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2014 FIAT 500L

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2014 FIAT 500L Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4

For those who love the diminutive Fiat 500's looks and charm, but just can't make its tiny interior space work, the all-new 500L is the Italian automaker's fine answer. Like its provisional competitor, the Mini Cooper Countryman, the 500L has the whimsical, retro styling of its subcompact sibling, but a lot more room. Though still small by most standards, the 5-passenger 500L boasts interior space in spades, with a versatile rear seat that's comfortable for adults. The 500L is not as dynamic or fun to drive as the Countryman, Nissan Juke or Kia Soul, but it feels more comfortable and quiet when cruising at highway speeds. With a starting price under $20,000, the Fiat 500L also brings value with its Euro charm.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2014 Fiat 500L is an all-new car, and marks the second major model in Fiat's U.S. lineup. Compared to the Fiat 500 (aka the Cinquecento), the 500L has 42 percent more interior space.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're hoping for Mini-like go-kart handling and zippy performance, you're better off sticking with the Mini Countryman or, for those on a tighter budget, the Nissan Juke. Those requiring all-wheel drive should also look to the Countryman or a Nissan Juke, since it isn't offered in the Fiat 500L.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.4
  • 6.2
  • 7.0
  • 5.8
  • 6.4
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#9

out of 12

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 12

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.8 out of 10
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2014 FIAT 500L Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Fiat 500L is an all-new car, and marks the second major model in Fiat's U.S. lineup. Compared to the Fiat 500 (aka the Cinquecento), the 500L has 42 percent more interior space.

Driving the 500L
2014 FIAT 500L Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The Fiat 500L uses the same turbocharged engine as the 500 Abarth, but the 500L does not share that smaller car's feisty traits. The 500L is a bigger, heavier vehicle,...

and that's quickly evident when you drive it. In the low-rev range, the 500L takes its time getting up to speed, and acceleration in general is nothing to boast about. Neither are the handling dynamics. The 500L doesn't beg to be thrown around corners like a Mini. Where the 500L does excel is in ride comfort. While other small cars can succumb to jitteriness at freeway speeds, the 500L feels solid and at ease. Unlike the Mini's stiffer suspension that can be jarring over rough roads, the 500L's softer setup tames imperfections with aplomb. The 500L's 6-speed manual transmission is a smooth, clean-shifting gearbox, and its optional Euro Twin Clutch automatic shifts in a non-intrusive manner.
Favorite Features

UCONNECT SYSTEM
The 500L is the first Fiat to include Chrysler's well-respected telematics system. Audio, hands-free communication, navigation and more are controlled via a standard touch-screen system that's responsive and easy to use.

QUIET CABIN
Just as impressive as this 4-door hatchback's interior volume is its lack of volume in the other sense – cabin noise. The 500L's passenger compartment is quiet, a trait that will be especially appreciated by drivers with longer commutes.

2014 FIAT 500L Details
2014 FIAT 500L Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Here is where the biggest difference lies between the Fiat 500L and its 500 sibling. Technically, the latter has four seats, but the two rear ones are very tight. The 500L, though, has a 3-person rear bench that can comfortably fit two adults. Rear legroom is impressive at 36.7 inches, nearly three inches more than a Mini Cooper Countryman. What's more, the 500L's rear seats recline, slide, flip and tumble forward for cargo/passenger versatility. Headroom in all seats is sky-high. Outward visibility is good thanks to design elements such as a front pillar split by glass and wraparound rear windows. Dash controls are easy to discern and use.

Exterior
2014 FIAT 500L photo

Next to the 2-door 500, the 500L looks downright bloated. An extra pair of doors, taller profile and voluptuous rear will do that. Despite the design tradeoffs inherent in this car's pragmatics, the 500L has its own share of cuteness. Who could resist those doe-eyed headlights, "floating" roof, and propeller-like front grille piece encircling a big red "FIAT" logo? Those seeking a slightly tougher 500L should take the Trekking model, which features beefier front and rear aesthetics, and larger, 17-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 500L is available in four trims: Pop, Easy, Trekking, and Lounge. At less than $20,000, the Pop comes comfortably equipped with power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, and Uconnect telematics with a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player with USB and auxiliary inputs. Easy models add 16-inch aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 520 watts of premium audio. Trekking models include 17-inch wheels, a 2-tone interior and premium cloth seats, while top-line Lounge models come with the 6-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission and leather seats (heated and powered up front). All 2014 models (except Pop) receive the Premiere Package free, which includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, and rear-park assist.

Optional Equipment

Music lovers will appreciate the Beats Audio system that includes six premium speakers and a thumping subwoofer. Leather seating is also available, as is a dual-pane sunroof, power front seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and HomeLink universal garage door opener. Trekking models can be outfitted with heavier-duty cloth seats, and all 500L models except the base version can be had with a black or white roof to give it that "floating" design.

Under the Hood
2014 FIAT 500L Engine photo

The 2014 Fiat 500L is powered by a small, efficient, turbocharged engine that drives the front wheels. Initial transmission choices are a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Euro Twin Clutch, which operates like an automatic, but offers higher fuel efficiency. A traditional 6-speed automatic transmission is set to be available at a later date. The Fiat's turbocharged 1.4-liter engine can run on 87-octane gasoline, but premium 91-grade is recommended.

1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4
160 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy, estimated: 25/33 mpg (manual), 24/33 mpg (twin-clutch automatic)

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Fiat 500L offers quite a bit of style and substance for the money. A base Pop model has a Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $19,900. Well-equipped Easy and Trekking models start at $20,995 and $21,995, respectively. Top-line Lounge models begin at $24,995 and include the twin-clutch automatic transmission, which is a $1,350 option on Easy and Trekking models. The Fiat 500L's starting price is below that of the Mini Cooper Countryman, which begins just under $23,000. The Fiat's price is similar to that of the Nissan Juke, and above that of the Nissan Cube and Kia Soul. Also less expensive is the slightly smaller Honda's Fit, a subcompact hatchback that also boasts a roomy, flexible interior. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for the 2014 Fiat 500L. As the 500L is an all-new car, we can't yet predict how its resale value will hold up.

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2014 FIAT 500L Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.8
Out of 10

Based on 6 Ratings for the 2014 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.8/10
    Quality
    10.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.8/10
    Styling
    9.7/10

Our Second Fiat

By on Sunday, March 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Styling, Quiet Ride, Full Sunroof, Fun to Drive!"

Cons: "Needs a rear cargo mat or make available OEM"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We traded in a 2012 Fiat 500 Sport for more room. We drove the Sport for 13000 miles and never had any problems. Our L is the Trekking model with a manual trans. Gas mileage is as advertised. Getting 27.5 combined and 33 on the highway. We drive mostly around town in hilly Western Washington State. The U-connect with back-up camera is great. Also enjoy the sound quality of the Beats system."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great value and fun to drive

By on Monday, November 11, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent cabin room; great seats and road view"

Cons: "Voice control nav frustating; no locking gas cap"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have owned this car for a month now, and both my wife and I love it. We chose the Trekking model for its unique design and satin finish trim. Bright and spacious interior, plenty of backseat room (back seats recline) and great cargo space with back seats folded down. Got the special package with U-connect, navigation and backup camera. I'm 5'10" and my wife is 5'0" (barely) and we both love the driving position and seats. I actually traded in a two year old Cadillac CTS! Worth checking out, a great value for the price and just "quirky" enought to turn heads. Doesn't quite handle the road like our Mini Cooper, but not bad. Very comfortable at highway speeds; quick peppy engine (although slight turbo lag on acceleration)"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Truly remarkable vehicle

By on Friday, November 08, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this vehicle for a week now. I fell in love with it at first sight. Handles well in Houston traffic. Ride is quite and loaded with all the features you would want. The only drawback is the location of seatbelt, can be difficult to attach at times. I am six foot tall and have plenty of comfortable seating room."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

The Fiat 500L is a great car.

By on Thursday, November 07, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy interior, turbo engine"

Cons: "no lock on gas door, space saver spare costs $450."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased the 500L Trekking a few weeks ago and I could not be happier. The car is peppy with the 160 HP turbo engine and it is a very smooth riding car. I used to have a Fiat 500 and that car was a little too cramped and the engine was a little slow. The 500L has a lot of interior space and much headroom. I am 6 foot and I have passengers that are 6 fot 5 inches and they have no problems getting in."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I Love MY Yellow FIAT 500L Trekking

By on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas mileage averaging 30.6 MPG, Panoramic Sunroof"

Cons: "Uconnect voice recognition is not very responsive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Road Trip to the Mountains

"The Trekking model proved to have all the extras I was looking for in a new vehicle. The gas mileage is averaging 30.6 MPG and I absolutely love my panoramic sunroof. You must test drive the FIAT 500L if you’re looking for a crossover or small SUV. Having test drove every small SUV on the market the FIAT 500 L had more interior room than many of the small SUVs I test drove. The cargo space allowed for a stop at IKEA during the road trip and still had room to spare. The twin clutch and turbo adds the extra boast needed to make this 4 cylinder car zippy and fun to drive. I truly enjoy my new FIAT 500L Trekking."

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Road Trip to the Mountains

Owned for a couple of months - LOVE IT!

By on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun car, lots of headroom, great tech, unique look"

Cons: "None that I can think of"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought my Fiat 500L Easy a couple of months ago and I couldn't be happier! I am a musician by trade and needed a new car (Drove my Dodge Magnum into the ground) that would accommodate my musical equipment. When I saw a Fiat 500L on display at a local mall, it really caught my eye and I found myself at the dealer a couple of days later making a deal. After a couple of months of driving, I am thrilled with the car. With the complimentary tech package with bluetooth, rear camera, great stereo, hands-free operation, etc it feels like a great "bang for the buck." I love the roomy feel (I am 6'3") and it doesn't have a small car feel to me at all. I am enjoying the manual transmission as well cause it's fun to drive."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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