Fiat 500 Electric Review 2024

Fiat 500 Electric At A Glance

4/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Fiat 500 Electric is an affordable city car that’s packed with Italian retro charm. Easy to drive, comfortable and capable of travelling up to 199-miles on a full charge, it’s an accomplished small EV.

+Good to drive at urban speeds. Comfortable and supportive front seats. Attractive retro styling. Advertised 199-mile range from 42kWh battery.

-The 24kW version is limited to just 118 miles. Lots of road and wind noise on the motorway. High spec versions can get pricey.

New prices start from £25,495, brokers can source from £18,995
Insurance Groups are between 14–21

Fiat's retro city car has been given a 2030-friendly makeover: it's now entirely electric. Or, at least, this one is.

Confusingly, Fiat is continuing to sell the old petrol (or rather mild-hybrid) 500 in the UK. But for buyers who are ready to make the leap to electric, the latest 500 model comes with an electric drivetrain and a choice of two battery sizes: 24kWh and 42kWh.

Intended to rival other cheap electric cars like the Honda E, MINI Electric and Volkswagen e-Up, the Fiat 500 Electric has an official range of 118 miles or 199 miles, depending on which battery pack you opt for.

It's slightly bigger than the petrol Fiat 500, while more space between the front and rear wheels means there's more room inside. Don't expect to use either of them as a family car, the rear seats are very small and only suitable for very small children at best.

There's a range of three core trim levels: Action, Icon and La Prima. Top-spec models come with a swish 10.2-inch navigation system as well as a button-free 'pebble' keyfob and seats made from recycled ocean plastics. There's also a limited edition Red trim, which comes highly equipped with climate control, special edition fabric seats and alloy wheels. 

Interestingly, as well as the standard hatchback model, you can also buy a soft-top Fiat 500 Electric. That's a rarity, matched only by the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio.

Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Fiat 500 Electric review.

Ask Honest John

What will be best car to buy for low mileage user?

"I do approximately 3000 miles a year mostly in short journeys and my latest 2022 Nissan keeps suffering a flat battery. I have had it checked and everything is fine I just need to drive it more. I have decided to get rid but am nervous about making the same mistake again. Do I go for an electric car or do I risk another small petrol car. I was thinking about a Hyundai i10 but will this also have a small battery on it which cannot cope with the load."
A modern car should be able to be left for extended periods without a flat battery. You could always consider a trickle charger to keep the battery topped up - something like the CTEK MXS: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/review-ctek-battery-charger-mxs-50/. If you don't have access to electricity where you park your car, you could look at a solar-powered trickle charger - this can be left on your dashboard and uses the sun to keep your battery topped up. A Hyundai i10 is a great little car and ought to be reliable. But an EV would be ideal for your requirements - the main battery will provide power to the 12V battery, so it's less likely to leave you stranded if unused for a longer period. We'd recommend a Fiat 500 Electric or Peugeot e-208.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What is the safest small car?

"What would be the safest small car to buy, Fiat 500 size? "
The smallest cars (classed as city cars) generally have lower Euro NCAP safety ratings than larger models, but it's often more due to the reduced level of driver-assist technology rather than their crash test scores. This is done to keep the price low. We'd avoid the Fiat 500 in petrol form as it has below average adult and child occupant protection scores, but the new electric 500e has decent ratings. Pretty much every other city car has a three star Euro NCAP rating, which is acceptable, but the Seat Mii/VW Up/Skoda Citigo models all have good occupant protection scores. The latest Kia Picanto also scores well, particularly with the optional safety pack, as does the Smart ForFour. If ultimate safety matters, though, larger models like the latest VW Polo and Skoda Fabia have top five star ratings.
Answered by Lawrence Allan

What is the average price of an electric car?

"What is the average price of an electric car?"
Electric cars vary dramatically in price. The cheapest start from around £20,000 for a Fiat 500 Electric or Smart EQ Fortwo (more here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/cheapest-electric-car/), while you can easily spend more than £100,000 on cars like the Mercedes EQS and Porsche Taycan. You might find this electric vehicle guide useful: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/is-an-electric-car-right-for-me/
Answered by Andrew Brady

What are the best value electric cars?

"What are the best value electric cars? "
An MG ZS EV represents excellent value for money, as does the MG 5 EV estate car. If you're looking for something smaller, consider a Vauxhall Corsa-e or Fiat 500 Electric. A Smart EQ Fortwo could be a good urban runaround if you don't wish to travel very far. This might help: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/cheapest-electric-car/
Answered by Andrew Brady
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What does a Fiat 500 Electric cost?

Buy new from £18,995(list price from £26,195)