What Car? Has crowned the new 500 as “Convertible of the Year” and “Best Small electric car for the city”
This is thanks to terrific features such as its pleasant driving, its expansive range, pricing and updated inside. It has another first as well- it is the pioneering electric vehicle to receive this achievement. It is equipped with Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) which makes it the first of its kind to have level 2 autonomous driving.
As the FCA’s first full-electric vehicle, it features plenty of chief components such as the 42kW battery that is guaranteed to have extended range. You are assured to have up to 320km of traveling in the WLTP cycle and 450km in the urban cycle. The Passion and Icon versions both come with an 85kW battery charger and it is also worth noting that it can drive up to 50km with only 5 minutes of charging which is more than average daily driving. With 35 minutes of charging, you will receive an 80-percent charge on the battery and this spirited little engine can push out a maximum speed of 150km/h.
Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat, Lancia & Abarth Brands, commented: “We are thrilled with this further acknowledgment for the New 500, only a few months since it was unveiled to the press. In only two months since launch, we have already sold over 10,000 New 500 units in Europe, becoming number 1 in the Italian electric vehicle market in December.”
Steve Huntingford, Editor of "What Car?” said: “The New 500 is the first electric car to receive the “Convertible of the Year” award. If any car had ever been created to be driven in the city, it?s definitely the Fiat 500. Its shorter length than its competitors, ultra-light steering and wide front visibility make the New 500 the most agile car for all maneuvers in city centers. Its range, an improvement on its competitors, is also suitable for any out-of-town journey.”
The award bestowed by What Car? magazine adds to the trophy haul of the New 500, which already includes “Green Car” at the French Automobile Awards 2020 and “Car of the Year and Best Small Electric Car” from DrivingElectric, a specialist UK website. On top of these prestigious international acknowledgments, it has also received the “Best Design 2020” award from the German magazine “Auto Motor und Sport” and “Best Design Concept” at the renowned international “Red Dot Design Awards”.