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Tested: Fiat 500E La Primera Cabriolet: perhaps the most magical electric car in the world

Tested: Fiat 500E La Primera Cabriolet: perhaps the most magical electric car in the world

This article was first published in Finansavisen Engine.

Test car: The Fiat 500E La Primera Cabriolet is marketed as a convertible, but it’s really just a coupe with a giant sunroof.

It doesn’t matter, because the feeling of transformation is there when you open the little car towards the sky. You don’t get the morning sun over the large roof arches and the view to the back is obscured by the built-in roof, but the chirping of birds, the wind noise, the smell of lilac and the smell of spreading manure find their way inside.

This is not meant to be a negative, as the light, sounds, wind and smells of a convertible make summer an even better experience. The large roof can also be used as a large or small sunroof, as well as a completely open solution.

The Classic: The Fiat 500 has a legendary history, and today’s version is doing its best to continue the legacy. Photo: Andreas Scheele/Finansavisen

Small car

We classify the car as small, because with a length of 3.5 meters you can almost park your car. The 185-liter luggage compartment doesn’t handle large bags, but with a bit of goodwill, there’s room for two adults in the back seat. In the front seats there is more natural space, and with a telescopic stroller, long-legged people can also find a decent sitting position. The seats are solid and good with a bit of support as well as a few easy adjustment options, so they’re a little smaller and still feel better.

The stylish two-tone leather steering wheel fits nicely in your hands and from here you can control a number of display options in the digital instrument panel, as well as adjust cruise control, stereo, telephone and voice control to name a few. The dashboard has a distinct panel wrapped in upholstered plastic, and I found room for some leather panels and other soft materials in the doors, as well as some hard plastic on the bottom.

big family

Many Stellantis from France can borrow elements of Fiat’s infotainment system, which works better with a wide touchscreen than its French cousins ​​and cousins. The speed is not as fast as the best competitors and the touch areas are small, but they are plenty and intuitive.

A separate panel for the air conditioning and gearbox is located under the screen, while the volume slider button and the toggle switch for the drive programs are located on the armrest between the seats. The doors are opened with an electric button, but for safety there is a red manual emergency unlocking device slightly below the door.

The level of equipment is relatively high, both in terms of comfort and safety. Adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera are helpful, while Emergency Brake Assist and Blind Spot Warning are safe. Most look solid and easy to use, although the premium feel is partially absent.

Cheat: The Fiat 500E Cabriolet only has a giant sunroof, but every passenger gets their dose of sun, wind and smell.  Photo: Andreas Scheele/Finansavisen

Cheat: The Fiat 500E Cabriolet only has a giant sunroof, but every passenger gets their dose of sun, wind and smell. Photo: Andreas Scheele/Finansavisen

Småslapp

Like a small car, it has a small engine and a small battery as well. You don’t have to slow down at traffic lights, but the 118 horsepower means it takes nine seconds before you get close to highway speed. The maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour allows you to lose the correction if it is misused, at the same time the battery capacity disappears as quickly as snow in the desert.

The 42 kWh battery is among the smallest on the market. The convertible has an official range of 305 kilometers, but you can easily do more when driving quietly. We tested the car’s Sherpa mode that does everything in its power to save energy, and it took us 9.9 kilometers each time. kWh which means less than 10 kWh consumption for each. 100 km. Then we would have emptied over 35 miles if we had run the battery empty.

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However, with the roof closed and driving on the highway, consumption increases significantly. In winter, the range is also reduced, but you will be disappointed only if you think that you bought a long-distance car. And the 85 kW charging capacity isn’t particularly high, but at a 50 kW charging station we fetched over 40 kW on average in 30 minutes, charging 22 to 80 percent faster than the car initially told us.

Small but big: the seats contribute to a high level of comfort and the space is surprisingly good also in the back seat.  Photo: Andreas Scheele/Finansavisen

Small but big: the seats contribute to a high level of comfort and the space is surprisingly good also in the back seat. Photo: Andreas Scheele/Finansavisen

unique color

With active driving, of course, consumption also increases, but it is worth it. The 118 horsepower doesn’t make the car rough leather, but the compact size and modest weight mean you can maintain a relatively good speed through sharp turns. It behaves like a small and short car at the same time, but you’ve hardly ever bought a Fiat 500E Cabriolet to participate in the Gumball.

You can buy it instead of owning a cool, affordable and practical little car with the opportunity to be outdoors while driving. Large doors, short overhangs and elegant details make the car easy to admire, especially in rose gold metallic.

The headlights, spoiler and grille also mean that the car was an elegant model for the pictures in the movie “Cars”, with its beautiful eyes and charming smile. 339,900 kroner may not be cheap in scope and size, but the joy of owning a sweeter on the street is priceless.

Driving group: Front wheel drive electric motor

HK/kw/Nm 118/87/200

0-100 km /t 9.0 sec.

maximum speed 150 km/h

Weight 1330 kg

L/B/H. 363/152/168 cm

battery (net) 42 kWh

WLTP domain 305 km

charging capacity 85 kW

trailer weight 0 kg

Luggage Compartment185/550 liters

price 339,900 kroner

Plus

Charm

Convertible feeling

comfort

minus

price

Domain

Luggage Compartment

design: Charming little car in Rosa Gold color is very cute.

Driver environment: simple and easy to use with good seats and most equipment.

Driving characteristics: Small and light is always nice for those who love to drive.

Services: You follow the traffic, but not much more than that.

place: Space for four and some luggage.

Value for your money: You get more space and get somewhere else.

conclusion: 7 – A charming little car that makes summer even better.