Fiat 500 - Reliability & safety
Safety kit gets an overhaul
Fiat doesn't have the best reputation for reliability, coming 26th out of 29 manufacturers in our 2021 Driver Power survey; a fall from 23rd in 2020. That's despite a relatively low 13.2% of Fiat owners reporting a fault, compared with 21.4% of Ford owners. Owners criticised practicality and infotainment, but the brand performed well for exterior styling, fit and finish and value for money.
Fiat 500 reliability
The outgoing 500 has also been one of its most trustworthy models, coming 45th out of the 75 top cars in the satisfaction table in 2020, but slipping to 67th in 2021.
The third-generation Fiat 500 is all-new, and theoretically its electric-only powertrain should make it very reliable. Electric cars have far fewer moving parts than petrol and diesel models, while there are also fewer varieties on offer, so any teething problems should be easier to iron out.
Designed to last for at least the next decade, the new platform has also been equipped with the latest safety technology. Sensors at the front of the car mean it can detect pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles and brake autonomously if the driver fails to respond, as well as providing lane keeping assistance. Blind spot detection will also be available, attention assist will warn the driver to take a break, and there's even a 'drone-like' display view to help avoid obstacles when parking.
A Fiat 'Co-drive Pack' is also available for Passion and Icon trims, providing the 500 with 'level 2' semi-autonomous driving and adaptive cruise control. This means the car can brake, accelerate and steer in its own lane in heavy traffic, helping take some stress and fatigue out of driving. The pack also includes the rear-view camera and 360-degree parking sensors, along with traffic-sign recognition and blind-spot warnings.