2015 Fiat 500

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We're at Chrysler's proving grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, and we’re biting our nails in anticipation. A handling course has been set up on the hot asphalt, and there are a bunch of us lined up like iPhone fanatics outside of Best Buy. While everyone else is waiting to take hold of the Alfa Romeo 4C and Dodge Viper, we notice a lonely 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth, newly equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Poor baby needs some company.
A quick look around confirms that nobody is clamoring for seat time in the Abarth. Their loss. The tight and twisting handling course is an ideal playground for the boisterous front-wheel-drive 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth, whereas the high-powered Viper barely has time to open up before it has to brake hard again.
We belt in and punch the Sport button on the dash. The go-ahead is finally delivered, and we're off with a ferocious din of screeching tires and blaring exhaust. Upshifts from the new six-speed automatic transmission are hard, snappy, and coupled with satisfying crackles and pops as the fuel cuts off with each gear change. We jab on the grabby brakes and hear the engine rev-match the downshift, toss the hatchback into a corner as the front tires hang on for dear life, and the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth senses the lateral g's and holds us in gear. There's plenty of power on tap from the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-banger and it spits out little bursts of Italian fury as we accelerate out of the corner and hunt for the next apex.
In short, the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth is a boatload of fun whether you row your own gears or not. In fact the automatic Abarth is even a bit more comfortable to drive, because we don't have sit so close to the controls to fully engage the clutch and constantly deal with the manual transmission’s awkwardly placed shift lever. Considering how much convenience is gained with what is really an impressive and versatile automatic transmission, you don't lose much enjoyment. Shift paddles would even further enhance the sporting experience in manual-shift mode, though.
Back in line, we're craning our neck for a closer look at the sign-up sheet for the 2015 Alfa 4C. There are still four people ahead of us, so there’s plenty of time for another run or two in the Abarth. Jackpot.

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth

On Sale: Now
Base Price: $24,295
Engine: 1.6-liter SOHC turbocharged 16-valve I-4/157 hp @ 5500 rpm, 183 lb-ft @ 2400=4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, front-wheel-drive hatchback
EPA Mileage: 24/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined)
L x W x H: 144.4 x 64.1 x 58.7 in
Wheelbase: 90.6 in
Weight: 2512 lb
2015 Fiat 500
2015 Fiat 500

New for 2015

The 2015 Fiat 500 adds a 7-inch display that doubles as a rearview camera screen (on all but the electric 500e), and an extra USB port to the center console. The most notable addition is an optional six-speed automatic for Abarth and Turbo models.

Vehicle Overview

The Fiat 500 is a subcompact hatchback and convertible that is big on style and personality. The Fiat 500 fits below the larger 500L four-door hatchback in the automaker’s lineup, and has models ranging from the base Pop, to a sporty Abarth, to an airy 500c convertible.


The 2015 Fiat 500 offers several powertrain options including a base non-turbo, two variants with forced induction, and a low-volume electric variant. Fiat 500s are paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, but the electric 500e gets a single-speed automatic, which is typical of electric motors.

Model: 500, 500c Pop, Sport, and Lounge
Engine and Transmission: 1.4-liter I-4 – six-speed automatic or five-speed manual
Power: 101 hp/97 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 31/40 mpg (manual) – 27/34 mpg (automatic)

Model: 500 Turbo
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 – six-speed automatic or five-speed manual
Power: 135 hp/150 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 28/34 mpg (manual) – 24/32 mpg (automatic)

Model: 500 Abarth, 500c Abarth
Engine and Transmission: Turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 – six-speed automatic or five-speed manual
Power: 160 hp/170 lb-ft (manual) – 157 hp/183 lb-ft (automatic)
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 28/34 mpg (manual) – 24/32 mpg (automatic)

Model: 500e
Engine and Transmission: Permanent magnetic electric traction motor – single-speed automatic
Power: 111 hp/147 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 87-mile range – charging time 24 hours (120-volt) or 4 hours (220-volt)
The 2015 Fiat 500's new 7-inch TFT configurable gauge cluster can display everything from the basic speed and fuel level to radio information and the park assist screen. The 500c convertible sports a power top that can be rolled down at speeds up-to 50 mph, or partially up to 60 mph. As a result of the unconventional convertible design (the cloth top only retracts, much like a panoramic sunroof, and piles up behind the rear seats) the 500c doesn’t sacrifice any of the 23.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Aside from a more powerful engine, the 500 Abarth coupe adds unique suspension and steering tuning, as well as plenty of visual modifications to make clear you're not driving an ordinary 500.
The 2015 Fiat 500 received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and received four ratings of good and one of poor in the small overlap front category (the highest possible rating is good).

What We Think

The 2015 Fiat 500 is a cute little subcompact that’s got plenty of personality and style that strives to compete with the likes of the Mini Hardtop. For enthusiasts, the 500 lineup can be summed up by the three more performance-oriented models we took to: the Sport (lots of style, fun and peppy handling, but not so much performance), the Turbo (think of it as a $2,000 upgrade to the Sport. It keeps much of the Sport driving dynamic and adds more power), and the Abarth (the snarling, track-ready, grin-inducing version).
Our complaints included the lack of consistent feedback from the steering wheel and the lack of a telescoping feature on the aforementioned wheel, which in turn contributed to the awkward angle of the pedals in relation to the driver’s foot. Many editors found themselves constantly adjust the seat, but unable to find a comfortable position. The chair-like high driving position was unpleasant in the base 500, and is made even worse by the sporting intentions of the Abarth. Despite the complaints, the Abarth never ceased to plaster a smile on the face of every editor that got behind the wheel.
In an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth we said, “the tiny four-cylinder's burble became a shout … it was as if I were gunning a Ferrari through the tunnels of Monaco, even though my little Fiat was only doing 45 mph and I was driving in Romulus, Michigan. I stopped caring about the steering and started laughing.” We loved driving the Abarth in particular, but kept comparing the 500 to the Mini Hardtop and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, two cars that are not terribly far off in price, but offer more interior space, more power, and work well as an only car. We tested the recently available automatic-equipped Abarth and pronounced it equally as much fun as the manual model, noting that we could keep the seat further back (not having to deal with that third pedal), which alleviated some of the pedal/seat/foot dynamics complaints we had.
You’ll Like
  • Exhaust note of Abarth models
  • No luggage capacity lost on convertible models
  • You can now get the Abarth in an automatic
You Won’t Like
  • Seats are very high
  • Awkward pedal placement in manual-transmission models
  • Abarth rather close in price to the excellent Mini Hardtop Cooper S
Key Competitors
  • Mini Hardtop
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Smart ForTwo


2015 Fiat 500 Front Three Quarter 04
Fiat announced the new 500 will make its official debut on July 4. This is a significant date for Fiat, as July 4 marks the original debut dates of both the original Fiat 500, and the modern-day 500. The quirky compact has been on the global market since 2007, and has been sold in the U.S. since 2010.
2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle Front Three Quarter View
The Fiat range grows at this year's Miami auto show with the addition of two special-edition models. The 2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle goes on sale in December and the 2015 Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking will be available from early 2015.

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2015 Fiat 500 Specifications

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1.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
31 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
40 MPG
101 hp @ 6500rpm
98 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
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