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
Horsepower
135 (160 in Abarth)
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-33

2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
2018 Fiat 500 Abarth
2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
2018 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 4
80%

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