The all-electric Fiat 500e continues to make its mark, picking up yet another prominent automotive award. This time, the electrified city car has been named “Best Small Car” at the annual Autocar Awards.
The Fiat 500e marks the third generation of the iconic A-segment car and has received praise for its “cute and distinctive” design features, maneuverability, and an impressive driving range of up to 199 miles (WLTP) – the longest range of any electric city car on the market.
The car also earned Klaus Busse (FIAT’s Vice President of Design, at the time), the Design Hero prize in last year’s Autocar Awards.
Made up of multiple trim levels (Action, Icon, and La Prima), the Fiat 500e range has previously been recognized as being great value for money, stylish, and having a fantastic real-world range. The car boasts three driving modes to choose from: Normal, Range, and Sherpa, which are designed to assist and enhance the driving experience and manage energy efficiency.
Mark Tisshaw, editor, Autocar said: “The 500 shows the direction for all small electric cars. Our roads aren’t getting any wider, and the 500e’s dimensions are as useful on Turin’s streets as they are down an English country lane. The battery in the floor has banished any top-heaviness, and the stiff suspension, pointy steering, and impressive lateral grip give the responses a keen driver wants.”
Tisshaw added, “The [Fiat 500e] is a competitive electric car. Where it truly differentiates itself is that it is genuinely joyful, to look at, and to drive. It is recognizable, it’s retro yet modern, it’s cute and it’s distinctive.”
Greg Taylor, UK Managing Director for FIAT and Abarth, said: “At the end of February, 500e scooped its 25th award. Less than three months later, this award from Autocar marks the 30th accolade that our first, fully-electric car has picked up. This milestone pays homage to the exceptional work of our designers and engineers that have made the 500e as impressionable as it is amongst our customers and industry experts.”