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Fiat 500E

  • 19-07-2022 3:33pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭Ionised

    There seems to be little to no discussion on the Fiat 500E thus far (I did do a search).

    My wife is expecting delivery in the next two weeks of a new 'LaPrima' spec 500E and I was wondering if anyone else here has one and what might be their overall impression of the car.

    The short test drive we had was very positive. Interior quality appears quite good and certainly better than my '08 500 would have been. Car is certainly larger than the ICE 500.

    Power seems very good and certainly adequate. Nippy would be the word that springs to mind. One pedal driving in range mode worked well on the sort test.

    The dealer we used has a number arriving in the next few weeks in various specs and colours.

    It is going to look very small parked next to my Ioniq 5!



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,948 ✭✭✭fafy

    its a very small car, but suitable for some, reviews are very good, they have really upped the quality in this model, nice screen, and range is reasonable at 320km ‘ish.

    It would totally unsuitable for anyone with small kids etc, but is a lovely looking car,very stylish, good luck with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,230 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Like the regular 500 it fails the stepladder test 😁

    However in all other respects it seems like a great car. Between the good range and small size it seems great for someone in a city with no access to a private charger

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost (Escapist magazine)

  • Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭ Adrien Narrow Suspect

    Some reviews saying not quite as nippy as rivals but in mainly city driving it should be fine.

    The small boot would annoy me and access to rear seats uncomfortable compared to something like the Honda e.

    On the positive side Given the shocking high prices of second hand 10 year old ICE 500s you’re possibly assured excellent re-sale values in the coming years until competition emerges from brand new city models that have both style and substance

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    The ICE Fiat 500 held its value well so this one will too ,my mother and one of my sisters has a 500 ( 2015 and 2016 ) , great little car ,love driving when I get the chance

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,353 ✭✭✭baldshin

    We test drove one when my wife was changing from a petrol 500. Needed something that would do 200km no bother on the motorway with a good buffer to suit her work. The day we had it was decent weather wise, but only managed around 220km with a few percent left of motorway driving, so had to rule it out.

    Car was much more premium than the petrol versions I have to say!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭Ionised

    Update - Car due for collection today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭Ionised

    Ocean Green. I quite fancied Celestial Blue but was outvoted.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭Ionised

    In hindsight, Ocean Green is a better choice. Plus I'm not paying for it so have little influence 🤐

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  • Registered Users Posts: 63,597 ✭✭✭✭unkel

    Such a class design, can't believe it's been around for 15 years already (and the original came out 65 years ago)

    Well wear!

  • Registered Users Posts: 243 ✭✭Dibble

    Stunning car!

    Let us know how you get on 😀

  • Registered Users Posts: 62 ✭✭Mam1996

    Really interested to see how you get on, I'm on my 2nd 500 and seriously thinking if upgrading to the 500E. Looking forward to your updates, well wear

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,948 ✭✭✭fafy

    its a small car, but very well designed, its actually, its probably the perfect “EV 2nd” car, for those who are not carting kids around at least.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

    Sorry I questioned the colour , I was dead wrong , love it , my sister has a shade of green but it's very different to that

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭Ionised

    Initial impressions in no particular order..

    It is a slightly larger car than the ICE 500. More space inside for sure. Driver footwell is a bit cramped though.

    Software seems to be quite good. No lag on the screens and a sensible UI.

    One pedal driving is smooth in 'range' mode.

    Economy stats so far after 500km - 13.2kwh/100km. It has been driven enthusiastically to be fair.

    Interior material quality is a step up from previous 500's.

  • Posts: 8,856 ✭✭✭ Adrien Narrow Suspect

    Love the interior- what model is that? Looks plush - happy motoring

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭Ionised

    It is the La Prima spec. Very well appointed inside.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 63,597 ✭✭✭✭unkel

    Lovely car, good write up, well wear!

    How much was the car on the road?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,179 ✭✭✭KrisW1001


    Total price was somewhere around €37,500 key-in-hand, including the Government EV grant and dealer delivery charges. Prices have gone up €750 since we ordered in January.

  • Registered Users Posts: 63,597 ✭✭✭✭unkel

    Ouch! 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,417 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Yes the base model is good value but the la prima trim is quite expensive especially in cabrio.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,179 ✭✭✭KrisW1001

    Yes, exactly that. Our car was basically every box ticked, with the exception of the tri-layer Celestial Blue paint (we have Ocean Green, same as @Ionised above). You’ll get a very nicely-specced hard-top in the middle Icon trim-level for about €31,000.

  • Registered Users Posts: 243 ✭✭LasersGoPewPew

    I hope you have many years of happy motoring. It seems very expensive given the size of car, I would have guessed 30k max

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,692 ✭✭✭mailforkev

    I applaud anyone who puts their money where their mouth is and takes the plunge on something a bit offbeat like one of these (I say this as the owner of a Honda e). They bring a bit of joy to your life.

  • Registered Users Posts: 63,597 ✭✭✭✭unkel

    You would say that 😁

    But yeah anytime I see a Honda e, I have a smile on my face. Still way overpriced for what it is but I also admire people having enough dough and not giving a fukc and buying one anyway because they like it

    Love the 500 too, did it from the day it was launched (as an ICE). For years you could pick a 3-4 year old fully electric one up in California for no more than $6-7k, amazing (I know the current one is far superior)

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,420 ✭✭✭Oafley Jones

    Saw one in rose gold today and thought it looked amazing. Really surprised me.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,179 ✭✭✭KrisW1001

    Size, as they say, isn’t everything.

    @mailforkev I love the Honda-E! The low battery range ruled it out for me, but it’s the only other EV on the market with any kind of character to it. Well wear!