ASK your self, what do you want from a second automobile?
Can’t be rather more than this.
Small, easy, low cost to purchase, cheaper to run, electrical and nonetheless cool. Plus, it talks to your cellphone.
The images are a little bit of a giveaway however I’m after all speaking concerning the new Fiat 500.
Really customisable as you’d anticipate with colors and trim, but in addition battery measurement – 24kWh or 42kWh – and physique kind, hatchback or convertible.
Which suggests it’s the primary correct little EV constructed for all. Begins at £20k. Finance from £199 a month.
At this level, I ought to maybe spell out that the common petrol 500 (the black automobile) will keep on sale for an excellent few years but.
However you’ll need the battery-powered 500 if you see it.
Don’t get me unsuitable, the common 500 is cute and stylish and enjoyable and good worth at £13k. Nevertheless it’s additionally cramped and claustrophobic. No social distancing.
Whereas 500e has loads of elbow room and appears class, inside and outside.
Much less female, extra impartial. A bit of greater in all instructions. Not a single part is identical.
We examined the bottom 24kWh mannequin and for individuals who by no means stray removed from residence – faculty run, Tesco, health club, or no matter – that is all of the automobile you want.
Simply hook up your smartphone, choose D for drive and go. The primary time you hit 14mph, the automobile performs just a little little bit of Italian opera. Made me smile. As did the automobile itself.
Electrical vehicles are nippy – prompt torque – and for those who’re good at anticipating visitors stream you’ll rarely contact the brakes.
The regenerative braking system mechanically slows the automobile to replenish the battery everytime you carry off the throttle.
The official vary on this automobile is 115 miles (we managed 107) and it takes half an hour to juice as much as 80 per cent at a 50kW public charger.
The larger 42kWh battery automobile is quoted at 199 miles continuous and has just a little extra poke. And likewise touchscreen. Nevertheless it prices one other £3,500. The cabrio is 42kWh solely and £26k.
All variations have a superb Sherpa mode which switches off the aircon and reduces high velocity to 50mph to squeeze each final yard out of the battery, ought to you want to.
Now, let’s focus on the rivals. The Honda e is simply as cool however quickly after being wowed by its five-screen digital sprint, you realise most of it’s pointless. Until you need to hook up your PlayStation. Or take a look at animations of fish. It’s additionally costly.
The Mini E is a Mini with out a poo chute, so additionally class. Nevertheless it doesn’t go far sufficient and is costly in comparison with the Fiat.
So it appears the Italians have nailed it.
If you’re looking for a small, stylish, guilt-free EV that won’t break the bank, the 500e makes the most sense.
Good first car, good second family car, but also just a good car.
Get ready to want one.
KEY FACTS: FIAT 500e
- Worth: £20,495
- Battery: 24kWh
- Energy: 95hp, 220Nm
- 0-62mph: 9.5 secs
- High velocity: 84mph
- Vary: 115mph
- CO2: 0g/km
- Rivals: Honda e, Mini E, Seat Mii
- Out: Now
KEY FACTS: FIAT 500
- Worth: £13,275
- Engine: 1-litre petrol-hybrid
- Energy: 70hp
- 0-62mph: 13.8 secs
- High velocity: 104mph
- Economic system: 53mpg
- CO2: 114g/km
- Out: Now