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2023 Fiat 600e Test: the Dolce Vita XXL!

Formerly associated with FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Fiat is now a part of Stellar following the PSA-FCA merger in 2021. The brand aims to rationalize by sharing platforms and parts under the strategy of Carlos Tavares. After the success of the Fiat 500e, the Italian brand is now thinking bigger with the presentation of the Fiat 600 in July. This model aims to reconquer the segment B market with its promises of the Dolce Vita lifestyle.

Technical features: Based on Stellantis’ common platform

The Fiat 600 shares the same e-CMP2 platform as the Jeep Avenger, which is produced in Poland. It also has the same traction chain as the Peugeot e-2008 and Opel Mokka E. The Fiat 600e is equipped with a 115 kW M3 engine that delivers 156 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. With a 54 kWh battery, it boasts a real-world range of 400 km in mixed cycle and up to 600 km in urban conditions according to the WLTP standard.

Design: A Blend of Fiat 500 and 500X

The Fiat 600e takes design cues from both the Fiat 500e and the 500X SUV released in 2014. It is classified as an “augmented sedan” rather than an SUV. With its dimensions of 4.17 meters in length, 1.52 meters in height, and 1.78 meters in width, the Fiat 600e offers ample space while remaining compact. It weighs 1,595 kg, despite the 340 kg of batteries.

Regarding finishes, Fiat offers two versions: the entry-level Red Edition and the more upscale La Prima. The latter features 18-inch alloy rims, chrome strips, dark-tinted rear windows, and additional color options.

The trunk offers a volume of 360 liters, slightly less than the Peugeot e-2008. The interior of the La Prima version features light colors and synthetic leather upholstery, while the Red Edition has a simpler finish with recycled black fabric.

Driving Experience: Comfortable and Efficient

The Fiat 600e offers a comfortable driving experience thanks to the traction chain provided by Stellantis. Its 156 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque make it suitable for various driving conditions. In Normal or Eco mode, the power output is reduced to 109 and 82 horsepower respectively. The steering is light but lacks precision, while the damping is satisfactory. The Fiat 600e consumes around 15 kWh/100 km in the combined cycle and has a fast-charging capability of up to 100 kW, allowing 0-80% battery recharge in 27 minutes.

Verdict: Affordable and Equipped

The Fiat 600e Red Edition is priced at €35,900, making it an attractive option compared to competitors such as the Jeep Avenger or Peugeot e-2008. The La Prima version, priced at €40,900, offers additional features but may not justify the higher cost. Fiat also plans to release a thermal version of the Fiat 600 with a gasoline engine.

Technical Specifications of the Test Version:

  • Version: Fiat 600e
  • Finish: La Prima
  • Color: Orange Sun of Italy
  • Price: €40,900
  • CO2 Emissions: 0
  • Incentive: €5,000
  • Motor: 1 permanent magnet synchronous electric unit
  • Horsepower: 156 hp (115 kW)
  • Torque: 260 Nm
  • Battery: 54 kWh
  • Transmission: Front-wheel drive
  • Range (WLTP): 400 km (mixed), 600 km (urban)
  • Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9 seconds
  • Length: 4.17 m
  • Width: 1.78 m
  • Height: 1.52 m
  • Weight: 1,595 kg

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