2014 FIAT 500c Overview
- Convertible version of the Fiat 500
- Available in three trim levels: Pop, Lounge, and high-performance Abarth
- Up to 40 mpg highway
The 2014 Fiat 500c combines the style and urban-friendly form of the 500 with the fun of top-down motoring.
It’s worth noting that the 500c is not a convertible in the traditional sense, where stowing the top removes the entire roof structure. The 500c’s convertible top functions more like an enlarged panoramic moonroof; the canvas top slides backwards and accordions down leaving the side pillars and windows in place. The top can be opened at speeds of up to 60 mph. Instead of a hatchback like the 500 has, the 500c has a dedicated trunk compartment below where the roof ends.
The 500c is offered in three trim levels, Pop, Lounge, and the high-performance Abarth. Pop and Lounge models share an engine, a 101-hp, 1.4-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Abarth gets its own engine, a 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 pounds-feet of torque and is only offered with a heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission. The Abarth also adds some unique touches, including a dual exhaust, performance suspension, sport seats, and a rear spoiler.
Fuel economy figures max out at 31/40 mpg city/highway for base engine models with the manual transmission (27/34 mpg city/highway with the automatic).
Inside, the 500c is just as stylish as it is on the outside. The front is 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 remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB/iPod input. Automatic temperature control and a Beats By Dre audio system are optional.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability system, and active front head restraints.