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2018 FIAT 500 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.5

Compliments for this Fiat’s interior quality tend to come with a qualifier – it’s nice for the price. Hard plastics line the cabin and the interior materials are low-quality. However, there are areas where the stylish Italian influence comes into play. Every Fiat 500 can be personalized with nine different interior color combinations, and a minimalistic, retro design gives this car a unique style.

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 seat is 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 $17,500." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Hard plastics are more prevalent in the Fiat 500 than in its competition. The surfaces feel flimsy and have a tendency to creak. For the most part, the interior falls short of the standard set by the Mini Hardtop." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the quirks continue with a stylish cabin that's quite clearly a more special environment than those found in subcompact cars of a similar price." -- Autotrader

Seating

The Fiat 500 seats four and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a 50/50 split-folding rear seat. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. The front seats are surprisingly spacious, unless you opt for the available sunroof, which reduces headroom. Additionally, the lack of a telescoping steering wheel may make it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. Cramped headroom and limited space in the back mean the rear seat is best left for children.

  • "Most adults will feel confined up front, especially if there is a front passenger. The hard center console can protrude into the side of the driver's right knee. The rear seats are suitable for children only." -- Edmunds
  • Fiat's subcompact 500 for 2018 is roomier up front than you might expect, and just as tight in back as it looks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Space-wise, this is quite obviously a small car, but the front seat should provide more than enough space for even tall drivers, so long as you avoid the optional sunroof. However, all passengers in back should feel squished -- not necessarily because of legroom, as the tall seat is actually surprisingly good in that regard, but because of a negligible amount of headroom." -- Autotrader

Interior Features

The 500’s interior may be tight, but it offers many features. Standard equipment includes a rearview camera and the Uconnect infotainment system with a 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker Alpine stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and integrated voice commands. A sunroof, navigation, a Beats premium sound system with a trunk-mounted subwoofer, and a Wi-Fi hot spot are available in all trims. All models are also available as a convertible – the Fiat 500 Cabriolet.

The 500's infotainment controls are pretty easy to use, though you increase the speed of the climate system fan with a push button rather than a knob, which can be somewhat tedious.

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  • The primary controls are simple in terms of layout and operation, but they're also limited in functionality. Searching for music on external devices is difficult at best." -- Edmunds
  • "FIAT has also infused the 500 in recent years with a more up-to-date Chrysler touchscreen, which has improved functionality considerably." -- Autotrader
  • "The radio uses laborious push buttons instead of knobs to adjust volume and tuning. Thankfully, the steering wheel has handy auxiliary controls. It takes a while to get used to the window switches; they're next to the shifter rather than on the door. It's too easy to accidently shut off the electronic stability control system because of the location of the switch on the console." -- Consumer Reports

Cargo

At 9.1 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 30.1 cubic feet with it folded down, storage space is not the Fiat 500’s forte. You’ll only have enough space for a few grocery bags or some small suitcases. You'll have even less space in the convertible – 5.4 cubic feet – and folding down the top limits rear visibility.

  • "The cabriolet's trunk only measures 5.4 cubic feet, roughly half the capacity of the hatchback model. The tiny opening hampers usefulness. It's a struggle to get a carry-on suitcase to fit." -- 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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