Launch Report: Fiat 500e boasts class-leading range and performance

06 August 2021

The Fiat 500e has an iconic retro design that is immediately recognisable. In addition to the standard hatchback, the model is available as a convertible and a ‘3+1’, with a reverse-opening rear door on the passenger side. The 500 is a brand in its own right, with a great image and awareness – the Fiat badge on the front grille of the 500e has even been replaced by a ‘500’ logo.

The 500e has a very good turning circle and is easy to park because of its small size. The seats are comfortable for a city car, and the soundproofing is good, despite some road noise on the motorway. The driving style is dynamic, and effortless in one-pedal mode. This all makes the model especially suitable for urban use, with drivers of the 500 making ideal targets for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

With two battery sizes (23.8kWh and 42kWh) and the three body styles, the 500e covers many more user profiles than A-segment rivals. It has class-leading range and higher power output than key competitors, as well as offering DC fast-charging up to 50kW (23.8kWh battery) or 85kW (42kWh battery). Recharging the battery up to 80% is quick with a fast-charging point too, meaning the 500e can be used for longer journeys. It also has good acceleration and a top speed of up to 150km/h, which enhance the car’s suitability for everyday use.

The fresh and modern interior aligns with the retro exterior and features a well-integrated digital display and air vents, as well as a 10-inch screen on the top trim line. The gearstick has been replaced by four buttons, which is modern and practical. Although some driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are optional, the 500e does have important ADAS features as standard, and it is the first city car to offer SAE Level 2 autonomous driving.

The 42kWh variant will presumably be the high-volume model of the electric Fiat and has impressive performance data. It is priced more closely to B-segment battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) but has an official range of 323km according to WLTP. This is just below the Peugeot e-208, but it travels further on a single charge than the more expensive Honda e and Mini Electric, for example. However, the 500e is significantly smaller, with a lower maximum boot volume and payload.

Click here or on the image above to read Autovista Group’s benchmarking of the Fiat 500e in Austria, France, Germany, and Italy. The interactive launch report presents new prices, forecast RVs and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis.