2018 500
Fiat 500
Fiat 500

2019 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: The 2019 Fiat 500 revives its throwback 1957 Retro Edition. Last seen in 2016, the 1957 Retro Edition adds trim that recalls the first Fiat 500 of that year. Otherwise, the 500 is unchanged. The 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. All 500s are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that is tuned to produce 135 horsepower in base models and 160 hp in the sporty Abarth. Five-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions are available. 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: $17,740
Pop Cabrio convertible: $19,245
1957 Retro Edition hatchback: $21,240
1957 Retro Edition Cabrio convertible: $22,735
Lounge hatchback: $21,240
Lounge Cabrio convertible: $22,745
Abarth hatchback: $21,990
Abarth Cabrio convertible: $23,485

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)

Fiat 500 Abarth
2019 Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
2019 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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