Fiat 500e Winner of 2014 Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” Award


Fiat 500e Fueleconomy

Fiat 500e Fuel economy

After evaluating 44 powertrains in October and November, Ward’s Auto editors announced the winners with one EV making the “10 Best Engines” list (of course, EVs have motors, not engine, but we’ll let this slip up slide for now).

This is first time since late 2010—when Ward’s 2011 “10 Best Engines” list contained the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt—that any EV made the list.

The lucky EV to have made the 2014 “10 Best” list is the Fiat 500e.

2014 Ward’s 10 Best Engines:

  • 3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S5)
  • 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC I-6 (BMW 535d)
  • 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel)
  • 83-kW Electric Motor (Fiat 500e)
  • 1.0L EcoBoost DOHC I-3 (Ford Fiesta)
  • 2.0L Turbodiesel DOHC I-4 (Chevrolet Cruze Diesel)
  • 6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray)
  • 3.5L SOHC V-6 (Honda Accord)
  • 2.7L DOHC H-6 boxer (Porsche Cayman)
  • 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Volkswagen Jetta)

Why the Fiat 500e?

We must remember that the Fiat 500e has one of the lowest energy-usages out of all of the electric cars available on the market.

Here’s what Ward’s says of its inclusion of the 500e:

“At the other end of the spectrum is the 500e electric city car, a first-time Ward’s 10 Best Engines honor for the Fiat brand.”

“The 83-kW electric motor, fueled by a 24-kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, delivers 147 lb.-ft. (200 Nm) of torque at step-off, sending the 3,000-lb. (1,361-kg) 500e from the chute like a pinball. The car repeatedly charged to 85 miles (137 km) of range, as advertised, but it consistently outperformed its indicated range.”

“Several EVs have been evaluated in recent years, but the 500e feels lighter, keeps up with highway traffic more capably, is loads of fun to drive and is reasonably affordable ($33,095 sticker). Supplier Bosch contributed extensive engineering to the powertrain components.”

“For now, the 500e is available only in California, where incentives reduce the price. But a spike in fuel prices might have the rest of the country clamoring for it.”

A win for Fiat, but this is another year without the Tesla Model S among the winners.  Ward’s Auto puts a base price cap of $60,000 for its “10 Best Engines” award, so Tesla will probably have to wait until its Model E comes out to have a shot at getting on the list.

Source: Ward’s Auto (sub. req.)

Category: Fiat


13 responses to "Fiat 500e Winner of 2014 Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” Award"
  1. vdiv says:

    Il cinquecento elettrico ottenuto riconosciuto! Congratulazioni! :{)

  2. Mercedes-Benz says:

    still have yet to see a 500e on the road anywhere

    1. Nate says:

      I see one on most workdays. It is a cool little car.

  3. David Murray says:

    It’s sad that a compliance car would win such an award.

  4. Spec9 says:

    ” But a spike in fuel prices might have the rest of the country clamoring for it.”

    I think many are already clamoring for it.

  5. taser54 says:

    Spark EV was unavailable because someone was driving it.

    1. kdawg says:

      Yes, I was going to mention the Spark EV. It’s motor is more efficient and delivers more torque. It also costs $6,000 less than the Fiat.

      1. Yeah, but is it environmentally sexy?

        1. kdawg says:

          Apparently it’s too sexy for this list.

      2. GSP says:

        It seems that wards is confusing the engine with the rest of the car. Most of wards comments are not about the motor or powertrain.

        The Spark EV has a better motor, but maybe not as sexy styling, and it has ZERO Italian heritage.


  6. I couldn’t help recalling that the Fiat 500e had the problems with half shafts coming off.

    The engine is so good, it leaves other parts of itself behind!

  7. Poupou33 says:

    It´s a shame the zoe isn’t sold in north America. It´s a great car with more than 100 mile of real range. It´s sold in Europe at 22000 €

  8. Jane Taylor says:

    I have one! Electric orange.