Fiat 500 - Practicality & boot space
It's bigger and roomier, but the boot is still tiny
The latest Fiat 500 is a bigger car than before, with a 60mm increase in length and width, along with a 20mm longer gap between the front and rear wheels. This has created more shoulder room and headroom in the front seats, which will be welcomed by owners.
Fiat 500 interior space & storage
Integrating a battery has taken its toll, however, and space in the back seats is still fairly tight, particularly in the opening-roof version. Both legroom and headroom are restrictive for taller passengers, and like some other city cars, there are only two back seats. The lack of a transmission tunnel brings an improvement in space for feet, but getting in and out of the back seats is difficult, so here the five-door Volkswagen e-up! is both more accommodating and spacious.
One big advantage of the new car is an improved driving position. It's now more adjustable, so while some could find the seating position of the old Fiat 500 unnatural, they're more likely to feel comfortable in the new model.
Boot space remains the same at 185 litres, so the 500 won’t be suitable for luggage for more than a few nights away or trips to the local flatpack furniture store. It beats the 171-litre boot of the Honda e, but even the MINI Electric manages 211 litres, while the e-up! has around 250 litres of space. Access to the boot is more restricted for the convertible version, and with less space for luggage, owners will need to travel light.