How the Fiat 500e Stacks Up Against the Fiat 500 Lounge

5 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

Fiat 500e is Priced at $22,500 After Incentives in California

Fiat 500e is Priced at $22,500 After Incentives in California

When Fiat shocked the electric vehicle world with its 500e pricing announcement, attention turned to comparing it to other plug-in vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF and upcoming Chevy Spark EV.

Fiat 500 Lounge Base MSRP Starts at $18,500, but When Equipped Comparably to the 500e, its Price Jumps Over $22,000

Fiat 500 Lounge Base MSRP Starts at $18,500, but When Equipped Comparably to the 500e, its Price Jumps Over $22,000

But lost in the hoopla was a comparison we’d say is more worthy of headlines.  It was Fiat who first pointed out this comparison, but the automaker only focused on price, stating:

“The Fiat 500e is priced at $32,500, which includes a $700 destination charge. However, eligible California residents may be able to purchase the 500e for as low as $20,500, after federal credits, state incentives and FIAT rebates are included. That’s about $200 less than the current starting price of a comparably-equipped Fiat 500 Lounge with a gas engine.”

There’s more to a vehicle than price alone, right?  How ’bout comparing horsepower figures?  MPGe versus MPG?  Maybe 0 to 60 mph times?  Here we dive into the details in an attempt to compare the $32,500 (prior to incentives) Fiat 500e to a similarly equipped $21,000-ish Fiat 500 Lounge.

Fiat 500e Specs:

500e is Environmentally Sexy

500e is Environmentally Sexy

Horsepower: 111 hp

Torque: 147 pound-feet

Estimated 0 to 60 mph: 9.1 seconds

Range: EPA Estimated 87 miles

MPGe: 122 city, 108 highway

 

Fiat 500 Lounge Equipped With Automatic Transmission:

Fiat 500 Lounge Isn't as Environmentally Sexy

Fiat 500 Lounge Isn’t as Environmentally Sexy

Horsepower: 101 hp

Torque:  98 pound-feet

Listed o to 60 mph: 9.4 Seconds

Range: Up to 314 miles

MPG: 27 city, 34 highway

Both vehicles can be purchased or leased for roughly the same price.  One, the Fiat 500e, is only available initially in California, while the other, the 500 Lounge, is a nationwide offering.  But with all the comparo specs now in hand, which of the two vehicles reigns supreme?  The answer, if you exclude range or if that’s not an issue for you, is obvious.  Don’t you think?

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4 responses to "How the Fiat 500e Stacks Up Against the Fiat 500 Lounge"

  1. zilm says:

    With such a great introduction I’m interested how well do americans like gasoline Fiat 500 and find some stats.
    Fiat 500 had 20k sales in 2011 and smth like 40k+ (didnt find exact number) in 2012. March 2013 sales totaled 3,807 units so I don’t think we’ll see Fiat 500e numbers that can beat Leaf. But every additional car increase overall numbers so it’s great anyway!

    1. KeiJidosha says:

      The 500e and Lounge will only compete with each other in California, plus range and charge access make the pool of potential 500e drivers significantly smaller than for the Lounge in the golden state. But the 500e is purposely ICE like, so for commuters with a garage, Fiat has defiantly taken acquisition price out of the decision equation. It will be telling if the 500e moves faster in showrooms than the Fit EV and RAV4EV did. And as interesting will be how Chevy positions the Spark EV with it’s ICE twin.

  2. IRS4 says:

    Add to the comparison white sticker access to the HOV lanes until 2015. That’s pretty valuable!

    1. IRS4 says:

      With gas in L.A. at $4.25 and overnight electrons at 10 cents per kilowatt hour, I will save $100+ in fuel per month