Chevy Spark Vs. FIAT 500

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Small hatchbacks are great for buyers who want to save money and have a roomy interior. The 2019 Chevy Spark and 2019 FIAT 500 offer this and more. Though they have similar features, they cater to different crowds in the Saginaw area. Find out which is better for you below.

Exterior

Mini hatchbacks are all about the funky look, and these two have that down to a science. The 2019 Chevy Spark went through a refresh that brought in a slightly more traditional nose, but it still features a quirky look with its high roof, short wheelbase, sawed-off back end, and tiny wheels. Add to that the funky and more rugged-looking ACTIV model with black body cladding, exclusive grille, and wheels.

The 2019 FIAT 500 is the originator of the quirky hatch with its narrow body, high roofline, and bubbly body. It also boasts plenty of style in its more premium Lounge model and the performance-oriented Abarth model. While some may find the 500 just a little over the top, there are plenty of Linwood area buyers who would love this design.

The Chevy Spark is smaller than the 500 in every key measurement except wheelbase, which it wins by a surprising 3.3 inches.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Spark 2019 FIAT 500 Difference
Length 143.1 inches 144.4 inches -1.3 inches
Width 62.8 inches 64.1 inches -1.3 inches
Height 58.4 to 58.76 inches 58.7 to 59.8 inches -1.2 to +0.06 inches
Wheelbase 93.9 inches 90.6 inches +3.3 inches
Ground Clearance
4.1 to 4.5  inches
Curb weight 2,246 to 2,312 pounds 2,505 to 2,576 pounds -330 to -193 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Spark

  • Rugged-looking ACTIV model
  • Smaller footprint
  • Slightly more traditional looks

4Advantage: 2019 FIAT 500

  • Unique looks
  • Sporty Abarth model

Interior

Inside, the funkiness continues with the Spark’s colored dash insert, swoopy dash, three-spoke steering wheel, and other splashes of color. The Spark gets a little boring in certain areas, but there is enough spice to keep things lively.

In the FIAT 500, there is even more adorable quirkiness with its large colored dash applique, dash-mounted gear shifter, rounded touchscreen, large HVAC knobs, and additional styling bits in the Abarth model. There are even luxurious touches in the Lounge trim.

Despite being $2,000 cheaper, the 2019 Chevy Spark is actually better equipped than the 2019 FIAT 500. Its list of standard goodies include a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and tons more. The 500 doesn’t even come close as its largest touchscreen is 5 inches and there is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Spark 2019 FIAT 500 Difference
Front headroom 39 inches 38.9 inches +0.1 inches
Front legroom 41.7 inches 40.7 inches +1 inch
Front shoulder room 50.8 inches 49.4 inches +1.4 inches
Front hip room 48.2 inches 47.8 inches +0.4 inches
Rear headroom 37 inches 35.6 inches +1.4 inches
Rear legroom 33 inches 31.7 inches +1.6 inches
Rear shoulder room 49.8 inches 46.4 inches +3.4 inches
Rear hip room 48 inches 42.6 inches +5.4 inches
Cargo room (rear seats up) 11.1 cubic feet 9.5 cubic feet +1.6 cubic feet
Cargo room (rear seats down) 27.2 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Spark

  • Long standard features list
  • Roomier rear seat
  • Tons more cargo room

Advantage: 2019 FIAT 500

  • More stylish cabin
  • More upscale materials in higher trims

Performance

Mini-hatchbacks are not a class of performance cars, and the Chevy Spark fits that mold perfectly. It comes with a 98-horsepower 1.4-liter engine that strolls the Spark to 60 mph in 10.7 seconds. Where it crushes it, though, is in fuel economy as it gets up to 30 mpg city, 38 highway, and 33 combined.

The FIAT 500 kicks the micro-hatchback mold in its boring teeth with a pair of turbocharged 1.4-liter engines. The base version, which is in the Pop and Lounge trims, pumps out 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque for an 8.1-second sprint to 60 mph. In the Abarth trim, the 1.4-liter engine is goosed to as high as 160 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque for a 6.9-second 0-to-60 sprint.

2019 Chevy Spark 2019 FIAT 500 Difference
Engine 1.4-liter 4-cyl 1.4-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 98 hp at 6,200 rpm 135 hp at 5,500 rpm -37 hp
Torque 94 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm 150 lb-ft at 2,400 to 4,200 rpm -56 lb-ft
Standard transmission 5-spd manual 5-spd manual
Optional transmission CVT 6-spd automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 10.7 8.1 seconds +2.6 seconds
MPG City 29 to 30 mpg 24 to 28 mpg +1 to +6 mpg
MPG Highway 37 to 38 mpg 32 to 33 mpg +4 to +6 mpg
MPG Combined 32 to 33 mpg 27 to 30 mpg +2 to +6 mpg
Optional Engine
1.4-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower
157 to 160 hp at 5,500 rpm -59 hp
Torque
170 to 183 lb-ft at 2,400 to 4,000 rpm -76 lb-ft
Standard transmission
5-spd manual
Optional transmission
6-spd automatic
Driveline
FWD
0-60 time
6.9 seconds +3.8 seconds
MPG City
24 to 28 mpg +1 to +6 mpg
MPG Highway
32 to 33 mpg +4 to +6 mpg
MPG Combined
27 to 30 mpg +2 to +6 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Spark

  • Higher ride height in ACTIV trim
  • Big fuel economy advantage

Advantage: 2019 FIAT 500

  • Significantly quicker at all levels
  • Traditional automatic transmission

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Spark is available in four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and ACTIV. Their starting prices range from $14,095 to $17,495.

 

The FIAT 500 has just three trims: Pop, Lounge, and Abarth. FIAT hasn’t revealed pricing on the 2019 500 yet, but the 2019 model’s starting prices range from $16,495 to $20,495

 

LS: $14,095

  • 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Daytime running lights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Automatic projector-style halogen headlights
  • Black mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Single-zone manual air conditioning
  • Driver-seat armrest
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Four-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Two USB ports in the front center stack
  • Cruise control
  • Black inside door handles
  • Driver information center
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • Cargo-area lighting
  • OnStar
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • Outside temperature display
  • Front 12-volt power outlet
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Four-way driver’s seat
  • Two-way passenger’s seat
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Rearview camera

 

1LT: $15,995

  • All LS features, plus
  • 15-inch aluminum wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated, body-color mirrors
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down driver’s window
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Theft-deterrent alarm
  • Panic alarm

 

2LT: $17,495

  • All 1LT features, plus
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Chrome liftgate trim
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Enhanced driver information center
  • Touch-to-unlock door handles
  • Keyless ignition
  • Extended-range keyless entry
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accents
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette upholstery

 

ACTIV: $17,095

  • All 1LT features, plus
  • Exclusive 15-inch wheels
  • Touring suspension with increased ride height
  • Black front and rear bumpers
  • Fog lights
  • Custom grille
  • Luggage rack
  • Black rocker moldings
  • Door-sill plate
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with silver accents

2019 FIAT 500 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

POP: $16,495

  • 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel performance disc brakes
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Electric power steering
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body-color front fascia
  • Bifunctional halogen projector headlights
  • Black-trimmed headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Rear sport spoiler
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels painted Titanium semi-gloss
  • Power windows with front one-touch-down
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • Black or ivory interior accents
  • Avorio seating
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Passenger’s seat armrest
  • Passenger’s seat memory
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 50/50 split-folding rear seat
  • Air conditioning
  • Driver’s seat armrest
  • Electronic vehicle information center
  • Front floor mats
  • Power door locks
  • 7-inch instrument cluster display
  • 12-volt power outlet in center console
  • Urethane shifter knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • USB charging port
  • Six-speaker premium Alpine audio system
  • AM/FM audio system
  • Uconnect 3 infotainment system
  • 5-inch touchscreen
  • Remote keyless entry
  • One-touch unlock on front doors and liftgate
  • Rearview camera

 

Lounge: $

  • All Pop features, plus
  • Bright beltline moldings
  • Chrome mirrors
  • Fixed glass roof
  • 16-inch Tech Silver-painted wheels
  • Automatic climate controlAuto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather front seats
  • Red seatback logos
  • Heated front seats
  • Chrome shift knob
  • SiriusXM radio

 

Abarth: $

  • All Lounge features, plus
  • High output 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Red brake calipers
  • Abarth-designed chrome dual-exhaust tips
  • Performance-tuned suspension
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Matte-finish door applique
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Performance rear spoiler
  • 16-inch forged Hyper-Black-painted wheels
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Luxury front floor mats
  • Performance cloth front seats with red accent stitching
  • Leather-wrapped  shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped Abarth performance steering wheel

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Spark?

Looking for a great small hatchback that’ll save you big money? The 2019 Chevy Spark is just that thanks to its lower price and higher fuel efficiency, it will save you in the showroom and on the road.

Who Should Buy the 2019 FIAT 500?

Looking for a performance-oriented hatchback that is easy on fuel? The FIAT 500 and its Abarth model are perfect for you.

 

Make your commute around the Saginaw area easier with the tiny and fuel efficient 2019 Chevy Spark. This small hatchback can make your daily errands around the Saginaw and Freeland areas quick, easy, and efficient. Head down to our Saginaw Chevy showroom today to test drive the 2019 Spark today. If you can’t make it in today, you can check out our online inventory in the Saginaw area to see what 2019 Spark models we have in stock and schedule a test drive later.