTP-rated CO2 emissions figure of between 114 and 120g/km, depending on the 500 version you choose. If you decide to go for the open-topped 500C variant with this engine, you'll see no penalty for either economy or emissions. What else? Well, this car should certainly be cheap to insure. The warranty is a typical three year affair but with a 100,000 mile limit that's significantly higher than some other brands will give you. 500 models hold their value very well and that's unlikely to change any time soon. Don't be tempted to go customisation-crazy with the options list though: not everyone will share your taste or want to pay extra for graphics when it comes time to sell.

Summary

To be honest, Fiat hasn't needed to do a whole lot to retain this 500 model's popularity. It still looks great, it's always been fun to drive and providing the pricing doesn't get too ambitious, the market remains there for it. As for this updated version, well the mild hybrid technology is welcome. And there are plenty of personalisation options for Fiat dealers to talk about in the showroom. Otherwise, things are much as before, which means that the sound and eager response you get from the various engines very much suit the car and though the quoted running cost returns are difficult to achieve in real-world motoring, there's no doubt that this will be a very cheap thing to run indeed, thanks to the mild hybrid tech. Yes, this model remains pretty small inside, but then smallness is all part of the appeal. You'll appreciate that when zipping around town in one. In summary then, this car remains as likeable as ever. Choosing a 'fashionable' little runabout can often be a risk. Here though, is one you can enjoy without a worry.

SEX IN THE CITY (family) 13/01/2020

With June Neary

Introduction

Fiat's 500 is the citycar of the moment. June Neary looks at the revised version

Will It Suit Me?

I'm pleased to say that I don't remember the original Fiat 500. It was half a century ago that car was launched after all. So I can't tell you whether the latest Fiat 500, now recently updated, is a true retro tribute to the original. Sorry. But of course, like me, you don't care. All that matters is that it's cute, it's nippy and it's the latest thing to be seen in. A MINI? That's so yesterday...

Practicalities

I was a bit disappointed to learn that for all its Italian heritage, this car is in fact built in Poland. Oh well, better news comes in the realisation that it has a reputation as an entertaining steer. At 1.65m wide, 1.49m high and 3.55m long, the 500 doesn't take up a great deal of space. For reference, a MINI is much wider, a little lower and a fair bit longer. Even little runabouts like Hyundai's i10 or Volkswagen's up! won't fit into some parking spaces the 500 will be able to squeeze into. My local Lidl supermarket has a ridiculously tight underground carpark, so I can testify to the benefits of this. I tried the revised mild hybrid version but to me, it looks no different. As before, delicious design details drip from this design. It's like a tiny pearl, especially when the ivory finish interior fitted to my test car is specified. There's a very well-judged blend of retro chic and ruthlessly modern contemporary design inside, with circular head restraints, a glass roof and iconic 500 badging on the Panda-sourced dashboard. Chrome-ringed vents and a fascia that can be specified in the same colour as the body are just some of the interior design features. The exterior treatment is cool and clean too. The neighbours had a good old stare.

Behind the Wheel

Fiat knows how to make great little engines for great little cars. But I did wonder what the petrol mild hybrid version might be like. Fiat claims that it's one of the world's cleanest and greenest four-seater petrol-powered production cars. My expectations weren't high. Something driven by battery packs perhaps? Or perhaps so feebly powered that it would struggle to show a bike courier a clean pair of tailpipes. I was wrong. The latest 1.0-litre engine has decent pulling power and works via a 6-speed manual gearbox integrated with a 12-volt 'BSG' 'Belt-integrated Starter Generator', allowing for a quiet, vibration-free restart of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode. The new system also involves lowering the entire power unit 45mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower centre of gravity. In preference to a 500, you could save a few thousand and buy the more practical Fiat Panda with the same mild hybrid tech. But then, you only live once and how often are you going to need five doors in a citycar anyway? If it helps you to justify things, Fiat claims that body rigidity is around 10 per cent better than the Panda's, so in theory, the 500 should be slightly more crash-proof.

Value For Money

As before, there's a choice of fixed-top and convertible 500 models. The open-topped 500C variants require a premium of around £2,500 over their standard counterparts. If you're happy with tin-top 500 motoring, then you'll find pricing that's a fraction higher than before, yet which still starts just shy of £12,600 for the baseline Pop version. Is that good value? Well, trendier town tots nearly all cost more. You'll need to find at least £2,000 more on top of Fiat 500 prices to buy an equivalent MINI. Fiat's Panda is one of the cheapest cars to own, so the '500' will prove little different. Expect well over 50mpg (53.3mpg [WLTP]) in regular use and an NEDC-rated CO2 emissions figure of 88g/km (down from 114g/km before). If you decide to go for the open-topped 500C variant with this engine, you'll see no penalty for either economy or emissions. Depreciation won't be anything like at MINI levels but will be much better than you'd expect on a Panda. Which is good news since insurance costs shouldn't be much more expensive.

Could I Live With One?

I much prefer this approach to retro design to the kind of thing BMW have delivered us with the MINI. It seems more real somehow - and infinitely more exciting. The fact that it's more affordable too is just the icing on the cake. Right now, this remains one of the most fashionable things you can be seen in up and down the high street. How long it will remain that way is, of course, quite another question...

STYLE CHARGE (new2) 13/09/2021

The all-electric New Fiat 500 re-invents and re-defines what this iconic model line should be. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

At last, an all-new third generation Fiat 500. And contrary to appearances, everything is different. This is the very first all-electric car from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles FCA conglomerate, a model to be marketed as 'New 500' and sold alongside the existing petrol hybrid model, which continues for the foreseeable future. This latest car is fractionally bigger than that old second generation model, but continues to be offered in 3-door hatch and convertible body styles. Unlike some stylised direct EV segment rivals, there's a proper driving range of nearly 200 miles with the volume 42kWh version.

Background

A new Fiat 500 is a big deal. We had the cute original in 1957. The New Millennium model that saved Fiat as a car maker, launched in 2007. And this car, introduced in early 2020. It's only offered in full-electric form (which is why the old petrol mild hybrid model carries on). And that's part of the reason development of this MK3 model has been so lengthy. Fiat wanted to wait for battery technology to mature a bit before launching this car - and that's paid off, allowing the brand to engineer in a much longer EV driving range than close rivals, the MINI Electric and the Honda e. "It doesn't feel time to be timid", says Fiat boss Oliver Francois. "This car isn't just for now, it's for the next decade. So it's built new from the ground up and it's all-electric and only electric from day one". But the exterior look is very recognisable, as is the hatch and convertible body style choice.

Driving Experience

There are two battery options available in New 500, but we'd suggest you try and ignore the smaller 24.2kWh unit fitted to the base fixed-top 'Action'-spec model, unless you really are urban-based. This uses a smaller 70kW (93hp) electric motor and restricts you to a WLTP-rated driving range of just 115 miles. Much better to stretch to the 42kWh battery pack that's mated to an 87kW (118hp) motor and is fitted across the rest of the range, including all cabriolet variants. This is good for 186-199 miles and takes half a second off the 0-62mph time (trimming it to 9 seconds). Like all EV's, this one feels even quicker off the mark than that figure suggests (30mph can be reached from rest in just 3.1s), though Fiat has tried to make power delivery quite linear so that you don't use up all your battery charge at once. Maximum speed is restricted though - to just 93mph in the 42kWh model - or 84mph in the 24.2kWh version. Various types of automated driving technology are available, including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and intelligent speed limit assist. Various drive modes are available that will enable you to maximise your driving range. There are three settings - 'Normal', 'Range' and the curiously named 'Sherpa', with the last of these being focused on getting the maximum from the battery, including a navigation program that will limit maximum speed to 50mph and restrict acceleration. The 'Range' mode maximises brake regeneration, meaning that you'll normally only have to drive with one pedal, so great will be the deceleration when you lift off the throttle. But most of the time, you'll be leaving in this car in its 'Normal' setting, in which form it won't require too much acclimatisation over a conventionally-engined supermini.

Design and Build

Don't be deceived by the familiar looks; everything is new here - including the fresh architecture that this car sits upon. That's allowed for a subtle increase in size, both fixed-top and convertible versions of this third generation model being 3.36m long and 1.69m wide, an increase of 6cm in both length and width. The 1.53m height means it's 4cm taller too. Fiat has deliberately made exterior look an evolution of this car's predecessor - specifically in the light and bumper designs. Look more closely though and you'll spot sharper lines and flush door handles, plus the adoption of full-LED headlights. For existing owners, much less will be recognisable inside, where the dashboard is much wider and now topped by a big 10.25-inch touchscreen housing the brand's latest U connect 5 media system. This can deliver navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay. Out back, the 2cm wheelbase increase means that things aren't quite as cramped as before: indeed, Fiat markets the drop-top version of this car (which retains folding fabric sunroof-style top) as 'the world's first 4-seat convertible EV'. The company also reckons that the floor-mounted battery pack won't reduce luggage capacity.

Market and Model

So how much is Fiat's latest EV technology going to cost you? Well, as you'd expect, a fair bit more than you'd pay for the continuing mild hybrid petrol combustion 500 model, which at the time of our test in Spring 2022 retailed from just over £14,000 in hatchback form. From launch, a hatchback New 500 EV was pitched from just under £22,500 after deduction of the usual £1,500 government Plug-in car Grant - but that only gets you the base 'Action'-specced variant featuring a smaller 24kWh battery with a lesser 115 mile driving range - a derivative only offered in hatchback form and one that few customers for this car will want. The 42kWh battery model we tried with its 186 to 199 mile range is the version you'll probably be looking at - and that costs quite a bit more again. The spec level nearly everyone chooses with this car is 'Icon' trim, a variant which comes with grant-deducted figures of just under £27,500 for the hatchback version - or just under £30,000 if you want this Fiat as a Convertible, with a fabric-folding sunroof-style top. If you can afford more, the brand also offers an even better-equipped 'La Prima' variant - costing £2,000 extra in either case. Across the 42kWh model range, you get the brand's latest 'U connect 5' 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment screen, which is fully connected and based on the Android operating system. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring. The 'La Prima'-spec model comes with a panoramic glass roof, full-LED headlights, 17-inch diamond-cut wheels and chrome-plated side panel inserts. It will be offered with three exclusive paint shades. Inside, there's eco-leather upholstery for the dashboard and the seats. Safety kit includes big car-style features like autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and a 360-degree parking assist system. As an option, Fiat is offering an intelligent adaptive cruise control system, which combines automatic lane keeping and a feature that will keep you a predefined distance from the vehicle ahead.

Cost of Ownership

In volume 42kWh form, the new 500 features an 85kW DC rapid charging system that can recharge the battery from empty to 80% capacity in just 35 minutes and can provide the car with 31 miles of driving range in just 5 minutes. Buyers can also get a Fiat-branded wall charging box that offers 3kW charging and apparently doesn't need to be professionally installed. This wallbox can be upgraded to allow for 7.4kW charging at home. That 7.4kW wall box allows you to fully charge this electric 500 in just over 6 hours. The car also comes with a mode 3 cable for charging at up to 11kW from a public charging point. It can be charged via AC or DC power points. The important driving range figure for the 42kWh model is quoted at 186-199 miles on the WLTP cycle - which is close to the 211 mile EV driving figure you'll get from an EV supermini in the next class up, like a Peugeot e-208 or a Vauxhall Corsa-e. The lesser 24.2kWh New 500 EV variant (which uses a 50kW fast charging system) has a driving range of 115 miles - close to the 144 mile figure claimed by the MINI Electric (which only comes with a 29kWh battery pack). As usual with a Fiat, this car is covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and there's 36 months of breakdown cover included as well. Should you have a problem on a journey, you can use the 'Uconnect' infotainment system to contact roadside assistance and the same set-up can also be used to book routine services too.

Summary

In the past, Fiat 500 buyers have shown a desire to spend plenty on cars from this model line - which is just as well because they'll have to spend plenty to enter the era of 'New 500'. Looking at the list figures, you can see why it was so vital that the old model should continue as a more affordable option - a stepping stone to this new design So is this new EV-era 500 worth aspiring to? We think many loyal (mainly female) buyers will think so. It's just as stylish as its MINI Electric and Honda e rivals and set a new high bar in terms of driving range for a tiny EV that embarrasses both of them. Which goes some way to justifying a high price that hopefully will become more accessible as the range broadens. This is no longer the cheap Peoples' Car it once was. But without doubt, it retains the spirit of the original.

Fiat 500 average rating: 4.5/5 (68 reviews)

Ms Y Gregson - 19/02/20, owner of a Fiat 500

User rating: 4/5

User comment:
Very early days to comment other than I am happy with the style and the overall look of the car. The performance is good I just need to get accustomed to Automatic drive, but I am satisfied with my purchase.

Mrs L Moore - 16/02/20, owner of a Fiat 500X HATCHBACK 1.3 Sport 5dr DCT 2019

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
The car, a Fiat 500X Sport is excellent and beyond my expectations.

Mrs A Joseph - 05/10/19, owner of a Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge 3dr

User rating: 5/5

User comment:
Apart from having trouble setting time and date. This car is great to drive and comfortable my husband who has trouble getting in and out of cars has no trouble with my Fiat 500. This is an ideal ladies car.

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