The new 2017 Fiat 500 isn’t the most logical and practical choice for an economy car. But if extra class, and a personable small car is are among your priorities, the new Fiat might be what you are looking for. Some of the pros include a surprising two-seating configuration, a distinctive styling, tons of standard features even for the base model, and an impressive fuel economy rating. Its release date should be expected during the 1st Q of 2016.
For 2017, buyers should look forward to a 5” touchscreen interface, an optional navigation system, and a shuffled optional feature list grouped into packages. The market today offers plenty of fuel efficient cars, but only a small fraction of them conspicuously stand out from the crowd. An excellent example would be the 2017 Fiat 500.
Entering its sixth year of production, the 500 continues to impress with its feature rich galore in combination with a touch of Italian flare. Offered in both convertible and hatchback body styles, sporty and economical specifications, and numerous trim levels, the fresh Fiat 500 promises to be an appealing choice.
However, the Fiat disappoints on certain fronts. Some of them include a poor top-down visibility, a lackluster fuel economy rating, a lethargic acceleration, cramped head-and legroom, and lack of standard feature galore for the top trims.
Available Trims – Fiat 500
Available in either convertible or hatchback configurations, the 2016 Fiat 500 hatchback is offered in six trims: Pop, Easy, Sport, Turbo, Lounge, and the plush Abarth trim.
The Convertible, on the other hand, comes in four trims: Pop, Easy, Lounge, and Abarth. The Convertible is also referred to as 500C.
The 2017 Fiat 500e electric version comes in a separate review.
Interior Pictures & Exterior Changes – 2017 Fiat 500
The Pop trim comes standard with a 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks, air-conditioning, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 5” touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a height-adjustable driver seat, 15” wheels, a CD player, USB ports, voice controls, a six-speaker sound system, Chrysler/Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment system, cloth upholstery, auxiliary audio input, and full power accessories.
Opting for the Easy trim gets you a six-speaker Alpine audio system, a 7” color driver information display, 15” wheels, and cloth upholstered seats.
Springing for the Sport hatchback gets you a sport steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension, sporty exterior styling touches, 16” alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and a sport-tuned exhaust system.
The Turbo tacks in a base audio system, upgraded cloth upholstery, black-exterior lighting, bigger brakes, a more powerful engine, gloss-black exterior lighting trim, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and LED running lights.
Opting for the Lounge trim gets you a chrome exterior trim, an automatic climate control, a fixed glass roof, more interior appointments, a navigation system, the Alpine sound system, and a fixed glass roof. The 1957 Edition, hardtop only version largely compares to the Lounge trim level with a sport-tuned suspension, a retro-styling, unique paint colors, specialized wheels, unique interior trim, a white roof, and retro emblems.
Eating everything below it in the food chain is the top-of-the-line 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth. The performance-focused Abarth comes equipped with a distinctive interior and exterior styling tweaks, Alpine stereo system, a sportier suspension system, 16” wheels, and more power. The Abarth Convertible comes equipped with an optional windscreen, rear parking sensors, and tons of interior accents.
Optional bundles are also available for the Abarth trim which are grouped into packages. They include satellite and HD radio, automatic climate control, Beats Audio sound system, leather upholstery, rear parking sensors, a navigation system, heated seats, and exterior heated mirrors.
Engine Specs – 2017 Fiat 500
Both the front wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission system are standard systems for all Fiats.
A 1.4L engine good for 101 hp and 98 pounds of torque is available for the Pop, Easy, Sport and Lounge trims. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 31/40/34 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Pumping out 135 hp and 150 pounds of torque is a 1.4L four-cylinder engine fitted under the hood of the 500 Turbo trim.
Finally, a 1.4L engine rated at 160 horsepower and 170 pounds of torque is available for the performance-oriented Abarth model. A manual-equipped Abarth model accelerated from 0-60 mph in just 7.1 seconds.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Fiat 500
Expect the 500 Abarth to cost you an MSRP starting from $22,575, the 500C Abarth – $26,695, the 500 Convertible – $20,395, and the 500 Hatchback – $16,995. As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle in dealerships in the coming weeks.