Reviewing The Fiat 500 Abarth

By now, almost everyone has encountered a Fiat 500 on the road. With its unmistakable, diminutive profile, retro Italian styling and cute mustachioed front end, it is hard not to feel some joy when you're looking at one. Now, more than six years since its U.S. launch, the car is no longer unique in its defining features, but there's no denying that the Cinquecento (Italian for "500") still serves as a stylish, affordable runabout for a driver without older children.

For 2018, the base non-turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder has been dropped and replaced by a turbocharged unit, the same one that was unceremoniously dumped from the options list last year. This means every model — the bare-bones Pop, the more luxurious Lounge and the sporty Abarth — comes with a boosted engine under the hood to give the Fiat 500 a bit of pep in its step. While we'll miss the old motor's superior fuel economy, the benefits to acceleration are palpable. Other notable changes for this year include the new Urbana appearance package and a standard rearview camera (it wasn't even offered as an option previously).

Inside the 500, you'll find the same vintage-inspired and colorful interior, still surprisingly spacious enough for two — but not four. Under the hood is the returning 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that was previously available in models prior to 2017. It's noticeably quicker than last year's naturally aspirated motor, but speed demons will want to consider the Abarth, which is faster still. The cabriolet (convertible) top still annoyingly converts into an accordion, blocking any vision in your rearview mirror. Finally, the exterior is unchanged. Despite its iconic appearance, the 500 could use a face-lift after six years — something that's yet to be adopted from its overseas counterpart.

Though the 2018 Fiat 500 has some shortcomings, it is still a stylishly simple, affordable hatchback. Provided you choose the hatchback over the cabriolet, there's enough cargo storage for a weekend trip or an errand trip around town, delivered with a lot of personality and a fun driving experience. Let Edmunds assist you in finding the right Cinquecento for your dolce vita.

2018 FIAT 500 Convertible Overview

The 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible is offered in the following styles: C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), C Lounge 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and C Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

What do people think of the 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 500 Convertible.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 500 Convertible featuring deep dives into trim levels including C Pop, C Lounge, C Abarth, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the FIAT 500 Convertible here.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible?
2018 FIAT 500 Convertible C Abarth 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
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2018 FIAT 500 Convertible C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

The 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,235. The average price paid for a new 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) is trending $2,750 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,750 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,485.

The average savings for the 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) is14.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Scottsdalearea.

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Which 2018 FIAT 500 Convertibles are available in my area?

2018 FIAT 500 Convertible Listings and Inventory

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible and all available trim types: C Lounge, C Pop, C Abarth. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2018 FIAT 500 Convertible include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2018 FIAT 500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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