Fiat 500 Urbana Edition

2018 Fiat 500

Pros: Unique, spunky personality; affordable prices on lower-end models; nimble handling, especially on Abarth model

Cons: Models with sport suspension ride stiffly; convertible’s folded top blocks rear visibility; super-cramped back seat; narrow cabin; limited front-seat headroom for tall occupants

CG Says: All 2018 Fiat 500s now have a turbocharged engine with the base models gaining 34 horsepower thanks to the addition of the turbo. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is tuned to produce 135 hp in base models and 160 hp in the sporty Abarth. Five-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions are available. There have also been some styling tweaks this year. Fiat 500 is a front-wheel-drive subcompact available in two-door hatchback and convertible bodystyles. The 500 Cabrio is an unconventional convertible with a power-operated fabric panel down the middle of the car that retracts on fixed roof rails. Because of its nimble handling, we put 500 in our Sporty/Performance Car category. Even the most basic Fiat 500 is brimming with European personality. All are fun to drive, with the high-performance Abarth being among the most engaging cars in its price class. We especially love that model’s throaty exhaust. High-end versions of the 500 are on the pricey side. Further, Fiat recommends premium-grade gasoline for all 500s, even standard versions, which increases operating costs a bit. Still, the wide variety of models and features means there’s a 500 that can suit pretty much any taste.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Fiat
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices Pop hatchback: NA
Pop Cabrio convertible: NA
Lounge hatcback: NA
Lounge Cabrio convertible: NA
Abarth hatchback: NA
Abarth Cabrio convertible: NA

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-Liter 4-cylinder
135 (160 in Abarth)
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
2018 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - 4

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