10 of the Coolest all-new Fiat 500e Features
Back in 2013, Fiat released an electric Fiat 500 – but it was a bit of a cheat. It was only available in California and Oregon to comply with State regulations. This Fiat 500e however, is a fully-fledged, mass-produced electric car. And with more Fiat’s available now on subscription, we thought it would only be fitting to bring you it’s top 10 features. With 4 spec levels landing in 2021, we’ve rounded up the first to arrive, La Prima model. And of course, it will be available on an all-inclusive subscription with elmo.
1. Electric door handle with e-latch system
This one stumped us at first. But you get used to it! There’s no physical door handle. Just some sorcery meaning that when you place your hand in the cut-out, the door opens. Magic!
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2. Long range
The 500e is an unapologetic city car. That’s what the 500 has always been. But that has not stopped Fiat from packing in a very respectable 199 miles range, which extends all the way up to to 285 miles when you switch on Fiat’s sherpa energy-saving mode (and presumably have a prevailing wind behind you).
3. Iconic design
We think the 500 looks amazing. It’s a little bigger than the previous 500 generations so feels a bit more spacious inside.
There are a number of very nice touches, like the Turin skyline embossed into the wireless charger. Or the simple physical buttons on the dashboard to place the car into drive, reverse or neutral. You can read more about Fiat 500e’s iconic design in one of our previous blog posts here.
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4. Recycled fabrics
Fiat has employed ‘Seaqual® Yarn.’ This is a high-quality fabric that contains recycled marine plastics. And that’s not a by-word for cheap and tacky. It actually looks and feels excellent.
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This car is loaded with tech. To begin with, there’s WiFi so that all your passengers can stream to their heart’s content. Of course, there is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which look utterly gorgeous on the 10.5” centre display. Oh, and it can all be controlled from the rather nifty ‘Fiat all-in app’.
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6. Fast charging
Short on time? Not a problem. The 500 can suck up 30 miles range in just 5 minutes. Which if you’re an athlete, means that 5 minutes of charge alone, could get you from the Olympic Stadium to Heathrow! And if you’re not an athlete, the car will reach 80% battery charge in just 35 minutes which will be more than enough for most casual drivers once a week or so.
If you are thinking of going full Riviera style, you could opt for the ‘cabrio’ trim. Of course, you’ll also need a partner wearing a silk-scarf in the passenger seat with the roof down. That’s the life.
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8. Made in Turin (Mirafiori, Italy)
As Fiat embarks on a new chapter of auto-motives, it feels rather fitting for Fiat to bring the manufacture of the 500 to its birthplace.
9. Sherpa mode + One Pedal Driving
This mode saves energy. A lot of energy. The car already has an excellent 199 mile range. But with Sherpa Mode engaged, Fiat claims you’ll be able to get up 285 miles. A nice touch if you end up far from one of BP Pulse’s charge points.
10. Level 2 Autonomous Driver
The Fiat 500 is the only car in its price bracket to include Level 2 Autonomous driving. What even is that I hear you say? Well, it means there’s cruise control and one or two other rather tidy tricks. The Fiat will recommend the speed you should be driving by reading the road signs. The system will also automatically keep a set distance from the vehicle in front (when over 18 mph) and in lane over 37mph) and includes automatic braking, auto-park, and blind-spot detection.
Want to get your hands on one?
It’s now available on our subscription service in both the La Prima and Icon trims and in four nature-inspired colours. Head over to our electric cars page to browse.
This post was originally published in February 2021 but has been updated in March 2022 for accuracy and comprehensiveness.