Video: CNN Money Says Fiat 500e Looks Like a Toy, But It’s a Kick to Drive

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 7

Both the Fiat 500e and Chevy Spark EV have a rather toy-ish appearance, mostly due to their miniature dimensions.

Toy Looks...Not Toy-Like Performance Though

Toy Looks…Not Toy-Like Performance Though

Though we find the 500e to be the more visually appealing of the two, it’s not like either one is a slouch in terms of performance.

Both are highly capable and ultra-efficient electric vehicles, which means that their looks shouldn’t detract too much from their overall appeal.

No, these aren’t woefully underpowered electrics likes the Scion iQ EV.

While we understand that appearance is important for some buyers, we do know that most consumers out there can overlook some style issues if what’s on the inside shines.

And shines it does, says CNN Money in its brief video review of the Fiat 500e.

Yes, it may look toy-ish, but as CNN Money says, it’s a kick to drive.  And, in the end, how it drives should trump all other factors when considering your next vehicle purchase.

For only $199 per month to lease, it’s hard to go wrong with either the 500e or Spark EV.  If performance is what you’re after, then the Spark EV is the right choice here.  If it’s style and range, then we’d opt for the Fiat 500e.

Which one would you choose?

The Chevrolet Spark EV And Fiat 500e Lineup Well Against Each Other (click to enlarge)

The Chevrolet Spark EV And Fiat 500e Lineup Well Against Each Other (click to enlarge)

 

 

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7 responses to "Video: CNN Money Says Fiat 500e Looks Like a Toy, But It’s a Kick to Drive"

  1. zilm says:

    Oh, another journalist got a car no one will be able to buy!

    1. TASER54 says:

      New EV motto, “No sale? No Sale!”

      1. Aaron says:

        You CAN buy the 500e, though! The lease rate is great, so most people will opt for that. You can’t buy the Fit EV. God only knows what will happen to those cars after the lease.

  2. kdawg says:

    Nice comparison. Given the data, I would choose the Spark EV. More torque/accel and bigger. Only gripe I have is the 3.3kW charger, however not sure how much that would come into play. The high-speed DC charger would prob. take care of quick-charging.

  3. Stuart22 says:

    Your opinions on style are your opinion. Neither one could be called ‘well styled’. The Fiat looks dated with its round lines and interior, but that was intended and one can like it or not. I never would have called the original 500 ‘stylish’. The Spark has more modern lines, sharper and more creased. Both have character of their own, and will appeal in different ways to different people. Where there will be a clear cut judgment is in performance, and it appears the Spark wins hands down.

  4. Aaron says:

    As much as I don’t like two-door cars, I would have to go with the Fiat. Sure, the Spark is faster, but how often are you going to drag-rage your EV? Not that much or you’re going to have poor range.

    The charger 3.3kW vs. 6.6kW means little to me. My current EV has a 3.3kW charger and has no problems when I plug it in overnight. The 6.6kW charger would be nice when topping off the charge when the range is questionable without having to resort to the few-and-far-between SAE quick charger stations.

    The Fiat doesn’t look so annoyingly narrow and tippy as the Spark. If you’ve seen a (ICE) Spark on the road, it is incredibly narrow — looks even more narrow than my i-MiEV. I know EVs have a low center of gravity, but the Spark looks like a strong wind gust will tip it over.

    The interior quality of the 500e is outstanding. Fiat spent some money getting the interior just right, including the push-button shifter. (Why don’t more EVs have this?!?)

    1. Open-Mind says:

      “Sure, the Spark is faster, but how often are you going to drag-rage your EV?”

      Almost every day. Almost every stop light. My daily commute is less than 20 miles. 🙂