Fiat debuted the 500 in the U.S. at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show , and since then the model proved itself to be a real success. As no surprise, the model continued to evolve over the years, and for the 2014 model year, Fiat is adding new colors and wheels and some new standard features.
The interior was also revised with lowered seats for increased headroom and for increased comfort, the seats are combined with armrest and position memory. Fuel economy remains unchanged, leaving the 500 as one of the best in its class at 31 mpg city and 40 mpg Highway.
As with the previous years, the 500 will continue to come in four trim levels: Pop, Sport, Lounge and Turbo. Fiat will announce prices at a later date, but we expect it to remain close to the current $16k base price tag.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500.
For the 2014 model year, the 500 continues to offer the same unique Italian style, with the only new items being the additions of two new exterior colors: — Granito Lucente (granite crystal) and Nero Puro (straight black) — and new five-split-spoke 16-inch aluminum wheels with a polished (500 Sport) or Hyper Nero (500 Turbo) face.
Standard Exterior Features — 2014 Fiat 500 and 500C
500 and 500C Pop:
- 15-inch steel wheels with chrome-accented wheel covers and all-season tires
- Chromed exhaust tip
- Power windows
- Power door locks
- Power heated mirrors
- 500C models adds dual-layer power cloth top available in Nero, Bordeaux or Beige with wind deflector and integrated rear spoiler.
- 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets and all-season tires
- Unique bodyside sill cladding
- Liftgate-mounted roof spoiler
- Rosso painted brake calipers
- Fog lamps
- Sport-tuned suspension
- Modified springs
- Shock tuning
- Steering calibration
- Exhaust tuning
500 and 500c Lounge:
- Front and rear fascia chromed accents
- Chrome mirror caps
- Fog lamps
- Fixed glass roof
- 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels with nine-spoke design and all-season tires
- 500C model gets 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels with seven split-spoke design and
- Premium dual-layer power cloth top available in Nero, Bordeaux or Beige with wind deflector and integrated rear spoiler
- Performance-designed front fascia with twin “nostrils”
- Gloss Black headlamp
- Tail lamp and parking lamp bezels
- Bolder-styled side skirts
- Liftgate-mounted spoiler
- Two-piece rear fascia with black-accented rear diffuser
- Sport-tuned exhaust
- Unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Nero painted pockets
|Wheelbase||90.6 In. (2,300 MM)|
|Track, Front||55.4 In. (1,406.8 MM)|
|Track, Rear||55.0 In. (1,397.0 MM)|
|Overall Length||139.6 In. (3,546.7 MM)|
|Overall Width||64.1 In. (1,627.0 MM)|
|Overall Height||59.8 In. (1,519 MM)|
|Ground Clearance||4.1 In. (104.0 MM)|
|Drag Coefficient (Cd)||0.332|
A few more updates were made on the interior where Fiat tried to increase both the comfort and headroom. In order to obtain this, Fiat lowered the seats by 1 inch (25 mm) and equipped them with armrests and position memory.
Standard Interior Features — 2014 Fiat 500 and 500C
500 and 500C Pop:
- Seven standard air bags
- Air conditioning
- AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with auxiliary audio input, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
- BLUE&ME handsfree communication technology with USB port, eco:Drive application and iPod control capability
- Speed control
- Reconfigurable Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer
- 500C model adds ParkSense rear-park assist and windshield-mounted antennae
- Sport-styled seating
- Sport steering wheel
- Nero/Grigio (black/gray) or Grigio/Marrone (gray/brown) interior environment
- FIAT premium audio system with six premium speakers and 276-watt amplifier
500 and 500C Lounge:
- Premium cloth seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
- SiriusXM Radio
- FIAT premium audio system with six premium speakers and 276-watt amplifier and security alarm
- Sport-styled seating
- Sport-designed leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
- Argento stitching and Grigio/Nero seating and interior environment
|Head room||38.9 In. (989.1 MM)/ 37.6 In. (956.3 MM) with sunroof|
|Legroom||40.7 In. (1,034.8 MM)|
|Shoulder room||49.4 In. (1,254.8 MM)|
|Hip room||47.9 In. (1,215.4 MM)|
|Total seat travel Driver||8.2 In. (210.0 MM)|
|Passenger||8.2 In. (210.0 MM)|
|EPA front row interior volume||43.8 cu. ft. (1.239 cu. m)|
|Head room||35.6 In. (902.9 MM)|
|Legroom||31.7 In. (805.1 MM)|
|Knee clearance||3.8 In. (96.5 MM)|
|Shoulder room||46.4 In. (1,177.5 MM)|
|Hip room||42.6 In. (1,083.1 MM)|
|EPA second row interior volume||30.2 cu. ft. (0.854 cu. m)|
Under the hood. the 500 and 500C keep the same engine lineup as with the previous years. The base model is powered by a 1.4-liter, inline-four engine with MultiAir technology for a total output of 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 98 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Turbo version gets a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with a total output of 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.
The base model deliver some of the best fuel economy in class, with a 31mpg in the city driving and 40 mpg on the highway. The Turbo version it is slightly lower at 28 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway.
|Engine||1.4-liter SOHC 16-Valve MultiAir inline-four cylinder||1.4-liter SOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged MultiAir inline-four cylinder|
|Type and Description||Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled||Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged|
|Displacement||83.48 cu. in. (1368 cu. cm)||83.48 cu. in. (1368 cu. cm)|
|Power (SAE net)||101 bhp (75 kW) @ 6,500 rpm (73.8 bhp/liter)||135 bhp (101 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (98.7 bhp/liter)|
|Torque (SAE net)||98 lb.-ft. (133 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm||150 lb.-ft. (203 N•m) @ 2,500-4,000 rpm|
|Max. Engine Speed||6,900 rpm (electronically limited)||6,500 rpm (electronically limited)|
Prices for the 2014 Fiat 500 were not announced yet, but we expect it to be closer to the current year: $16,100 for the coupe and $19,600 for the cabrio version.
The new-generation Mini Cooper will be unveiled on November 18th, 2013, both at the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Motor Show and Mini announced it as one of the best Coopers ever. We’ll find out soon enough just how good it really is.
The new Cooper will offer a new design language and a new three-cylinder engine family next to the conventional four-cylinder engines.
The Scion iQ was announced in 2011, but it failed to become as successful as the 500. Still, considering both models offer similar performance and price tags, you can consider the iQ can be considered a pretty strong competition.
The iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 94 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. Sure, that’s a little bit less than the base 500, but when you’re nearing the 100-horsepower mark, who’s counting?
The model is priced from $16,250, making it a pretty close competitor for the base Fiat 500.
Gallery Scion iQ
The Fiat 500 is maybe one of the most successful city cars on the U.S. market. Its funky look, the fact that it offers a choice of two engines — one of which is quite powerful, in fact — and a long list of standard features made lots of people fall in love with it.
- Two engine choices
- Increased headroom
- Retro look
- Limited cargo space
- Tight rear seats
- Poor rear visibility
Gallery Fiat 500
Beautiful Italian styling combined with timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology have been hallmark attributes for the Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) – making it a timeless icon for more than 50 years. And with the multiple varieties, including the Fiat 500 Cabrio (500c) and 500 Turbo models, the Cinquecento continues to provide Americans with a unique combination of style, European handling, technology and personalization options at an incredible value.
Continuous improvements to style and functionality
For 2014, the Fiat 500 Sport model offers a fresh-looking interior environment in new Avorio (ivory). Accenting the Nero (black) interior environment, the Fiat 500 Sport now offers new monotone Avorio cloth sport seats and corresponding instrument panel trim and sport steering wheel. Outside, new five split-spoke 16-inch aluminum wheels with polished (500 Sport) or Hyper Nero (500 Turbo) face feature a more sculptural appearance and a Rosso (red) accented wheel cap that matches the lacquered brake calipers.
In addition, all 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c models include a revised passenger seat that sits 1 inch (25 mm) lower for increased headroom. For even more comfort and convenience, the passenger seat now includes an arm rest, along with seat position memory with the tilt/slide handle.
New colors for the Fiat 500 and 500c lineup include Granito Lucente (granite crystal) and Nero Puro (straight black).
Fiat 500 Turbo delivers more performance to the lineup
For the driving enthusiast who wants a Fiat 500 Sport with more power and performance, the 2014 Fiat 500 Turbo answers the call with a 135-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, dynamic styling, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes and unique sport-styled interior.
The Fiat 500 Turbo features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34 percent more power (135 vs. 101 horsepower) and 53 percent more torque (150 vs. 98 lb.-ft.) compared to the Fiat 500’s naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. In addition, a track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission offers an intermediate shaft with equal-length half shafts to mitigate torque steer. The 500 Turbo also offers sport-tuned spring rates, shock tuning and steering calibration, along with a unique lower-control arm for spirited handling.
For a more aggressive appearance, the Fiat 500 Turbo features an aggressively styled front fascia, pushed 2.7 inches (6.9 cm) forward of the Cinquecento’s signature “whiskers and logo” face, to accommodate and cool the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine.
Bolder side skirts and unique 16-inch aluminum wheels — including the new Hyper Nero finished wheel with Nero painted pockets, enhance its iconic Cinquecento shape. At the rear, a liftgate-mounted spoiler extends the roofline, while a black-accented rear diffuser optimizes airflow. For a bolder look, Nero headlamp and tail lamp bezels replace chromed units, while a high-performance brake system features brake calipers lacquered in Rosso paint.
Inside, the Fiat 500 Turbo features sport-styled seating, performance-designed leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accented with Argento (silver) stitching and Grigio/Nero (gray/black) seating and interior environment. For an even more upscale look, heated leather seating in Nero/Nero (black/black) or vivid Rosso/Nero (red/black) is available.
An EPA estimated 40 mpg highway
For the individual who wants Italian style, personalization options and maximum fuel efficiency, the 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c deliver 31 mile per gallon (mpg) city and 40 mpg highway with the innovative 1.4-liter MultiAir engine and five-speed C514 manual transmission. For a more engaging driving experience, the driver can select the “Sport” mode on the instrument panel, which changes the throttle map for improved engine responsiveness.
The six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes is also available, providing smooth shifting and excellent fuel economy. With the six-speed automatic transmission, the driver can also select “Sport” mode on the instrument panel for a more aggressive shift schedule and a unique throttle map for improved engine responsiveness.
Segment-exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system
Beats by Dr. Dre audio system offers passengers of the Fiat 500 and 500c models a high-definition music experience the way the artist intended. The Beats Audio studio-quality sound system includes six premium speakers, an 8-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and eight-channel 368-watt amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing (DSP) algorithm.
Fiat 500 and 500c models
The amplified 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c models are infused with style, technology and convenience features to make life on the go more personalized and comforting – and with the 500 Turbo, even more thrilling.
Fiat 500 and 500c Pop
Designed for the individual who wants Italian style, efficiency and personalization options, the 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c Pop models include a five-speed manual transmission, 15-inch steel wheels with chrome-accented wheel covers and all-season tires, seven standard air bags, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with auxiliary audio input, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, BLUE&ME handsfree communication technology with USB port, eco:Drive application and iPod control capability, power windows, power door locks, power heated mirrors, speed control, chromed exhaust tip and reconfigurable Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer, miles-to-empty, average fuel economy and tire-pressure monitoring display (TPM).
In addition to the features included on the hatchback model, the Fiat 500c Pop model includes ParkSense rear-park assist, windshield-mounted antennae and a multi-position premium dual-layer power cloth top available in Nero, Bordeaux or Beige with wind deflector and integrated rear spoiler.
Fiat 500 Sport
For the enthusiast who demands Italian style with sport-tuned suspension and more convenience features, the 2014 Fiat 500 Sport model encompasses modified springs, shock tuning, steering calibration and exhaust tuning to deliver a more firm ride and responsive handling. The Sport model also includes a manual transmission and (in addition to the Fiat 500 Pop features) distinctively styled front and rear fascias with larger “honeycomb” grilles and flared aerodynamic treatment.
Between its unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets (or new optional 16-inch five split-spoke design with polished face with dark Mineral Gray painted pockets) and all-season tires, the Fiat 500 Sport incorporates unique bodyside sill cladding and a liftgate-mounted roof spoiler for a sporty appearance. Completing this athletic vehicle’s design theme are Rosso painted brake calipers attached to a sport-tuned suspension and fog lamps. Inside, the Fiat 500 Sport features unique sport-styled seating and a sport steering wheel surrounded by a Nero/Grigio (black/gray) or Grigio/Marrone (gray/brown) interior environment and FIAT premium audio system with six premium speakers and 276-watt amplifier. Available heated leather seating in Nero/Nero or vivid Rosso/Nero delivers an upscale look.
Fiat 500 and 500c Lounge
Tailored for individuals who want their Fiat 500 to reflect their fashion-oriented lifestyles, the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model features premium amenities (in addition to the Fiat 500 Pop features) including front and rear fascia chromed accents, chrome mirror caps, fog lamps, fixed glass roof, 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels with nine-spoke design and all-season tires, premium cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, SiriusXM Radio, FIAT premium audio system with six premium speakers and 276-watt amplifier and security alarm.
In addition to the features included on the hatchback model, the Fiat 500c Lounge model includes 15-inch cast-aluminum wheels with seven split-spoke design, ParkSense rear park assist, windshield-mounted antennae and a multi-position premium dual-layer power cloth top available in Nero, Bordeaux or Beige with wind deflector and integrated rear spoiler.
Fiat 500 Turbo
For the driving enthusiast who loves the 500 Sport’s looks but demands more power and performance, the 2014 Fiat 500 Turbo offers a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers 135 horsepower, dynamic styling, track-proven brakes and unique sport-styled interior.
The 135-horsepower MultiAir Turbo engine features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34 percent more power (135 vs. 101 horsepower) and 53 percent more torque (150 vs. 98 lb.-ft.) compared to the Fiat 500 Sport’s naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine. Additional powertrain upgrades include a track-proven five-speed manual transmission, intermediate shaft with equal-length and larger half shafts and larger constant velocity (CV) joints. Brake performance is improved with semi-metallic brake linings at all four corners and larger 11.1-inch ventilated front rotors (up from 10.1-inch) with unique lower control arm.
Additional exterior enhancements include a performance-designed front fascia with twin “nostrils,” Gloss Black headlamp, tail lamp and parking lamp bezels, bolder-styled side skirts, liftgate-mounted spoiler, two-piece rear fascia with black-accented rear diffuser, sport-tuned exhaust and unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Nero painted pockets. Inside, the Fiat 500 Turbo features sport-styled seating, sport-designed leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accented with Argento stitching and Grigio/Nero seating and interior environment. For an even more upscale look, heated leather seating in Nero/Nero or vivid Rosso/Nero is available.
Fiat’s successful small car formula worked then and still works now
Like the original Cinquecento, the 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c showcase the brand’s ingenuity to build world-class small cars that ignite a spirit of the times through simple design, beautiful craftsmanship and timeless value. As a result, the Fiat 500 has continued to surprise and delight customers worldwide for more than 50 years.
Satisfying the individual mobility need for Italians and other Europeans after the Second World War, the original Fiat “Nuova” 500 became a catalyst in 1957 for the country of the “poor but beautiful” to be not quite as poor. With almost 4 million examples produced between 1957 and 1975, the small and efficient Fiat 500 succeeded in providing an affordable, comfortable and reliable transportation solution while helping to ignite Italy’s post-war economic recovery.
More than 50 years later, and thanks to its stylistic and modern technological features, the modern Fiat 500 represents the spark of another milestone along the lasting process of expansion. And this is where its history started again.
Reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the 2014 Fiat 500 builds on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 1 million Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 110 countries around the world. The model’s unquestionable popularity is the result of the Fiat 500’s great ability to deliver unmatched personalization options with advanced solutions in terms of quality, engine performance and passenger comfort. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year, Best New Engine of 2010 (FIAT MultiAir Turbo) and a 2012 “Recommended Pick” by Consumer Guide.