The Fiat 500 has had such a long life away from the United States in Italy.   It has always been an adorable little passenger car.  Perfect for the city.

The 500 made its way to American shores in its classic cute way in 2012.  It has had a certain charm to it and is super Italian in every way.  It is cute, fun to drive, easy to part and great on gas.  Being called one of the best city cars on the market is quite a position to hold, but the Fiat 500 has always been in that sort of capacity.

From the Pop edition, to the multiple other editions like the 695, Abarth, 595 and so on, the 500 has a flavor for everyone to enjoy.

Fiat also released the Fiat 500X which is a similar, but very different vehicle if that makes sense.  The 500X had a larger brother, the 500L, but that thing was as awkward as they come.

FCA has made a dizzying array of cars under the 500 name, and while that usually shakes a brand (like we’ve seen from Mini) Fiat has actually been very stable.  The 500 is pretty much instantly recognizable, and the Abarth is loved by enthusiasts everywhere.

2017 adds some new features to the Fiat 500, which we will explore:

The Specs-2017 Fiat 500: 

 

Vehicle Type: Subcompact Car
Power Plant: 1.4 L 4-cyl / 1.4 L S/C 4-cyl
Gearbox: 6 speed auto/5 speed manual
Power: 101-160 HP
MPG: Up to 38 Highway/31 City 
Torque: 98 Lb-ft – 170 lb-ft.
Length: 140 – 144 Inches
Width: 64 Inches
Height: 59 – 60 Inches
Wheelbase: 90.6 Inches
Top Speed: 120 MPH
Seating: 4 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 10.7 seconds – 6.7 seconds
Base Price: $16,000 (est).

 

The Exterior-2017 Fiat 500:

2017 Fiat 500

The exterior of the 2017 Fiat 500 hasn’t changed at all from the previous years.  It is still the quarky little Italian cruiser we’ve seen for years.  However, Fiat is adding a bunch of special additions to help keep the hype alive for the little car.

The new exterior package for the 2017 Fiat 500 adds in two-toned bodywork.  The Sport Black Package features a black painted roof spoiler, black headlight trim, black roof, black tail lights and new rims.  All this at the cost of $1,295.

2017 Fiat 500

The Pop trim can be upgraded with the two-tone appearance package that features a black white or red roof with matching side mirror covers for a price of $295.

Fiat added these cute little additions to the popular 2017 Fiat 500 to help pick up sales, which have actually been doing pretty well for the small car.

The 500 features one of the cutest faces out there, and can be molded into a more serious look with the Abarth trim (personal favorite).  The 2017 Fiat 500 is a small hatchback with adorable proportions to match its personality.

For the Abarth trim, you get a whole new body kit for the 2017 Fiat 500.  The new kit features a front bumper with much larger intakes, lower side skirts, and a new rear bumper to accommodate dual exhaust tips.  Plus, the wheel base for the 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth is a bit longer than the wheel base of the standard Fiat 500.  This is to make sure all the 160 horses are planted well enough for the car to perform well.  Plus, there’s room for the cool super charger.

The Interior-2017 Fiat 500:

2017 Fiat 500 interior

The interior of the 2017 Fiat 500 is absolutely adorable and goes and in hand with the exterior.  It’s the same bubbly charm that is alive on every part of the vehicle.

One element that sticks out like a sore thumb is the large plastic dashboard that can be in the color of the exterior or some sort of wood accent.

It is actually a really cool and stylish cue on the inside with that large piece across the dash.  Usually there’d be some sort of variation in the design across the dash, but not on a baby Fiat.  It looks super cool and fun.

There is a giant speedometer in the gauge cluster, and only on top end trims can you get a decently sized infotainment set up.  But you don’t need any of the fancy stuff when cruising around in the 2017 Fiat 500.

The interior almost reminds me of carnival go carts the way the interior is.  It’s very novelty like a big souvenir.

As for the Abarth trim, you get a bunch of scorpion badges all over the place and some cool sporty trim accents and seats.

New for 2017, the Fiat 500 Abarth actually is available in an automatic, which changes the center console-thing a bit.

The Performance-2017 Fiat 500:

The 2017 Fiat 500 comes standard with a 1.4 L four cylinder engine that barely edges out 100 HP.  That isn’t a lot by any measure, except for maybe on a tractor.  But, the 2017 Fiat 500 drives like a dream.  Plus, the sound that the little engine makes is actually quite nice even on the standard car.   This nice youthful sound is partially from the fact that the Fiat 500 actually doesn’t have a muffler.

In the standard car, you can achieve a 0-60 run in around 10 seconds, which puts the 500 right around with the competitions cars.  This performance figure is very different from the Abarth model, which is able to do the same sprint in just over 6.5 seconds.  In a tiny car, that is very impressive.

Like I said before, the 2017 Fiat 500 can either be a 5 speed manual or automatic, even in the Abarth trim.

Many reviews point to the Fiat 500 being an absolute pleasure to drive.  It is engaging and has a fun character to go with its fun face.  Especially the Abarth,

Sum It Up:

The 2017 Fiat 500 still has a familiar face and is an absolute joy to be in.  I’m sure that Fiat will continue to release different trim level kits and packages through the next few years.  They should continue this practice of re-styling well before Fiat actually redesigns the car as a whole.

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