2017 FIAT 500 C Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

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Pricing Information

MSRP: $21,490
Dealer Invoice: $21,063
Delivery Charge: $995
Used Retail Price: $17,995
Used Private Price: $16,739
Used Trade-In Price: $15,074

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Editor Review

2017 FIAT 500 Review

Introduction

When Fiat started selling new cars in the United States again after a 28-year absence, it did so not with the expected mass-market family sedan or crossover SUV but with the 500, a fuel-efficient city car that brought a playful attitude to the normally no-frills subcompact market. Five years later, the 2017 Fiat 500 doesn't quite have the same newness associated with it, yet it continues to be an interesting option if you're searching for an affordable runabout.

We like the Fiat 500 for its stylish looks and easy-to-maneuver nature in urban settings. While the base 500 is painfully slow under heavy acceleration, the high-octane Abarth offers a zippier driving experience. Unfortunately, those seeking something in the middle might be disappointed because the peppy Turbo model has been discontinued for 2017. In an effort to slim down the lineup, Fiat has also dropped last year's Easy, Sport and 1957 models, although most of the features included on those trims can be added back in.

There's nothing on the road quite like the Fiat 500, but there are a couple like-minded rivals. The Mini Cooper boasts a higher-quality cabin, sharper handling and a much higher degree of personal customization possibility, but it's also typically more expensive. The bigger Volkswagen Beetle is also more expensive, but it's a superior option if you want more power and a bigger backseat than the 500 can provide. For greater versatility, you'd probably want to check out a top four-door subcompact hatchback, such as the Ford Fiesta. Overall, though, we think the 2017 Fiat 500 is still worth a look for shoppers wanting an urban runabout with flair.

What's New

The 2017 Fiat 500 model lineup has been reduced to just three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is no longer available on non-Abarth models, and the 1957 Edition package has been discontinued. The six-speaker Alpine audio system and driver information display are now standard on all trims.

Body

The 2017 Fiat 500 is available as either a hatchback or a convertible. Both are offered in three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth. An all-electric version, the 500e, is reviewed separately.

Standard features for the base Pop trim include 15-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, keyless locking/unlocking, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 7-inch color driver information display, 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Fiat Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment interface with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls and a six-speaker Alpine audio system with an auxiliary audio input and two USB ports (one for mobile device integration, the other for charging). The Pop convertible also comes with rear parking sensors and a windscreen that fits between the rear seats.

The luxurious Lounge trim includes all of the above, plus chrome exterior trim, foglights, a fixed glass roof, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and satellite radio.

At the top of the Fiat 500 food chain is the performance-focused Abarth. It includes the foglights and parking sensors from the Lounge and adds a turbocharged engine, 16-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, sportier suspension tuning, upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers, a performance exhaust system, distinctive exterior and interior styling tweaks, premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a sport steering wheel and front floor mats.

Some of the Lounge's extra features can be added to the Pop and Abarth as options. Other popular options include a sunroof for coupe models, 16-inch (Lounge) or 17-inch wheels (Abarth), a six-speaker Beats Audio sound system with a trunk-mounted subwoofer, a navigation system, and a variety of Mopar-branded exterior and interior styling enhancements.

Interior

Much of the 500's interior is a mixed bag. Despite the zippy appearance and colors throughout the cabin, the quality of most materials is subpar. The 500's control layout is also a bit of a mishmash, including odd controls for the standard (non-automatic) climate system. We like the Uconnect infotainment system's 5-inch user-friendly menus, though the screen itself is small by 2017 standards.

There is ample room in the front seats for taller occupants, but be advised that the tilt-only steering wheel can make finding a comfortable driving position a challenge and the optional sunroof noticeably reduces headroom. The rear seats for any 500 are pretty much what you'd expect: torture for those older than preschool age, with basically nonexistent headroom in the hatchback due to the sloping rear glass.

With the rear seatbacks up, the hatchback presents a reasonable 9.5 cubic feet of luggage space. Drop the seatbacks and you open up a total of 30.2 cubic feet. That's not bad for such a small car, but the two-door Mini Cooper hatchback gives you more (34 cubes), and four-door hatchbacks including the Honda Fit are even roomier. Cargo capacity for the 500C isn't nearly as generous, as there are just 5.4 cubic feet available behind the rear seats and 23.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down. Moreover, the convertible's folding canvas top stacks accordion-like on the rear deck when retracted, all but blocking your view directly behind.

Powertrain

Two engines are available for the 2017 Fiat 500, both of which send power to the front wheels.

The Pop and Lounge trim levels receive a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, a Fiat 500 (with the no-longer-available manual transmission) went from zero to 60 mph in 10.4 seconds, a laggardly time for the class. An automatic-equipped 500C was even slower in our testing, needing a sloth-like 12.4 seconds to get to 60 mph.

The Fiat 500 earns EPA estimates of 34 mpg combined (31 city/38 highway) with the manual, but opting for the automatic cuts efficiency to a humdrum 29 mpg combined (27 city/33 highway).

The Abarth model's 1.4-liter turbocharged engine makes 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque with the available five-speed manual transmission. With the six-speed automatic, those output figures change slightly to 157 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, a manual Abarth coupe sprinted to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while an automatic Abarth convertible did it in 7.5 seconds. The Abarth's fuel economy is estimated at 30 mpg combined (28 city/33 highway) with the manual and 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) with the automatic.

Driving

The base engine's acceleration is undeniably lackluster. In fact, the 500 is one of the slowest cars on the market. It's a shame that the 500 Turbo was dropped this year, as it effectively split the difference from the sluggish base model and the significantly more engaging Abarth.

The 500's ride quality is pretty comfortable whether you're driving over rutted city streets or cruising on the highway. The firmer suspension tuning of the Abarth improves handling response without much of a comfort penalty; if you enjoy a spirited drive, this is really the only way to go. Any 500 is good fun on a quick errand, thanks to the car's diminutive dimensions and inherently nimble feel, though enthusiasts won't like the somewhat top-heavy feel and significant body roll at the limit. Steering is accurate but lacks feedback, and the Abarth's large 37.6-foot turning diameter is regrettably like that of an SUV, eclipsing the other 500 models by a whopping 7 feet.

Safety

Standard safety features for all 2017 Fiat 500 models include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, hill start assist, a driver knee airbag, front side airbags, side curtain airbags. Rear parking sensors come standard on all versions except the base Pop hatchback.

In Edmunds brake testing, a 500 coupe came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressively short 115 feet, while a 500C Lounge needed 124 feet. Disappointingly, an Abarth hatchback needed 123 feet despite its ostensibly stickier summer tires and upgraded brakes, and an Abarth convertible with all-season tires required 125 feet.

In government crash tests, the Fiat 500 hardtop received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 500 coupe its top rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. In the small-overlap front-impact test, however, the Fiat earned the lowest score of Poor. The 500's seat and head restraint design was rated Good for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Pro

Fun and distinctive styling; returns good fuel economy when equipped with the manual transmission; surprisingly spacious for two people.

Con

The sunroof severely limits front headroom; base engine is extremely slow; disappointing fuel economy with automatic transmission; poor rear visibility with the convertible's top lowered.

Bottom Line

The 2017 Fiat 500 exudes a charm that you don't find in many subcompact cars. This stylish and fun two-door has so much personality that it's hard not to crack a smile whenever you approach one in the parking lot. Rivals might be more practical, but few match the Fiat 500's playfulness.

Manufacturer's Warranty

Type: Drivetrain
• Maximum Years: 4
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Jul-05-2016 08:11 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 50000

Type: Rust
• Maximum Years: 5
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: Jul-05-2016 08:11 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Type: Basic
• Maximum Years: 4
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: Jul-05-2016 08:11 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 50000

Type: Roadside
• Maximum Years: 4
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: Jul-05-2016 08:11 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Standard Features

Audio Features - Uconnect 5.0 (RA2)

• Radio: AM/FM

Audio Features - Alpine Premium Audio System (RC4)

• Premium Brand Speakers: Alpine
• Total Number Of Speakers: 6
• Watts: 276
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: Upgraded Stereo

Audio Features - Media Hub (RS6)

• Digital Audio Input: Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
• Usb Connection
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: Aux Audio Inputs
• Consumer Generic Feature 1: USB Inputs

Cargo Dimensions

• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 5.4
• Max Cargo Capacity: 31.3

Mobile Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth

Instrumentation

• Boost Gauge
• Clock
• External Temperature Gauge: External Temperature Display
• Tachometer
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tire Pressure Monitoring
• Trip Computer

Doors

• Number Of Doors: 2

Exterior Lights

• Daytime Running Lights
• Front Fog Lights: Front Fog/driving Lights

Front Passenger Seat

• Number Of Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments: 4

Steering

• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering

1st Row Seats

• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Upholstery: Premium Cloth
• Adjustable Seat Headrest: Integrated Headrests
• Number Of 1st Row Headrests: 2
• Seat Whiplash Protection: Whiplash Protection System

Interior Dimensions

• 1st Row Head Room: 38.6
• 1st Row Hip Room: 47.8
• 1st Row Leg Room: 40.7
• 1st Row Shoulder Room: 49.4
• 2nd Row Head Room: 36.8
• 2nd Row Hip Room: 42.6
• 2nd Row Leg Room: 31.7
• 2nd Row Shoulder Room: 46.4 in.
• EPA Interior Volume: 81.6

Spare Tire/Wheel

• Tire Repair Kit

Power Outlets

• Power Outlet(s): 12V

Exterior Dimensions

• Minimum Ground Clearance: 4.6
• Overall Height: 59.2
• Overall Length: 144.4
• Overall Width Without Mirrors: 64.1
• Wheelbase: 90.6

Windows

• Intermittent Front Wipers: Intermittent
• One Touch Windows: 2
• Power Windows
• Rear Defogger

Steering Wheel

• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel: Cruise Controls
• Phone Controls On Steering Wheel
• Steering Wheel Adjustments: Tilt-adjustable
• Steering Wheel Trim: Leather And Simulated Alloy

Storage

• Cupholders Location: Front And Rear
• Door Pockets Location: Front
• Rear Area Cargo Cover
• Seatback Storage: Front Seatback Storage

Parking Aid

• Parking Sensors: Rear Parking Sensors

Seating Configuration

• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• 2nd Row Seating Capacity: 2

Air Conditioning

• Air Filtration: Interior Air Filtration
• Front Air Conditioning: Air Conditioning
• Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single

Differential

• Final Drive Ratio: 3.35

Convertible Roof

• Convertible Roof: Power Convertible Roof
• Convertible Window: Glass Rear Window
• Remote Convertible Roof Operation

Suspension

• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Front Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Front Suspension Classification: Independent
• Independent Suspension: Front
• Rear Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Rear Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Rear Suspension Classification: Semi-independent

Specifications

• Curb Weight (lbs): 2545
• EGE City MPG: 28
• EGE Combined MPG: 30
• EGE Highway MPG: 33
• EPA City MPG: 28
• EPA Combined MPG: 30
• EPA Highway MPG: 33
• Fuel Capacity (gallons): 10.5
• Gross Vehicle Weight: 3350
• TCO Curb Weight (lbs): 2545
• Turning Diameter (feet): 37.6

Brake System

• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Braking Assist
• Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type: Disc

Drive Type

• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Misc. Interior Features

• Cruise Control
• Floor Mat Material: Carpet
• Floor Mats

Collision Safety System

• Post Collision Safety System: Post-collision Safety System

Driver Seat

• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Driver Seat Manual Adjustments: 6

Security

• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Engine Immobilizer
• Power Door Locks: Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Airbags

• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Knee Airbags: Driver Only
• Side Airbags: Dual Front

2nd Row Seats

• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• 2nd/3rd Row Easy Entry: Manual Driver Seat
• Adjustable 2nd Row Headrests: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Folding 2nd Row: Split Folding
• Number Of 2nd Row Headrests: 2

Mirrors

• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Dual Vanity Mirrors
• Exterior Mirror Adjustment: Power
• Heated Exterior Mirrors: Heated

Tires - 195/45R16XL Tires (T1D)

• Rear Tire Width: 195
• Tire Type: All Season
• Rear Tire Diameter: 16
• Rear Tire Profile: 45

Wheels - 16" X 6.5" Aluminum Wheels (WNS/WGE)

• Rim Type: Alloy
• Rear Wheel Diameter: 16
• Rear Wheel Width: 6.5

Available Options

Option/Package Availability MSRP/Invoice
MOPAR Basic All Weather PackageMOPAR Front and rear slush mats All$135 / $123
17" X 7.0" Forged Bronze Wheels17" x 7.0" forged bronze wheels with 205/40R17XL black side wall 3 season tires All Abarth$1,395 / $1,269
Smoker's GroupCigar lighter; Removable ash tray All$30 / $27
MOPAR Scorpion PackageAbarth fuel filler door; Abarth license plate frame; Abarth slush mats; Abarth valve stem caps All Abarth$325 / $296
17" X 7.0" Forged Aluminum Hyper Black Wheels17" x 7.0" forged aluminum Hyper Black wheels with 205/40R17XL black side wall 3 season tires All Abarth$1,395 / $1,269
GPS Navigation All Lounge/All Abarth$595 / $541
Engine Block Heater All$50 / $46
White Mirror Cap W/Bodyside Stripe All Abarth$295 / $268
Nero All Lounge/All Abarth$0 / $0
Premium Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats#3 seat foam cushion; Driver and passenger front seatback pockets All Abarth$0 / $0
Beats Audio PackageSiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year of included service; Beats Premium Audio System All Abarth$695 / $632
Nero/Rosso All Abarth$0 / $0
Black Trimmed Lights All Abarth$250 / $223
MOPAR Katzkin Cardinal Red/Ash All Abarth$1,195 / $1,087
MOPAR Katzkin Cardinal Red/Black All Abarth$1,195 / $1,087
Red Mirror Cap W/Bodyside Stripe All Abarth$295 / $268
6-Speed Aisin F21-250 Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission6-speed Aisin F21-250 heavy duty automatic transmission; 3.50 final drive ratio; Leather wrapped shift knob All Abarth$995 / $905
Gray Mirror Cap W/Bodyside Stripe All Abarth$295 / $268
Hawaii Additional Destination ChargeAdditional destination charge required in Hawaii All$50 / $50
Black Mirror Cap W/Bodyside Stripe All Abarth$295 / $268
Quick Order Package 25XVehicle with standard equipment All Abarth$0 / $0
Quick Order Package 2FXVehicle with standard equipment All Abarth$0 / $0
Popular Equipment PackageSiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year of included service; Air conditioning with automatic temperature control and micron filter; Heated front seats All Abarth$895 / $814

Available Colors

FIAT 500 Exterior Colors:

Rhino Clear Coat
 
Bianco Perla
 
Giallo Moderna Perla
 
Grigio Cenre
 
Rosso
 
Celeste Blu
 
Nero Puro
 

FIAT 500 Interior Colors:

Black
 
Black
 

Safety Features

Traction control
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Front and rear head airbags
Engine immobilizer
Tire pressure monitoring
Dual front side-mounted airbags
2 front headrests
Stability control
Child seat anchors
4-wheel ABS
2 rear headrests
Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
Post-collision safety system
Rear height adjustable headrests
Emergency braking assist
Front fog/driving lights
Daytime running lights

IISH Information
(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings)

Side impact test - Good

Roof Strength Test - Good

Rear crash protection/head restraint - Good

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results - Poor

IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results - Good

Mechanical Features

Engine: 1.4liter
Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 1368
Horsepower: 160
Valves: 16
Torque: 170
Fuel: Premium Unleaded (recommended)
Transmission: 5 speed MANUAL
Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive

Recalls

FIAT 500 Recalls Issued - 2017

No recalls issued