Fiat 500 Electric interior
The interior is much more modern than the old car’s but some of the trims feel quite cheap.
As you’d expect the 500 is pretty funky inside, but gone is the 1960s influence seen in the old model and instead there’s a swooping dashboard with a touchscreen on top. The lower Action and Passion models have a 7-inch touchscreen, while high-spec Icon and La Prima models get the larger 10.25-in affair.
The dashboard panel can be trimmed in various materials (for a fee), and looks rather neat, and you can even have your steering wheel wrapped in eco-leather.
Indeed, the seats are made using polyester that contains 20% of plastic recovered from the sea, while the seats in the top La Prima model are also made from eco-leather.
There’s no gearlever, and instead the driver operates the transmission using four neat buttons, marked P (Park), R (Reverse), N (Neutral), D (Drive) on the dashboard below the touchscreen.
The drop-top model allows you to experience the silence of EV motoring with the wind in your hair (you’ll be able to hear what passers-by say about your choice of car) but if wind in the hair motoring doesn’t do it for you, the top-spec hatchback model comes with a glass roof to brighten the cabin.
Entry-level Action models come with only a cradle for your smartphone, which seems decidedly stingy.
Thereafter, there are two sizes of touchscreen on offer, a 7-inch model and a 10-inch version.
Both of these systems are fairly good, with sharp graphics and decently quick responses. Only the larger of the two offers sat-nav, which again is quick to respond to inputs. The software behind the two systems seems logical and easy to use, too.
Better still, both offer the ability to mirror your smartphone through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which makes using them on the move even easier.