Fiat 500l

 fiat 500l

500L HATCHBACK - 1.4 Urban 5dr



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£16,406 

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The Fiat 500L MPV has sharpened up its act. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's now on offer.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
500L HATCHBACK
1.4 Urban 5dr
PETROL
£16,405.94
500L HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS
1.4 120th Anniversary 5dr
PETROL
£16,935.94
500L HATCHBACK
1.4 City Cross 5dr
PETROL
£17,155.94
500L HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS
1.4 120th Anniversary 5dr [Start Stop]
PETROL
£17,455.94
500L HATCHBACK
1.4 Cross 5dr
PETROL
£18,255.94

Ten Second Review

The 500L is a five-seater compact MPV that doesn't feel like one, taking care of people and baggage-carrying chores with a practical dash of Italian flair. In this improved form, it's safer, smarter and better connected. And it's more personalisable than any other contender in this class.

Background

Fiat has its own 'fortune 500', a little family of cars on which present and future hopes of the brand are these days almost exclusively based. The 500 we all think of is the cheeky little three-door citycar that started this model's retro revolution but Fiat always felt that this should be merely the starting rung on an ownership ladder designed to be fine for families as well as fashion-conscious urbanistas. A ladder encompassing seven seats and SUVs as well as the model we're going to look at here, the spacious and now much improved 500L. Fiat's fame of course has traditionally been founded on much smaller cars than this - but the brand needs to get better at being bigger if legions of owners of the 500 citycar are not to be lost to other makers as their needs and families grow. Launched originally back in 2013, the 500L aimed to give these people a model to trade up to - but it needed a bit of polishing. That's what's taken place here.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
156
CO2 (g/km)
154
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
72
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
84
CC
1368
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
10.8:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
34.9
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
46.3
EC Combined (mpg)
40.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
34.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
32.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8.6
General
Generation Mark
1
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
10E
Service Interval Mileage
18000
Badge Power
95
Badge Engine CC
1.4
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Coin Series
Urban
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
95
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
13.4
Top Speed
109
Engine Power - KW
70
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
94
Engine Torque - NM
127
Engine Torque - RPM
4500
Engine Torque - MKG
13
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Front
205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear
205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2612
Length
4242
Width
1784
Width (including mirrors)
2018
Height
1658
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
455
No. of Seats
5
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1480
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.7
Minimum Kerbweight
1300
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
50
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
400
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Driving Experience

You get an urban confidence with the 500L, something encouraged by the light lock-to-lock steering. A car you might enjoy on the school run. If not quite so much pushing on beyond the city limits. Here, you might wish that the steering offered you a little more feedback, a pity because in other respects, this is one of the more dynamically able five-seat mini-MPVs on the market. Unfortunately, only one engine is now on offer, a 95bhp petrol 1.4 that's one of Fiat's older efforts and which, thanks to limited pulling power, doesn't really feel as fast as the performance stats suggest (rest to 62mph in 12.8s on the way to 111mph). Beyond the city limits, the 500L feels a little out of its comfort zone. Here, you might wish that the steering offered you a little more feedback and that there was a bit less body roll through the bends. That probably won't bother most likely owners too much but on longer trips, they might wish that the issue of refinement had been slightly more thoroughly addressed. We highlighted this when we first tested this car back in 2012 and nothing's been done to improve things since, which is a touch disappointing. It isn't something you really notice at lower speeds, but when you're pushing or are cruising at or around the legal limit on the highway, there's simply more road and wind noise than you'd normally expect from a car of this kind. If you choose your 500L in 'Cross' form, you get some mild off road ability, thanks to the inclusion of a 'Mode Selector' with a choice of 'Normal', 'Traction+' and 'Gravity Control' settings.

Design and Build

You tend to approach this 500L expecting it to be a pumped-up version of the 500 citycar - which of course it isn't. To make this model as big as it needed to be - fully 60cm longer and 18cm taller than an ordinary 500, so in Fiat terms, longer than a Punto supermini and as wide as a Tipo family hatch - Andreas Wuppinger's styling team had to use a Punto floorplan as the basis for something quite different. Then give the end result a recognisable '500'-style twist, hence the familiar wide-eyed front end. As BMW found when trying to super-size the MINI to create the MINI Countryman, that isn't a recipe for aesthetic elegance - and it certainly isn't here - but it has left room for some very clever touches. Just look at the flow of the wraparound windscreen for instance, designed to give almost 360-degree vision. This improved model has in recent times been lightly re-styled and now features LED daytime running lights. Plus the revised front bumper and a chromed-studded three-dimensional lower grille mesh now give the car a more elegant look. Inside, the instrument binnacle you view through the re-styled steering wheel has been re-designed too. As before, this is one of the most practical models in the compact MPV class. Three adults can comfortably sit on the back seat, plus standard models have a 455-litre boot.
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