Fiat 500 electric practicality & boot space
Poor practicality is the Fiat 500’s biggest downfall, due to its cramped rear seats and tiny boot, whichever model you go for
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If you’re after a car like the Fiat 500, practicality is unlikely to be much of a sticking point. That said, the Honda e’s rear doors will be of great benefit to anyone with small children, or for those regularly carrying people in the back.
Interior storage is nothing to write home about, and the boot is tiny, too. Thankfully there is some underfloor storage, which allows you to keep the car’s charging cables out of sight, but you’ll likely find the weekly shop regularly spills onto the rear seats.
Fiat has no plans for a larger, five-door model of the electric 500, although it is investigating the feasibility of bringing the innovative '3+1' variant to the UK. More on that below.
Fiat 500 interior space, storage & comfort
We’ve few complaints about the cabin of this latest Fiat 500 – from the driver’s seat, it feels spacious and well equipped. However, attempting to take a seat in the back is another matter entirely.
Even getting there is a challenge; the wide doors are difficult to open in tight spaces, while clambering past the front seats is a task only for the most supple – or kids. The space once you’re there is cramped, too.
Fiat has announced an additional 3+1 version of the electric 500, with a small rear-hinged back door on one side that gives easier access to the rear seats. For now, this version is for left-hand-drive markets only; Fiat is looking into its UK-market viability, but has admitted that even if it does come here, the third door would have to stay on the 'wrong' side of the car.
Boot space in the Fiat 500 is pretty poor. The hatchback version boasts a tiny 185-litre load area – smaller even than what a MINI Electric can manage. Go for the convertible version and this shrinks even further, while it also has a compromised postbox-style opening. However, like the MINI, as long as you avoid the entry-level Fiat 500 Action, you’ll find the rear seats split down the middle, making it easier to carry big and bulky items.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe iconic Fiat 500 city car has gone electric-only in its latest incarnation – and it’s better than its petrol predecessor in every way
- 2Range, battery & chargingThere are two batteries to choose from, with the larger 42kWh model beating both the Honda e and MINI Electric for driving range
- 3Running costsLow prices and zero-emission running make the electric 500 an incredibly cheap car to run – for private buyers and company-car drivers alike
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceEasy, quick and and comfortable, the latest Fiat 500 ticks a lot of boxes. It’s more adept at motorway driving than you might imagine, too
- 5Interior & comfortMid-range electric Fiat 500s come with a good list of standard equipment, and while there are some cheaper materials in some areas, on the whole the electric hatchback feels well built
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingPoor practicality is the Fiat 500’s biggest downfall, due to its cramped rear seats and tiny boot, whichever model you go for
- 7Reliability & safetyAs this is Fiat’s first pure-electric model, it’s hard to comment on the latest 500’s reliability