The FIAT 500 is offered as a hatchback or cabriolet. All trims come with a 1.4L MultiAir 4-cylinder turbo engine that makes 135 horsepower and a choice between a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Abarth and larger 500L models get a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4. Both of those models are standard with the 5-speed manual, while the 6-speed automatic is optional. The 500e, available in California, is powered by a 111-horsepower electric motor. All 500s are front wheel-drive. Customers no longer need to select one of the Abarth models in order to tap into the 500's fun-to-drive qualities. With the new standard turbo engine and a light, nimble driving feel, the sporty FIAT 500 is maneuverable at city speeds and stable on the highway.The 2019 FIAT 500 is offered in Pop and Lounge trims, as well as Abarth. Pop models are priced with other affordable, efficiency-minded small hatchbacks but do include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and audio streaming, an auxiliary input, iPod controls, cruise control, a trip computer, power windows, power locks and mirrors. The 500c Pop models also get ParkSense rear park assist, a wind deflector, dual-layer cloth soft top and integrated spoiler.Lounge models are the next choice up for those who don't want to go the performance route with their 500. 500 and 500c Lounge models include special chromed accents in the front and back plus fog lamps, a security alarm, a fixed glass roof (in hatchbacks), cast aluminum wheels, premium cloth seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, a 7-inch display and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Lounge models also offer a Sport mode that makes throttle response sharper with just the press of a button.FIAT 500 Abarth models bring performance to the mix with a specially tuned 160-horsepower turbocharged 1.4L engine, plus an Abarth-tuned suspension that includes KONI Frequency Selective Dampers and upgraded brakes. The raspier exhaust note makes this model be known both from inside the car and from a distance. The "Beats" audio system, available in 500 and 500c models, offers a high-definition experience with a special BeatsAudio digital sound processing algorithm, plus an 8-inch dual voice coil subwoofer in the trunk and a 368-watt, 8-channel amplifier.
For 2019, the FIAT 500 carries over largely unchanged.
- Nimble, responsive driving feel
- good gas mileage
- track-ready performance
- flamboyant exterior
- practical, stylish interior