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Top Features of Base Model
- Power-assisted, folding cloth roof
- Front-wheel drive
- MacPherson struts
- Hill Holder
- Choice of 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission
- LED daytime running lights
"Iconic" is the word that immediately comes to mind with the Fiat 500C. The new 500C is a descendant of the original Fiat 500C built in Turin between the years 1957 and 1975. The vehicle is now assembled in Tychy, Poland, from parts manufactured in Turin.
With a top that folds all the way down, the Fiat 500C is a true convertible car. It also has the elements of a coupe: door frames, B-pillars, and immobile rear side windows.
With a two-cylinder, 875-cc TwinAir engine, the 2019 Fiat 500C is the most powerful 500 car that you can buy without paying for an upgrade. It delivers 84 brake horsepower and 106 ft-lb of torque, and it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in a leisurely 11 seconds. It has a top speed of 99-107 mph.
According to the Fiat USA website, the city/highway/combined mileage in a car with manual transmission is 28/33/30 mpg. With an automatic transmission, those figures go down to 24/32/27 mpg.
What’s New in the 2019 Fiat 500C?
The Fiat 500C 120th is a cabriolet with a unique Tuxedo color scheme in black and white. In celebration of Fiat's 120th anniversary year, it comes with six months of ad-free Apple Music. The 120th has five trim levels to select from: the Pop, Lounge, Sport, Star, and Rockstar.
What Does the 2019 Fiat 500C Compete With?
People who buy the Fiat 500C also look at the SEAT Mii, Skoda Citigo, and Volkswagen Up. Because of its classic good looks, some new car hunters compare it to the MINI hatchback. Smart cars are also competitors due to their small footprint and excellent fuel economy.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Fiat 500C
The Fiat 500C Pop convertible is the basic trim level for the 120th. It comes with an electric soft top with integrated spoiler, 14-inch steel wheel covers, power-assisted side view mirrors, and chrome-plated outer door handles. The Fiat 500C 120th Lounge trim level comes equipped with a chrome kit, 15-inch alloy wheels, and body-colored side-view mirrors, each with an external temperature sensor and defrost capabilities.
The 500C 120th Sport convertible has a host of added bells and whistles, including 15-inch alloy wheels, mirror covers, and selected exterior details, all in Satin Graphic. The Sport also boasts self-colored side skirts as well as a chrome exhaust tip. The Star comes with alloy wheels and chrome bumper inserts. The Rockstar has an optional chrome kickplate and dark tinted windows.
Interior and Comfort of the Fiat 500C
Inside, the basic Fiat 500C Pop comes with power-assisted front windows and ventilation system, and the steering wheel adjusts to accommodate the height of the driver. The 500C Lounge has the same interior features as the Pop. The Sport seats have leather inserts and the 500S logo, and the Star and Rockstar models have fabric seats with leather inserts as well as a Matt dashboard.
The higher trim models provide extra comfort for consumers with air conditioning, cruise control, and a leather steering wheel. Rear parking sensors, fog lights, and a 50/50 split-folding rear seat enhance the vehicle. Both rear seats have adjustable head restraints.
What Technology Comes with the 2019 Fiat 500?
The Fiat 500C 120th standard trim, the 500C Pop, comes equipped with LED daytime running lights as well as USB/Aux-in radio. The next higher trim, the Lounge, has a 7-inch touch-screen radio with added DAB and Bluetooth. The 500C Sport has a 7-inch HD touchscreen and Android Auto/Apple Car Play connectivity. The 500C Star features a 7-inch instrument cluster and 3D navigation, and so does the Rockstar model.
What Kind of Safety Features Are in the 2019 Fiat 500C?
Standard safety features available on the full range of trim levels for the Fiat 500C 120th include seven airbags, a speed limiter, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
What’s the 2019 Fiat 500 Like to Drive?
The Fiat 500 is easy to drive. Ergonomically laid-out buttons are a big enough size that large fingers can activate them without pressing something else at the same time.
Essentially a city car, the 500 slips into the smallest parking space. While 6-foot or taller drivers have a lot to complain about in smaller cars, the 500 offers surprisingly ample leg room.
Borrowing its chassis and wheelbase from the Fiat Panda, the 500C delivers superior handling thanks to its wider tracks and lower roof. A torsion beam rear axle and MacPherson strut front suspension work as a team to deliver a smooth ride for occupants.
The MacPherson strut system combines a telescoping strut with a coiled spring. Together, the two parts function as a single unit. When the car encounters a disturbance such as a speed bump or rocky, uneven terrain, the system springs into action.
Advantages of the MacPherson strut are that it is simple and low maintenance. Developed by a General Motors engineer in 1947, the system is widely used in Europe and is becoming incorporated into American cars. On the downside, the MacPherson strut introduces an element of inward-tilting camber when it is in use.
The demographic that Fiat hoped to capture with the 500C is young, urban, style-conscious, and environmentally conscious. The sporty handling of the car was specifically designed for those who like fast cars with tight steering.
The aesthetics of the car are unique, making it perfect for consumers who want to stand out. Unlike many sports cars with large engines, the high fuel efficiency of the 500C offers a fun ride without a large bill at the gas pump or a large carbon footprint.
The small chassis footprint and tight turning radius also make city parking easier. For those living or working in a busy urban environment, this makes the Fiat 500C a good city commuter car.
Pros and Cons of the 2019 FIAT 500c
- Colorful retro dashboard and bight, cheery appearance
- MacPherson strut suspension system offers a smooth ride
- Powerful, 3700-watt RMS sound system
- Good fuel efficiency
- Hill Holder that grabs the brakes and keeps the vehicle from falling backward on steep hills
- Wind and engine noise at motorway speeds
- Compact interior may be uncomfortable for taller drivers
- MacPherson struts force the tires into an inward-turning camber when activated by rugged terrain
The first model of the Fiat 500 rolled off the assembly line in 1957. Over the next 18 years, the plant in Turin built 4 million of the cool cars. That would be an impressive figure by today’s standard; 60 years ago, it was phenomenal.
The original Fiat had a 479-cc engine that produced 13 horsepower. The Fiat 500 formed the starting material for the body of the second-generation Ford Ka.
What made the little Fiat such a success? Engineered to exhilarate rather than accelerate, it wasn’t its speed. The Fiat 500C actually stole hearts with its cheerful style. It also produces a pleasing, sporty sound when you speed up from around 25 mph to your final cruising speed.
The motoring public adored the original model so much that, in Italy alone, roughly 400,000 of the original Fiat 500 still adorn Italy's roads today. Following a prolonged hiatus between 1975 and 2007, Fiat produced a new 500 vehicle. The Fiat 500C was first launched in the United States that year based on the success of the reinvented Mini Cooper and Smart cars within similar target markets.
Specs & Key Features of the 2019 FIAT 500c
- Body Style
- 1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo
- 135 hp
- 6-Speed Aisin F21-250 HD Automatic
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo
- Transmission: 6-Speed Aisin F21-250 HD Automatic -inc: 3.502 Final Drive Ratio
- 50 State Emissions
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 3.35 Axle Ratio
- 500CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 120 Amp Alternator
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front Anti-Roll Bar
- Sport Tuned Suspension
- Electric Power-Assist Steering
- 10.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Aluminum
- Tires: 195/45R16XL
- Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper
- Black Side Windows Trim
- Chrome Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Fixed Interval Wipers
- Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
- Power Convertible Top w/Lining and Glass Rear Window
- Grille w/Chrome Bar
- Front License Plate Bracket
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Front Fog Lamps
- Radio: Uconnect 3 w/5" Display
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
- 6 Alpine Speakers
- 276w Regular Amplifier
- Window Grid Antenna
- Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Fore/Aft Movement and Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
- 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Fixed Rear Windows
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter and Illuminated Entry
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Manual Air Conditioning
- Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
- Interior Trim -inc: Body-Colored Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Cloth Door Trim Insert
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
- Partial Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Front Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
- Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
- Driver And Passenger Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Digital/Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Driver And Front Passenger Armrests
- 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
- Engine Immobilizer
- 1 12V DC Power Outlet
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Rear Parking Sensors
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Driver Knee Airbag
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
- ParkView Back-Up Camera