- New “Easy” trim level for 2016
- Standard 5-inch touchscreen audio system
- High-performance Abarth model available
The tiny 2016 FIAT 500 microcar adds a new trim level and some standard features for 2016, including a standard 5-inch touchscreen and five new exterior colors.
The 500 is a car that is built for cities, with its small footprint that makes it easier to park on crowded streets and good city fuel economy, which means fewer trips to the pump as well. The 500 is now offered in six trim levels, with the new Easy trim level added to the mix: Pop, Easy, Sport, Lounge, Turbo, and the high-performance Abarth. Pop, Easy, Sport, and Lounge models are the tamest of the five, while the Turbo and the legitimately bonkers Abarth offer more performance.
Though it turned heads when it debuted, the 500’s styling is now a natural part of the automotive landscape. Its four wheels sit pushed out far to the corners of the car, giving it tiny front and rear overhangs. The 500 is most often referred to as cute thanks to its small, upright stature. Circular headlamps flank a slim grille highlighted by the prominent FIAT logo in the center. Fog lights, a power sunroof, and a large glass roof which lets in extra sunshine are all optional.
Under the hood, there are three engine options. Pop, Easy, Sport, and Lounge models feature a 101-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. Turbo models get a more powerful 135-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The Abarth gets the most powerful engine of the bunch, a 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 170 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a heavy-duty five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Fuel economy ratings are 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway for models with the the base engine, while Turbo models get 28/34 mpg/highway.
Interior styling matches what you see on the outside, with a dashboard that is visually dominated by a large, body-colored plastic trim piece that surrounds the instrument panel and covers much of the passenger side of the dash. Standard features include UConnect infotainment, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and Bluetooth connectivity (with audio streaming). Dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, and a BeatsAudio sound system are optional.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and active front head restraints.