2018 Fiat 500

 
2018 Fiat 500
 
2018 Fiat 500
 

2018 Fiat 500

MSRP 
$17,540
Invoice 
$17,393
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 135 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The FIAT 500 is a small 4-seater with cute looks and ferocious performance capability. It's relatively inexpensive, but does have some upscale pretentions, with some trims competing directly with rivals like the MINI Cooper S.

Like much more expensive Italian cars, the FIAT 500 offers more customization potential than is typical for an inexpensive small car. With a FIAT Studio system at dealerships, buyers can customize with interior and exterior accessories, striping packages and more.

FIAT 500 Abarth models also live up to the "small but wicked" approach that inspired the 1960s-era performance models before. The idea is to offer high performance in a small car, with a dash of exotic Italian personality.

Safety is also a strong point for the 500; it's been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

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What's New For 2018

For 2018, FIAT has continued streamlining trim levels for the 500 lineup, but not without the epic surprise of upgrading all trims to the MultiAir 1.4L turbo engines as standard equipment. Pop and Lounge trim levels not only benefit from updated turbo engines but also include new "turbo" badging on the rear lift gate, 16-inch alloy wheels, a performance braking system, sportier suspension, ground effects, fog lamps and a sport rear spoiler.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 3 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Fiat 500

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • 276w Regular Amplifier
    • 6 Alpine Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Uconnect 3 w/5" Display
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Aluminum
    • Tires: 195/45R16XL
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Front License Plate Bracket
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
    • Interior Trim -inc: Body-Colored Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Partial Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Driver And Front Passenger Armrests
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo
    • Transmission: 5-Speed C510 Manual
    • 50 State Emissions
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.35 Axle Ratio
    • 500CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 120 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 10.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.1
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 9.4
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 9.5
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 30.1
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 500
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 120
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - EAM
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.4 L/83
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 135 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 150 @ 2400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 90.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 139.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 64.1
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 55.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 55
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 4.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 10.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 75.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.9
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 49.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 47.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 31.7
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 46.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 42.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 30.6
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - FIAT 500
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - T1D
    • Rear Tire Order Code - T1D
    • Front Tire Size - P195/45HR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/45HR16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DDE
    • Trans Order Code - DF4
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.91
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.04
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.24
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.37
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.52
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.56
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.16
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.87
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.91
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.19
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.35
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.50
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Minicompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.9
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.5
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2366
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2437
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2018 Fiat 500 Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Bianco White Ice Brillante Red Granito Gray Laser Blue Metallic Luminosa Orange Metallo Gray Oliva Green Pearl PBX Perla White Tri-Coat Pompei Silver Vesuvio Black Pearl
  • Bianco White Ice
  • Brillante Red
  • Granito Gray
  • Laser Blue Metallic
  • Luminosa Orange
  • Metallo Gray
  • Oliva Green Pearl
  • PBX
  • Perla White Tri-Coat
  • Pompei Silver
  • Vesuvio Black Pearl

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Introduction

The Fiat 500 offers character in place of spaciousness, Italian charm in place of performance. Under the hood, though, the new turbocharged base engine delivers 33 percent more horsepower than its non-turbo predecessor. Essentially, it’s the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine installed in 2015-16 Turbo models.

Except for a new spoiler, side-sill ground effects extensions, and body-colored front/rear fascias, the 500 hatchback and Cabrio haven’t changed sharply in appearance for the 2018 model year. In fact, they still look quite similar to the original 2012 version, a modern rendition of the Fiat 500, or cinquecento, that debuted in the 1950s.

New 16-inch aluminum wheels are mounted. A rearview camera is now standard, as are foglamps and a sports suspension.

As before, the Fiat 500 comes in Pop, Lounge, and Abarth trim levels. Each has front-wheel drive and is offered either as a hatchback or a Cabrio, the latter featuring a power-folding fabric roof.

Standard in Pop and Lounge models, the new base engine develops 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Although the power increase is most welcome when merging or passing, the lower-powered 500 doesn’t quite qualify as sporty.

That’s the goal of the Abarth edition, packing a free-breathing, 160-horsepower version of the 1.4-liter turbo four, developing 170 pound-feet of torque. (With automatic, output drops to 157 horsepower, but torque reaches 183 pound-feet.) Both engines mate with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Crash-test results are troubling. Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 500 a four-star rating overall and for frontal impact, with five stars for side-impact. For 2018, the agency gave the hatchback a four-star frontal score, but no ratings overall or for side-impact.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 model’s driver’s side a Poor rating for small-overlap frontal crash protection. No rating was issued for the passenger side. In side-impact and moderate-overlap testing, the 500 earned Good scores.

The newly standard rearview camera is most welcome on Cabrios, which suffer dismal rearward vision when the roof is down. Advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking and active lane control, are unavailable.

Lineup

Pop hatchback ($16,245) comes with the 135-horsepower turbo engine, 5-speed manual gearbox,16-inch wheels, rearview camera, sport spoiler, 5.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, cloth seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth. A 6-speed automatic transmission and navigation are optional. (Prices do not include $1,245 destination charge.)

Lounge hatchback ($19,745) adds heated leather-trimmed front seats, automatic climate control, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, fixed glass roof, and chromed shift knob.

Abarth hatchback ($20,495) upgrades to the 160-horsepower turbo four, along with red brake calipers, a performance-tuned suspension, forged 16-inch wheels, and high-back cloth seats. Manual air conditioning is standard.

Pop Cabrio ($17,740) is equipped like Pop hatchback, but substitutes a black power-folding roof and adds rear parking sensors.

Lounge Cabrio ($21,240) is equipped like Lounge hatchback, but with power-folding roof.

Abarth Cabrio ($21,990) is equipped like Abarth hatchback, but with power-folding roof.

Walkaround

Not many cars can claim to look like nothing else on the road, but Fiat’s indisputably charming, stylish 500 is one of them. In addition to presenting a delightfully cute profile, fully capturing the essence of the old “cinquecento” model, it’s one of the smallest cars available.

What might be dubbed “button” style round headlights flank a small grille opening, suggestive of European minicars of the distant past. Up front, some added bulkiness brings the 500 in line with today’s crash-safety requirements. The new standard spoiler looks sharp, but not overly obtrusive.

Abarth models display some uniquely sporty details, including red brake calipers, in accord with their rambunctious nature.

On Cabrio models, the fabric roof power-folds into the rear. Unfortunately, it practically blocks rearward views.

Interior

Reflecting their heritage, body-colored Fiat 500 dashboards flaunt a jumble of buttons and variety of textures, shunning the familiar black trim. Unconventional design helps conceal some low-budget materials.

Four adults simply won’t fit into the hatchback, in particular, without agreeing to some comfort compromises. Rear legroom totals a modest 31.7 inches, making them more useful as a cargo shelf than a seating position, especially for longer treks.

Front seats are larger and more appealing than those in back, but they’re thinly padded and somewhat upright. For that reason, a taller driver might be short on head clearance. Lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility might not please younger buyers.

Cargo space is oddly shaped as well as skimpy, at a mere 9.5 cubic feet (5.4 cubic feet in Cabrios). Except for the battery-powered 500e variant, these Fiats can be noisy, especially the Abarth, whose abundant sounds amplify its rowdier personality.

Driving Impressions

Increased base-engine power is a welcome change, even if it doesn’t make the Pop or Lounge edition seriously sporty. Turbo power gives the less-potent models a degree of confidence that was previously absent. Even so, the base engine still demands a rather heavy foot on the gas pedal to keep it at optimum strength.

Only the Abarth edition feels truly energetic, even though its horsepower rating isn’t dramatically higher than the base engine delivers. Especially when cold, starting up in the morning, the crackling Abarth exhaust can be as enticing as a siren’s song to an enthusiast’s ear.

In manual-shift models, the shift lever has to move quite a long way when changing gears. Clutch behavior doesn’t feel right, either, engaging at a pedal-travel position that seems too high. For daily driving and commuter duty, the automatic transmission might be a wiser choice.

Expect a relatively bouncy ride, which is a typical characteristic with small cars. On long hauls, in particular, the Fiat 500 can start to feel a bit jittery, due at least in part to the sport-tuned suspension (performance-tuned on Abarth versions).

Fuel economy isn’t as appealing as expected, compared to other small cars. With automatic, all three trim levels are EPA-rated at the same 24/32 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined. Manual shift raises the estimates to 28/33 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined. Premium gasoline is recommended.

Summary

Since its inception as a 2012 model, the still-charming Fiat 500 has focused on style and panache over performance. For plenty of buyers, character and personality take precedence over any cabin flaws or roadgoing imperfections. A more potent Abarth promises boisterous fun, but it’s not suitable for everybody. Fiat offers Abarth buyers a free day of instruction at a track in Arizona.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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