The 2017 FIAT 500 is a subcompact car with a choice of engines that deliver from 101 to 160 horsepower. The base engine is underpowered and while it’s find for small trips and city driving it may struggle getting up to speed or overtaking on main roads.

The FIAT 500 has an easy-to-use infotainment system but the interior materials of the cabin are not as elegant as you’ll find on its rivals. Interior space is quite confining with cramped back seats.

The 2017 FIAT 500 has had a $2,000 price slash from last years model. Some trims are no longer available, such as the Easy, Sport and Turbo trims. Instead you can now mix and match the various features across all models.

Performance

The FIAT 500 has two engines to choose from. The base engine is a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 101 horsepower. It’s nothing to get excited about but it will get you around the inner city streets. The upgraded engine is a turbocharged version of the same engine and makes 160 horsepower.

A 5-speed manual transmission comes as standard with the option of upgrading to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The base engine models get 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The turbocharged engine has slightly lower fuel economy with 28/33 mpg for city/highway driving.

“The 500c’s inline-four churns a modest 101 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque. But coupled with this convertible’s light weight, acceleration is zippy.” – Popular Mechanics.

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Interior

The 2017 FIAT 500 has seating for up to four people. The front is fairly spacious but the rear seats will feel cramped for adults. This lack of space is exacerbated in models that have sunroof. Visibility to the rear is also compromised when the on Cabrio models when the roof is folded down and stacked behind the rear seats.

The interior cabin looks fashionable and is quite good quality considering its price range. There are a number of interior color combinations to choose from. As far as cargo space the FIAT 500 has 9.5 cu.ft. of space behind the rear seats and 30.2 cu.ft. of space with the rear seats folded flat.

The FIAT 500 comes with an infotainment system and 5-inch touch screen as standard on al models. The infotainment sysem is a breeze to use and features integrated voice commands.

Price

The 2017 FIAT 500 is priced from between $14,995 and $32,995 depending on trim and options. The base price is normal for a subcompact car. Upgrading to automatic will cost an extra $995. Also upgrading to a convertible model will cost an additional $1,495.

Alternatives

The 2017 FIAT 500 usually ranks down the lower end of subcompact cars because of the issues we’ve mentioned above. If you’re looking for some reasonably priced alternatives then check out the 2017 Honda Fit, 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, 2017 Ford Fiesta or the 2017 MINI Cooper.