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2017 FIAT 500e vs. Its Competition

2017 Fiat 500e

With the launch of the 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV due in late 2016 or early 2017, at a price under $40,000, the electric-car landscape will change.

It will offer by far the best battery range of anything without a Tesla badge, and every other electric car will be put at a disadvantage.

Those include the Nissan Leaf, the world's best-selling electric car, which is fully two segments larger than the 500e, though more appliance-like and with a range just over 100 miles.

A new Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may arrive for 2017; if so, it will be the sole electric car even smaller than the 500e, but its main selling point continues to be ease of parking, at the cost of having just two seats.

Finally, the Volkswagen e-Golf and Ford Focus Electric are conventional compact hatchbacks adapted to battery power.

Each will get an update to 100 miles or more of range this year or next, which would put this year's Fiat 500e toward the bottom of the pack.

The electric Golf and Focus each has specifications relatively similar to the Nissan Leaf, but is offered in much lower volumes.

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Quick Specs
6.2
If you can live with a real-world range of 80 miles, the 2017 Fiat 500e is probably the best 500 minicar.
7.4
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV could become the first mainstream electric car, with a 238-mile range and a base price in the high $30,000s before incentives.
6.3
The fun-to-drive 2017 Ford Focus Electric finally gets the range boost and DC fast-charging it's needed for years, but Ford's sole electric car is still only available in a few markets.
5.8
Eclipsed by the Chevrolet Bolt EV's 200-mile-plus range, the Nissan Leaf is best enjoyed with the substantial discounts dealers are eager to offer.
6.4
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
MSRP From     
$32,995$36,620N/A$30,680$30,495$13,270
Gas Mileage     
34 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricElectricN/AElectricElectricPremium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class     
Minicompact CarsSmall Station WagonN/AMid-Size CarsCompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
Hatch5-Door HB LTN/AS Hatchback4-Door SE2-Door Coupe Pure
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
45N/A552
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackN/AHatchbackHatchbackCoupe
Transmission     
AutomaticNAN/AAutomaticAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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