Fiat 500 and 500C (2008-present): dimensions and boot space

The Fiat 500 is one of the smallest cars on UK roads but also one of the less practical ones. Find out all its dimensions here

Sam Naylor
Aug 5, 2022

The Fiat 500 is a small city car that’s available in 500C form as a semi-convertible with a large fabric sunroof. Both models are stylish, easy-to-drive small cars that have been on sale for well over a decade in the UK and have been consistently popular since then.

The 500’s stylish appearance sets the stage, but the car is also good value for money and cheap to run, cementing it as one of the most appealing cars particularly for younger drivers. Cheaper insurance costs and small, efficient engines are ideal for its target market.

It’s a small car, though, and you may be looking to see if it’s right for you. The 500 is only available with two side doors, unlike some of its main rivals such as the Volkswagen Up and Mini Hatchback, which both have five-door versions.

You can read more about the Fiat 500 and 500C in our buying guide here. You should also not confuse it with the latest Fiat 500, also known as the Fiat 500 Electric, which doesn’t have conventional engines at all and is only available as a fully electric car.

Yet the original 21st cenutry Fiat 500 is still available as a new car with a petrol engine, somewhat confusingly, and is essentially the same as it has been since it arrived in 2008. The dimensions and figures below apply to all models from 2008-present because Fiat didn’t fix what wasn’t broken and kept the car relatively similar through the years.

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Fiat 500 dimensions

The Fiat 500 is 3.6m long, 1.6m wide (with the mirrors folded) and 1.5m high, so it’s a very small car. It’s shorter and thinner than a Mini, although the Fiat is a little taller than its rival - it has a more upright stance that suits shorter drivers, while the Mini's low driving position is better for taller people.

The Fiat 500C is identical in size - the roof isn’t completely made of fabric like with the Mini Convertible. Instead it’s more like a really long sunroof made of fabric that folds back over the top of the boot, leaving the sides of the roof in place. This means it’s just as good to drive as the normal model.

No matter which version you choose, the Fiat 500 has hardly any space in the back seats. They are really only for kids or for adults on short trips, because there’s very little legroom or headroom. It’s a similar story in the Mini, but the Volkswagen Up has enough space for adults - proving that you can have a roomy but small car.

DimensionsLengthWidthHeight
Fiat 5003,546mm - 3,571mm
1,627mm
1,488mm
Fiat 500C3,546mm - 3,571mm
1,627mm
1,488mm

Fiat 500 boot space

The Fiat 500 and 500C have the same size boot, which is 185 litres with the seats up and 550 litres with them folded down. In some versions there’s a single folding bench seat in the back, while some trim levels have a split-folding item to make it a bit more versatile. It’s still hardly the most practical car, though.

The Mini has about 26 litres more space inside and the Ford Fiesta has more than 100 litres more room in its boot. The Volkswagen Up, another city car, has an additional 60 litres or so more space than the Fiat. The space is the same in the 500C as in the standard 500 but the boot opening is even smaller and harder to access.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
Fiat 500185 litres550 litres
Fiat 500C185 litres550 litres

 

Fiat 500 towing capacity

The Fiat 500 is not very good at towing. Some models have a braked capacity of 800kg, which might be enough for a small trailer, but if you are planning on towing at all then we’d recommend not choosing the Fiat 500.

Some TwinAir versions can tow 830kg as they are a bit more powerful but this isn’t a huge increase over other versions and isn’t worth buying the TwinAir for. Choose a different car if you want to tow a trailer.

ModelTowing capacity
Fiat 500800kg - 830kg
Fiat 500C800kg - 830kg

Fiat 500 weight

We can look at a car’s official kerbweight figure, which includes all the fluids in the engine, a tank of fuel and sometimes an extra 75kg (representative of an average driver) to get a representative weight to compare to other cars. Where all else is equal, a heavier car is less efficient, worse to drive and slower, so it’s good to know that the Fiat 500 is a very light car.

The lightest Fiat 500 models weigh around 840kg, which is really light for a modern car. To put it into context, a normal family car like the Vauxhall Astra will weigh roughly 1,400kg. Even the heaviest versions of the 500 don’t tip over the 1,000kg mark.

This is part of why it’s so efficient and cheap to run. The 500C is slightly heavier than an equivalent 500 model because it has to have extra strengthening to support the fabric roof plus additional electric gubbins to make the roof move.

WeightKerbweight
Fiat 500840kg - 980kg
Fiat 500C905kg - 980kg

 

 

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