Fiat 600e Review 2023

Fiat 600e At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Fiat 600e is a likeable electric SUV, offered with a simple range line-up and efficient electric motor. We don't think it's quite as appealing as the smaller 500e, though, while rivals like the Hyundai Kona Electric are better all-rounders.

+Relatively affordable to buy. Very useable 254-mile range. Top-spec La Prime is particularly well-equipped.

-Not as characterful as the little Fiat 500e. Surprising amount of road noise. We prefer the Jeep Avenger.

Like the look of the stylish Fiat 500e but need a little more space? The Fiat 600e is the car for you. It's a small electric SUV that's based on the same platform as the Jeep Avenger and Peugeot e-2008, while rivals include the Smart #1, Hyundai Kona Electric and MG ZS EV.

While we'd dispute that the Fiat 600e is big enough to be a true family car (the Kia Niro EV or Skoda Enyaq iV would be a better bet if that's what you're after), the market for stylish small SUVs is strong and the 600e will be easier to live with than its city car relation.

Talking of 'easy to live with', the Fiat 600e comes with a 54kWh battery which means it can travel 254 miles between charges. Rapid charging abilities mean you can quickly top it up on a long journey, too, although most buyers will plug it in overnight for fuss-free charging.

It's hassle-free to drive, while the comfortable ride quality will be very welcome on UK roads. There's just one 'engine' option - a single 156PS electric motor that provides steady if unremarkable performance.

The Fiat 600e line-up is refreshingly simple: there are just two trim levels and no optional extras to choose from. The entry-level Fiat 600e Red covers the basics with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, rear parking sensors and climate control, while the top-spec La Prima adds such niceties as heated massage seats, diamond-cut alloys and a wireless phone charger.

Scoring highly on the value for money front, the Fiat 600e is priced from around £33,000, while the range tops out at £37,000. That puts it at the budget end of the electric SUV market, undercutting the Vauxhall Mokka Electric and new Hyundai Kona Electric. The MG ZS EV is cheaper, although it lacks the style of the Fiat 600e.

The true challenge for electric car buyers at the moment is deciding which - if any - of the numerous Stellantis models suits them the best. We suspect many buyers will prefer the chunky looks of the Jeep Avenger, although the Fiat 600e makes a good case for itself in terms of equipment levels and value for money.