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2013 FIAT 500 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 FIAT 500 was new.


Interior: 6.4

While some test drivers criticize the 2013 Fiat 500’s interior for cheap materials, hard-to-use interior technology, cramped seating and skimpy cargo space, other reviewers say that the 500’s interior is eccentric and cute. They say the 500’s colorful, retro design makes it unique.

  • "Most materials are hollow plastic, which reflects the car's economy-oriented roots. A large plastic panel extends across the entire face of the dashboard and is painted to match the exterior color. We think it adds a sporty vibe to the cabin, but some buyers might find it a bit too ostentatious." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior style lives up to the promise of the quirky but fashionable exterior, and we found the materials, build quality and seat comfort impressive for a car with a starting price around $16,000." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin materials don't set any new standards for a sub-$20,000 car, but the 500's appealing trim pieces lend a fresh, avant-garde flavor that draws attention away from some cheaper plastics." -- Cars.com (2012)


The 2013 Fiat 500 seats four. The 500’s front seats receive positive reviews for being comfortable and offering a good perspective of the road ahead. Though the front seats are comfortable, some test drivers think that models with the optional sunroof don’t have enough headroom. Some critics also say rear visibility is poor. They also report that the rear seats have little knee- and legroom for adults, but some reviewers think that the rear row will suffice for brief trips.

  • "The seats are comfortable and high set, which makes for a commanding forward view. Headroom suffers as a result, particularly on models equipped with the sunroof." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The dash and upright view make the 500's cabin a pleasant place to spend time, although trying to look over your shoulder at other traffic reveals a Big Gulp-sized blind spot." -- Jalopnik (2012)
  • "The rear seats are tiny, providing headroom for short adults up to about five-foot, five-inches. Taller passengers will ride with their necks bent because there's not enough legroom to slouch." -- Autoblog (2012)
  • "Up front, the 500 does a good job of not feeling tiny, thanks to the chair-high seats, fairly big windows, and low dash." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Fiat 500 comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, auxiliary input jack, USB port and Bluetooth. Optional features include a power sunroof, satellite radio, a six-speaker Alpine audio system, six-speaker Beats audio system and a TomTom navigation system.

The automotive press has several complaints about the 500’s interior features. Reviewers find that both the Bluetooth and iPod interface are difficult to use. They also say that the radio interface makes it hard to choose songs, and find that the portable TomTom navigation unit, which mounts on the dashboard, is also complicated and isn’t as easy to use as the Garmin units Chrysler uses in some of its vehicles.

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  • "The available navigation system is a standalone TomTom-brand unit. It's not as intuitive as the Garmin-brand units found in other Chrysler Group vehicles." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Fiat boasts that its ‘Blue & Me’ system has the ability to control your Bluetooth-enabled phone and iPod using voice controls. ‘Wow, that's just like Ford's Sync,’ you might think. Unfortunately, while the Bluetooth phone controls are passable, the iPod system is a joke." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The optional Bose audio system sounds just okay - better than the base system, presumably - and we couldn't navigate via artist or song title while using the USB interface; we just skipped to the next song." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "The radio interface isn't adequate for music selection, and voice command works poorly." -- CNET (2012)


The hardtop 2013 Fiat 500 has 9.5 cubic feet of cargo space. With the rear seats folded, that cargo space increases to 30.1 cubic feet. The 500c has 5.4 cubic feet of cargo space when there are two rear passengers. Test drivers say the 2013 500 doesn’t have much cargo space at all, but they aren’t surprised or very disappointed by this fact because the 500 is a small vehicle. They do say, however, that the available room is useful for carrying groceries. Few critics talk about interior storage, but one who does says it is acceptable.

  • "The backseat and trunk area, the latter with a smallish 9.5 cubic feet, aren’t good for much more than groceries, and occasional hapless passengers." -- Cars.com (2012)
  • "Interior storage is adequate, and there's an available slide-out bin beneath the passenger seat that adds some welcome storage space." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Not surprisingly, trunk space is also modest. There's more length to the cargo area than in a Mini, but the 500's sloping roof line makes it less useful for carrying larger items when the backseats are folded down. In general, the 500 will be OK for shopping or a quick weekend away, but you'll need another car for big-ticket items." -- Edmunds (2012)

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