2016 FIAT 500e vs. Its Competition

2016 Fiat 500e

The closest competitor for the 2016 Fiat 500e electric car is the Chevy Spark EV, also a minicar but with five doors rather than three and a usable rear seat.

It also has even better acceleration, but it lacks the Fiat 500's overall personality and charm.

The Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric car, fully two segments larger than the 500e, but it's more appliance-like and is rated at the same range for 2015 (the 2016 Leaf may offer more range).

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive is the sole electric car that's even smaller than the 500e, but it genuinely has only two seats—and at this point, it's an old, crude design whose main selling point is ease of parking.

Finally, the Volkswagen e-Golf and Ford Focus Electric are conventional compact hatchbacks adapted to battery power with specifications very similar to the Nissan Leaf, but offered in much lower volumes.

2016 Fiat 500e2016 FIAT 500e
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2016 Chevrolet Spark, test drive outside Detroit, July 20162016 Chevrolet Spark
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2016 Nissan Leaf2016 Nissan Leaf
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Volkswagen e-Golf Touch - 2016 Consumer Electronics Show2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
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2016 Smart ForTwo (European model)2016 smart fortwo
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Fiat 500e can be viewed as the best 500 minicar, if you can live with a real-world range of 80 miles; its power is smoother, its handling is more balanced, and it's cheap to buy and run—but you can only get it in California and Oregon.
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The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is an all-new version of the minicar that actually seats four adults; its more "adult" styling, higher-quality materials, and optional active-safety features may make it the best of the tiny cars.
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The 2016 Ford Focus Electric is fun to drive, though its range is lower than the Nissan Leaf and others; its "regular car" looks may appeal to some, but it's sold only in small numbers in a handful of markets.
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The 2016 Nissan Leaf remains a somewhat appliance-like drive, but its new range rating of 107 miles raises it to the top of its class—and it's still smooth, quiet, and calming to drive.
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The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf is a competent electric car, but its specs are less competitive than before.
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The 2016 Smart ForTwo promises parking ease—and this time, maybe better fuel economy and handling.
MSRP From     
$31,800$12,660$29,170$29,010$28,995$14,650
Gas Mileage     
30 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy32 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricGas I4ElectricElectricElectricPremium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsSubcompact CarCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
2-Door HB5-Door HB Manual LS5-Door HB4-Door HB S *Ltd Avail*4-Door HB SE2-Door Coupe Pure
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
445552
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackCoupe
Transmission     
AutomaticManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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