2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback

City mpg:
28
Highway mpg:
33

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the FIAT 500 Pop include 1.4L I-4 135hp MultiAir intercooled turbo engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 FIAT
500 Hatchback

Starting at: $16,245

  • Manufacturer Offer

    Financing Offer : 0.0% APR for 36 months on select FIAT models

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    Applies to select new 2018 FIAT 500 and 500c.

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    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.0% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 36 monthly payments of $27.78 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.0% APR for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $41.67 per $1000 financed. 0.9% APR for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $26.03 per $1000 financed. 0.9% APR for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $24.2 per $1000 financed. 0.9% APR for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $21.22 per $1000 financed. 1.9% APR for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $17.48 per $1000 financed. 3.9% APR for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $15.6 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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    $1,250 cash back on select 2018 FIAT models

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Premium audio system - Uconnect 5.0
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Speaker type - Alpine
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 135hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 150 lb.-ft. @ 2,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 72.0mm x 84.0mm (2.83" x 3.31")
  • Compression ratio - 9.80 to 1
  • GVWR - 1,520kg (3,350lbs)
  • Exterior length - 3,546mm (139.6")
  • Exterior body width - 1,628mm (64.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,519mm (59.8")
  • Wheelbase - 2,301mm (90.6")
  • Turning radius - 4.7m (15.3')
  • Front legroom - 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Rear legroom - 805mm (31.7")
  • Front headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Rear headroom - 904mm (35.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,217mm (47.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,082mm (42.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,255mm (49.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,179mm (46.4")
  • Passenger volume - 2,138L (75.5 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 269 L (10 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 852 L (30 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 135hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 150 lb.-ft. @ 2,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 30mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 10.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 28mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 33mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Sport suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 195/45HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 195/45HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear - ParkView yes

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Pop 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Pop Search New $16,245   135-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Pop 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Pop Search New $16,245   135-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Pop 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Pop Search New $16,245   135-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Lounge 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Lounge Search New $19,745   135-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Lounge 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Lounge Search New $19,745   135-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Lounge 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Lounge Search New $19,745   135-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Abarth 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Abarth Search New $20,495   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Abarth 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Abarth Search New $20,495   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  
Abarth 2018 FIAT 500 Hatchback Abarth Search New $20,495   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  28 / 33  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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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.

Walk Around

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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 Overview

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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.

Summary

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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.

Model Lineup

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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.

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