2018 FIAT 500e vs. Its Competition

2018 Fiat 500e
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2018 Fiat 500e is outgunned in range by nearly all electric vehicles except one: the 2018 Smart Fortwo.

Both Fiat and Smart are sold in low numbers but cost as much as the rest of the field.

We’re fans of the Chevrolet Bolt EV not only because of its 238-mile range, but also for its spacious interior and hatchback versatility.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is rated at 125 miles of electric range, less than the Nissan Leaf, but it looks sharp and classic.

The Leaf is new for 2018 and offers up to 151 miles of electric range, and a longer-range model is in the works for next year.

The Ford Focus Electric is similarly unloved by its own maker and is both hard to find and hard to recommend.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2018 Fiat 500e is a fashionable way to drive an all-electric vehicle, but its comparatively short battery range and limited availability undermines its broader appeal.
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
6.6
The 2018 Ford Focus Electric is a competent battery-powered compact hatchback, but it’s low-volume, not available everywhere, and its cargo bay should have been redesigned years ago.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is improved in every way over its aged predecessor: it’s better-looking, nicer inside, and has more power and battery range, at a relatively affordable price.
6.5
There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
5.4
The 2018 Smart ForTwo, now sold only as an electric vehicle, remains the easiest car in the U.S. to park on crowded streets—and low battery range will keep it mostly urban anyway.
MSRP From     
$32,995$36,620N/A$29,990$20,910$23,800
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricElectricN/AElectricIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Electric
EPA Class     
Minicompact Cars- TBD -N/AMid-Size CarsCompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
Hatch5-Door HB LTN/AS Hatchback1.8T S Manualpure coupe
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/AAutomaticManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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