2015 FIAT 500c Overview
- Convertible version of the four-seat micro-car
- Also offered in five trim levels, including the high-performance Abarth trim
- New technology added for 2015
The 2015 Fiat 500c takes all of the positive attributes of the 500 and adds an appetizing cherry on top with its retractable soft-top roof.
Most at home in urban environments, the 500c’s small footprint makes it easier to park on crowded streets and its good city fuel economy means less trips to the gas station as well. For 2015, the cabin gets a few technology upgrades that include standard Bluetooth audio streaming and an extra USB port for charging in the center console. The instrument panel has also been updated; instead of traditional gauges with bouncing needles, a seven-inch screen digitizes the view for the driver.
The 500c’s soft-top isn’t fully retractable like a traditional convertible. It peels back from the roof and accordions down at its base located to the rear of the 500c, leaving the side windows and glass in place which helps to keep the cabin a bit quieter even as the sun’s rays creep in. 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, 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 new for 2015 six-speed automatic, which is also available on the Abarth. 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 the aforementioned 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 remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, and Bluetooth connectivity (now with audio streaming). 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.