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2018 FIAT 500e

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Overview

Some cars try to take over the world, while others confine themselves to a country or two. And then there’s the 2018 Fiat 500e, which will continue its reign over…Oregon and California. The 2018 Fiat 500e is what’s called a compliance vehicle, which means that it’s sold to bring the brand’s average mileage down to meet state laws. It promises to bring style back to the world of electric cars, wrapped up in the smallest of packages.

What's New for 2018

The Fiat 500e returns unchanged for 2018.

Choosing Your Fiat 500e

All 500e’s share the same powertrain, a 83-kilowatt electric motor and 24-kilowatt-hour battery that produces a less-than-mighty 111 horsepower, though 147 pound-feet of instantaneously available torque helps keep things interesting.

The batteries are good for 84 miles of range, which is down slightly from 2017’s number – because of changes in the EPA’s testing algorithm. The EPA estimates that the 500e gets the equivalent of 103 miles per gallon city, 121 MPGe highway, and 112 MPGe combined. All models are front-wheel drive and use a single-speed automatic transmission.

Though small by electric-car standards, the batteries still take up extra space in the 500’s already cramped frame. Cargo space is down more than two cubic feet from the gas version, leaving just 7.0 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Those rear seats are equally cramped, as the electric version has four inches less leg room than the original.

In the front seats, life is better. Synthetic leather surfaces, heated front seats, and a five-inch navigation-equipped infotainment touchscreen help give the 500e a premium feel. Other features are divided over two simple trims: Base and E-Sport.

Base

A base Fiat 500e starts at $34,240 (all prices include a $1,245 destination charge), which is up $250 from last year thanks to the newly risen destination fee. It rolls on low-resistance 15-inch tires. Automatic temperature control is standard, as is parking assist, heated power side mirrors, and smartphone connectivity.

Besides exterior color, of which there are five, Fiat offers very little choice by way of options. There are a few available aesthetic upgrades (like fancier rims), an All Weather Package ($225, slush mats, cargo tray), and a power sunroof ($795).

E-Sport

Fiat calls the 500e E-Sport a trim in its press releases, but it’s essentially a glorified package. For $34,735 ($495 more than the base model), the E-Sport adds orange-trimmed black rims, black-trimmed lights, orange side mirrors, and an orange body side stripe. Otherwise, options remain minimal.

CarsDirect Tip

The E-Sport package isn’t worth the cash, so if you're looking for a zero-emission vehicle in Oregon or California, the 2018 Fiat 500e in base trim will do just fine.

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The 2018 Fiat 500e is a “compliance car,” or a model built to satisfy regulatory requirements in certain states, that is only available in California and Oregon. The Fiat 500e is fun to drive, clean, and easy to move around town. Its main drawbacks are that it's only available in small numbers and its range is less than that of many other models. Also, there's no fast charging capability available.

Best Value

The 2018 Fiat 500e is a tiny hatchback sedan that supplies room for four, although its rear seat is quite cramped. Fiat offers the 2018 in one trim and equips this model with an electric motor and a 24-kilowatt lithium-ion battery. Fully equipped, this electric Fiat will cost you about $35,000. Buyers may be eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit as well as state tax breaks.

Our pick is, of course, the only model available. It comes with 15-inch aluminum wheels, full power accessories, a five-inch color display, Bluetooth connectivity, and imitation leather seats. Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Fiat 500e
  • Engine: 83-kilowatt electric motor
  • Output: 111 hp / 147 lb-ft
  • Transmission: : Single-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 121 City / 103 Hwy miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe)
  • Options: eSport Package ($495, black trimmed lights, 15-inch aluminum wheels, orange mirror cap with body-side stripe), power sunroof ($795)
  • Base Price: $34,240 (including a $1,245 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $35,530

Performance

The 2018 Fiat 500e offers a surprising benefit – its weight is nicely distributed thanks to the battery pack. This means it feels less top heavy than the standard 500, which is especially helpful on turns.

As is typical of any electric vehicle, the 500e benefits from a smooth and effortless launch. You can expect about 84 miles of all-electric driving range, which is less than most competitors. Its top speed is 88 mph, but you’ll want to keep your speed low and even to maximize range.

One disappointment is the lack of a fast charging option. In this area, Fiat is truly behind the competition.

Style

Happily, the 500e looks very much like the 500. Fiat didn’t feel the need to stray far from the gasoline-powered model. The main differences include slight changes to the front and rear bumpers and the door sills to reduce drag, which helps vehicle range. A few badges on the exterior are also unique to this model. As for the interior, it's identical except for some space changes.

The cabin features the body-colored dashboard fans like. The front seats are more cramped in this model than the standard 500. Further, the rear seat loses some of the space that made it passable even for short trips. Leg room is down as Fiat uses some of that space and a portion of the cargo area to house the battery. Thus, cargo space drops by two cubic feet to 7.0 cubic feet.

The Best and Worst Things

An electric Fiat! Truly, this alone is the best thing about this version of the 500. Sadly, we know that this is a compliance car, so this means Fiat’s heart wasn’t into it. Had this model been intended for a national release, we might have seen some trim differences as well as care to preserve interior and cargo space. Also, unless you live in California or Oregon, you’ll only be able to purchase one in those two states and you’ll probably need to work closely with a dealer to acquire one.

Right For? Wrong For?

If you’re already a Fiat fan, then the 500e is a natural addition to your portfolio. It certainly helps that there are federal and state tax breaks available. Otherwise, the 500e wouldn’t make sense for nearly every consumer. On the other hand, if you have a long commute and need the benefit of fast charging, the 2018 Fiat 500e falls short.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Fiat 500e brings Italian electrification to a market peppered with small models. Its small footprint gives it a big advantage in maneuvering and parking. But tall drivers and individuals needing a longer range with a quick charging option will need to look elsewhere.



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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
111 HP / 147 ft.lbs.
Transmission
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
121 / 103 / 113 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
111 HP / 147 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
key
121 / 103 / 113 Mpge
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Electric
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
7.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
79 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
142.4 "
Exterior Width
64.1 "
Exterior Height
60.1 "
Front Headroom
38.9 " / 37.6 "
Rear Headroom
35.5 "
Front Legroom
40.7 "
Rear Legroom
27.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
49.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
46.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,980 Lbs.
Wheel Base
91 "
Turning Radius
15.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Silver Aluminum / 15.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
None
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Uconnect 3 Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6 Alpine
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

Used 2018 FIAT 500e for Sale

2 vehicles found within 100 miles of your area
FIAT
Battery Electric
Color: Gray
Price

$12,049

Mileage

25,521 mi

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California Motor Trade 3 (48 mi)

Phone: (951) 550-0724
FIAT
Battery Electric
Color: Silver
Price

$15,999

Mileage

19,322 mi

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Budget Rent A Car - Sales (20 mi)

Phone: (562) 407-2800

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Color: Gray
Price

$10,995

Mileage

37,407 mi

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Phone: (818) 455-5588
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Color: Silver
Price

$9,850

Mileage

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JNB Motor Inc. (19 mi)

Phone: (626) 308-0006
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