2015 FIAT 500e vs Chevrolet Spark Newport News VA


2015 FIAT 500e
 Chevrolet Spark
2015 FIAT 500e Chevrolet Spark

2015 FIAT 500e vs  Chevrolet Spark near Norfolk, VA

The Spark EV is a compact, 4 seat/4 door, tire burner aimed at the younger generation; while the Nissan LEAF is a purpose-built, near mid-size that boasts 5 seats and 24 cu.ft cargo space. Given that about 75% of all electric vehicle purchases in the US are leases, this makes the FIAT 500e identical from a cost point of view.

2015 FIAT 500e Power & Handling

With an all electric engine drivers will trade filling up on gasoline for charging up with electricity.  A 120 volt charger comes with the 500e, but a more beneficial 240 volt option is also available.  Folks whom purchase the 240 volt charger will be able to fully charge the 500e in less than four hours.  A full charge will provide drivers with up to 87 miles of driving courtesy of the Fiat's 24 kWh traction battery which gives it a 122 city / 108 hwy MPG electric equivalent fuel rating.

Chevrolet Spark Power & Handling

Chevrolet brings its minicar to the U.S. in the Spark, a hatchback sold overseas since 2008. The Spark boasts city-friendly dimensions and Chevrolet's optional MyLink multimedia system. Slotting below the entry-level Sonic, which is more than a foot longer in hatchback form, the Spark competes with a handful of minicars in the U.S.: the Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ and Fiat 500. A 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine makes 85 horsepower. It works with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

2015 FIAT 500e for sale near Norfolk, Virginia
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 Chevrolet Spark for sale near Norfolk, Virginia
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2015 FIAT 500e Features & Design

Being part of the 500 line, the 500e is largely identical in form and features to the hardtop version of the standard 500.  It is a two-door four-person vehicle with a rear liftgate that accesses the rear cargo area which can be expanded via the split folding rear seat.  Included conveniences come in the form of an integrated navigation system, heated front seats, automated temperature controls, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and an available power moonroof.

Chevrolet Spark Features & Design

Where other minicars have two doors, the Spark has four. The rear doors integrate handles near the C-pillars. Like a lot of minicars, the Spark mixes flashier paint colors - with names like Jalapeno and Techno Pink - with traditional hues. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, which is uncommon for a budget car. Uplevel trims have body-colored exterior moldings, fog lights and chrome details.

Conclusions

Both cars feature some unique features, some individual accomplishments, and some definite low lights that we'll lump into one section. When into comes to the interior and driver comfort, the Fiat is clearly superior.  However, when it comes to the user interface and interactions with the car and its EV functions, GM has thought things through, while it seems Fiat as pretty much cobbled together extra bits lying around the office from to try and get things done.

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