2014 Fiat 500
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.
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2014 Fiat 500
Horsepower @ RPM:101 @ 6500
Torque @ RPM:98 @ 4000
0-60 time:10.5 sec.
Top Speed:120 mph
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.
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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.
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.