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2017 FIAT 500 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Revised trim levels
  • Standard Uconnect multimedia system
  • High-performance Abarth trim level available
The 2017 FIAT 500 is an ultracompact city car that manages to squeeze in 4 passengers. It competes with the MINI Hardtop, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagen Beetle. The 500C is the convertible (“Cabrio”) version of the 500, and will be covered in a separate overview. 

This year, the trim levels have been simplified down to three: the Pop, Lounge, and Abarth.

Overall, the 500 has a gentle, cute appearance to match its diminutive size. The front-end features small, circular headlights and a smiley lower fascia. At the rear, a long, chrome bar stretches across the bumper. It gets a little spicier with the Abarth trim, which has a sportier, wide-mouth lower fascia and multi-spoke wheels. 15-inch aluminum wheels come standard. Exterior graphics, chrome exterior accents, a power moonroof, a rear spoiler, and larger 16- or 17-inch aluminum wheels are also available.

Under the hood, the 500 is powered by a standard 101-hp, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Abarth has a more powerful 160-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that produces 170 pounds-feet of torque. It, too, is paired to a heavy-duty 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy for the 500 is an EPA-estimated 33/38 mpg city/highway. It slightly lowers to a 28/34 mpg rating for the turbocharged Abarth.

Inside, the 500 keeps a retro-inspired interior with modern sensibilities. The 7-inch circular instrument cluster bears resemblance to a dial found on vintage scientific equipment. The center stack features the Uconnect multimedia system that includes a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded with an integrated navigation system and a Beat premium audio system. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. Dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats are available as well.

Standard safety features include a backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 28 - 31 MPG
  • Highway: 33 - 38 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

32 of 35 (91%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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