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2017 FIAT 500 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 FIAT 500 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.6

Although the 2017 Fiat 500 has fun colors that can be personalized by mixing and matching, some find the interior materials subpar. There are, however, some impressive details where the stylish Italian influence comes into play, including nine different interior color combinations to choose from. For 2017, Fiat is no longer grouping available options into categories. All optional features are now available in any model, allowing for ultimate personalization.

The Fiat 500’s standard Uconnect infotainment system is easy to use. The front seats have a decent amount of room for most adults, but the rear seats are tight, and cargo space is limited.

  • "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 $17,000." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Much of the 500's interior is a mixed bag. Despite the zippy appearance and colors throughout the cabin, the quality of most materials is subpar." -- Edmunds
  • “The clean interior design manages to be both retro and modern, and aside from the seat position, ergonomics are good." -- Motor Trend (2012)

Seating                                                        

The Fiat 500 seats four and comes with standard cloth seats. Leather-trimmed front seats are available. The front seats are surprisingly spacious, unless you opt for the available sunroof, which cuts down on headroom in the front. Additionally, the lack of a telescoping steering wheel may make it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Passengers will not be pleased with the limited head- and legroom in the rear seats.

  • "There is ample room in the front seats for taller occupants, but be advised that the tilt-only steering wheel can make finding a comfortable driving position a challenge and the optional sunroof noticeably reduces headroom. The rear seats for any 500 are pretty much what you'd expect: torture for those older than preschool age, with basically nonexistent headroom in the hatchback due to the sloping rear glass." -- Edmunds
  • Fiat's subcompact 500 for 2017 is roomier up front than you might expect, and just as tight in back as it looks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The shelf-like dashboard leaves plenty of room to stretch out, and there are strategic portions of door padding where knees come to rest." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

While the interior may lack space, it doesn’t lack cool features. The Fiat 500 comes standard with the easy-to-use Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system. This system includes Bluetooth connectivity, integrated voice commands, and a 5-inch touch-screen radio. This allows drivers to send and receive phone calls and text messages. A sunroof, navigation, and a Beats premium sound system with satellite radio and a trunk-mounted subwoofer are available in all trims. Additionally, all models are available as a Cabrio.

See 2017 Fiat 500 specs and trims »

  • “The 500's control layout is also a bit of a mishmash, including odd controls for the standard (non-automatic) climate system. We like the Uconnect infotainment system's 5-inch user-friendly menus, though the screen itself is small by 2017 standards." -- Edmunds
  • The climate controls have a more-traditional layout, though we vastly prefer rotary knobs to the push-button arrangement found here." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • “[The] optional Beats stereo thumps out clear enough sound to overcome road and wind noise, but editors agreed the bass underwhelmed despite a trunk-mounted subwoofer." -- Cars.com (2013)

Cargo

The 2017 Fiat 500 isn’t made for big shopping trips or hauling bags for weekend getaways. With only 9.5 cubic feet with all seats in use and 30.2 with the rear seats folded, the 500 doesn’t hold much, and the Cabrio holds even less. Additionally, the Cabrio has limited rear visibility when the top is folded down.

  • With the rear seatbacks up, the hatchback presents a reasonable 9.5 cubic feet of luggage space. Drop the seatbacks and you open up a total of 30.2 cubic feet. That's not bad for such a small car, but the two-door Mini Cooper hatchback gives you more (34 cubes), and four-door hatchbacks including the Honda Fit are even roomier. Cargo capacity for the 500C isn't nearly as generous, as there are just 5.4 cubic feet available behind the rear seats and 23.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down." -- Edmunds
  • "With the rear seats up, you might be able to get a pair of soft-side carry-on bags in the back. Drop the seats and it's a little hatchback with lots of room to throw small stuff in, through the liftgate." -- New Car Test Drive (2013)

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