2019 FIAT 500e Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
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Electric vehicles (EVs) are still not as popular in the US market as compact crossovers and big pickup trucks, but those offerings don't tend to see very much in the way of innovation. On the other hand, EVs are rapidly evolving each year with greater range and more tech features. The 2019 Fiat 500e is another example of this change in the market.
The 24-kWh battery of the Fiat allows the vehicle to travel 84 miles on a single charge, which is about average for EVs that came out in the year of this model's debut in 2013. The infotainment system in the Fiat is adequate even if competitors are offering slightly more. The stand-out qualities of the Fiat lie in its compact size and maneuverability in city traffic. The 500e is very easy to park, and it will fit in spaces that many vehicles won't. Overall, the 2019 Fiat 500e is a fitting choice for a low-cost fully-electric vehicle without too many extra frills.
Performance and Handling
Driving the 500e is entertaining, and it provides a very nimble feel through turns. The electronic-powered Fiat is quicker from 0 to 60 mph than the gas-powered Fiat 500. However, aggressive driving reduces the range of the vehicle, so some restraint is usually wise. The engine that powers the 2019 Fiat 500e is an 83-kilowatt motor that produces 111 horsepower and 147 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is delivered to the wheels via a front-wheel-drive system, and it's controlled by a one-speed transmission which is typical for electronic vehicles.
The engine receives power from a 24-kWh lithium-ion battery, and the 500e can travel up to 84 miles without recharging. According to the car company, the battery will take up to 24 hours to fully recharge from 0 percent to 100 percent when using a standard 120-volt home electrical outlet. If you gain access to a level 2 charging station or upgraded power outlet, the battery can fully recharge in around 4 hours.
The 2019 Fiat 500e comes standard with a modest number of technology features for a 2019 vehicle. These include Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system and voice command technology. The infotainment system is controlled via a 5-inch digital touchscreen. The audio system is an Alpine model that is delivered through six speakers and it comes with satellite radio. A USB port compliments the audio system, and an auxiliary audio jack is available for more media play accessibility.
The 2019 Fiat 500e comes standard with Fiat's Electronic Stability Control System that is enhanced with a hill start assistance technology that enables the car to launch more effectively uphill. This feature maintains a little bit of braking when you start the car so the vehicle won't roll downhill.
The 500e is equipped with seven airbags. The vehicle's safety frame is constructed of a strong steel alloy that redirects impact away from passengers. The car also comes standard with a warning system that is audible when pedestrians are close while the vehicle is either in drive or reverse. When the vehicle reaches a speed of 22 mph, the system is temporarily deactivated.
Electronic stability control comes standard with this EV. This technology compares steering input with the vehicles travel direction in order to make sure the car is moving in the intended direction. If not, braking is applied to specific wheels to properly align the movement of the car to the steering. This is helpful in hazardous road conditions when control of the car could be compromised.
Interior Comfort and Space
The 2019 Fiat 500e provides a quiet ride. The suspension provides adequate comfort unless the road becomes bumpy or uneven. The front seat area easily accommodates two adults, and the rear seating area is more compact. The 500e is more suitable for a couple than for a family. Entering and exiting the 500e is relatively easy because of the wide doors, and the rear seats are accessed with some effort.
The front seating area has plenty of legroom and headroom. The legroom in the rear seating area can be manageable if people in the front are willing to move up. The front windshield offers a good viewing angle for driving. The rear visibility is adequate, and the blind spot on the side of the car is not much of an issue.
Standard Features and Options
The choice of which 500e model to buy is simple because there is only one available trim option. The only configurations that you can choose from are the sunroof and the eSport package that provides a peppy-looking color scheme of gray and orange.
Standard features on the 2019 Fiat 500e are extensive. They include heated mirrors, alloy wheels that are 15" in diameter, fog lights, sensors for rear parking with a rearview camera and the vehicle can be locked and unlocked remotely. The climate system is controlled automatically and a digital display screen shows driving information. Accessories such as seats and windows are all power-adjustable, and the driver-side seat height can be power-adjusted.
The upholstery is a premium vinyl material, and the steering wheel is wrapped in leather with lilt-adjustment capability. The rearview mirror dims automatically, and the rear seats have 50/50-split folding configurations.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base FIAT 500e invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All FIAT 500e MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.