Fiat 500 electric reliability & safety rating
As this is Fiat's first pure-electric model, it's hard to comment on reliability just yet; it does have a reasonable four-star Euro NCAP safety score, though
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|4 stars (2021)||76%||80%||67%|
Historically, Fiat hasn’t had the strongest reputation for reliability, with the Italian brand coming in close to the bottom of the 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. However, electric cars are in general more reliable than petrol models, so we expect this 500 to help Fiat turn a corner for customer satisfaction.
Fiat 500 electric reliability & problems
It seems unfair to cast judgement on the electric 500’s reliability before any hard data is available. This is the brand’s first pure-electric model, which means much of the technology is new – with little real-world feedback on its long-term dependability just yet.
Historically, Fiat’s reputation for reliability hasn’t been great, and even in recent times the manufacturer could only manage a disappointing 26th place in the 2021 Driver Power survey – down from 23rd position the previous year.
Electric cars in general tend to be more reliable than their petrol or diesel siblings, largely due to their reduced complexity and fewer moving parts. For this reason, we expect the electric 500 to be a pretty reliable small car.
The electric Fiat 500 was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in December 2021 and received a reasonable four-star rating out of a maximum possible five. Individual scores for adult and child occupant protection were 76% and 80% respectively, while safety assistance technology was rated at 67%. Every Fiat 500 comes with automatic emergency braking, while top-spec models get adaptive cruise control, plus lane centring and traffic-jam assistance.
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 for the electric Fiat 500, with the larger 42kWh model beating both the Honda e and MINI Electric for driving range
- 3Running costs & insuranceLow prices and zero tailpipe emissions make the electric Fiat 500 an incredibly cheap car to run – for private buyers and company-car drivers alike
- 4Performance, motor & driveEasy to drive, quick and comfortable, the latest Fiat 500 ticks a lot of boxes. It's more adept at motorway cruising than you might imagine, too
- 5Interior, dashboard & 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 hatchback feels well built
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityPoor practicality is the Fiat 500’s biggest downfall, due to its cramped rear seats and tiny boot, whichever model you go for
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingAs this is Fiat's first pure-electric model, it's hard to comment on reliability just yet; it does have a reasonable four-star Euro NCAP safety score, though