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Abarth 500e

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Abarth 500e

(2023 - present)

    Summary


    Based on the Fiat 500 Electric, the Abarth 500e is a compact all-electric hot hatch (also available with a roll-back canvas roof) that will become available to order in the UK later in 2023.

    Set to be the first performance-focused electric city car to go on sale, the 500e is currently in a class of its own. “Rivals are few and far between”, Parker‘s Murray Scullion explains, “especially ones this size”.

    The range-topping Mini Electric and Honda e variants are similar in terms of size and power, but the Abarth claims to be more agile for greater driving enjoyment. It also promises a longer 186-mile battery range.

    “It’s cheeky and fun, if not fast”, the Top Gear team concludes, praising the uprated city car for its engaging driving experience and “quiet and pretty civilised” road manners at cruising speeds, but also pointing out that the Abarth’s 0-62mph sprint time of seven seconds flat is “what you might call toasty rather than searing performance.”

    Like Abarth’s hot-hatch versions of the petrol Fiat 500, the Abarth 500e gets sportier looks, bigger wheels, more equipment and upgraded suspension to differentiate it from the regular Fiat version.

    While the 500e is quicker off the line, Abarth’s petrol models are faster, and don’t have need for the 500e’s rather controversial sound generator. This sound generator mimics the sound of a petrol car, and is “surprisingly loud both inside and outside the car” according to Carbuyer, which also argues that this system can get quite “tiresome” as there are no volume controls for lower speeds.

    As of July 2023, the Abarth 500e holds an Expert Rating of 69%, based on ten reviews published by the UK motoring media to date. This is a brand new model, however, so we expect to see more reviews published once the car reaches our shores, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

    500e highlights

    • Agile and engaging around town
    • Easy to drive
    • Well-equipped as standard

    500e lowlights

    • Petrol Abarth models are more powerful
    • Cramped rear seats
    • Controversial sound generator

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small three-door hatch and cabriolet
    Engines:
    electric, battery-powered
    Price:
    From £34,195 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2023
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 4 stars
    Date tested: December 2021
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 76%
    Child protection: 80%
    Vulnerable road users: 67%
    Safety assist: 67%

    The Abarth 500e shares its safety rating with the Fiat 500 Electric, as the two vehicles are structurally the same.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    As of June 2023, the Abarth 500e has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    No reliability rating

    The Abarth 500e is a brand-new model, so we don’t yet have enough reliability data to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the 500e, we’ll publish the score here.

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