2017 Fiat 500e

Pros: Surprisingly peppy and fun-to-drive; nimble handling; close-quarters maneuverability; decently smooth ride for a subcompact-sized car

Cons: Limited availability; standard 500’s already-cramped rear-seat space is further compromised by electric motor’s battery pack; limited driving range; high price compared to gas-engine Fiat 500

CG Says: The 2017 Fiat 500e is unchanged. The 500e is an electric, subcompact two-door hatchback that seats four. The electric Fiat 500e is quiet, rides smoothly, and feels very solid, which is saying a lot for an electric car. It also happens to be a blast to drive. It boasts a maximum range of 87 miles on a full charge, which is average among its peers (Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Nissan Leaf), but its fastest charging time of 4 hours is among the best in class. While it costs a substantial amount more than a fossil-fuel-powered Fiat 500, its price is reasonable compared to the other electric vehicles from major automakers. The 500e is only sold in California and Oregon. Its small size means it’s easy to park, but it doesn’t have the interior space of its main competition. Overall, don’t miss this EV if you’re in the market for a “green” machine.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Fiat
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices Base: $31,800

Base Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
111
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
121 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
103 MPGe