FIAT 500L

FIAT 500L

About FIAT 500L

For those who love the look of the 500 coupe, but can’t fit their family or lifestyle around the tiny 2-door, there’s the 2017 Fiat 500L 4-door hatchback. The 500L gives Fiat a viable counterpunch to the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman, although its lack of an all-wheel-drive (AWD) option may send prospective buyers to its 500X sibling. Some have complained the 500L’s styling looks a bit cartoonish, while others point out that for just a bit more money buyers can opt for better styling and AWD security of the 500X. Still, given its roomy interior, versatile hatch and nimble handling, the 2017 Fiat 500L isn’t without merit, it just lacks the good resale and reliability record of nearly every competitor.

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2017 FIAT 500L
What's new for 2017?
2017 FIAT 500L

The Fiat 500L hatchback for 2017 sees its model lineup simplified to just three trims: Pop, Trekking and Lounge. Last year’s 6-speed manual and Euro twin-clutch automatic transmissions are dropped, leaving only a 6-speed automatic paired with the 1.4-liter turbo.

  • Expert Rating: 6.1
  • Consumers Rating: 8.6
  • MPG 22|30
2016 FIAT 500L
What's new for 2016?
2016 FIAT 500L

The Fiat 500L hatchback carries over for 2016 with no major changes. The Urbana Trekking special edition returns and now offers the optional Rosso (red) roof for visual distinction.

2015 FIAT 500L
What's new for 2015?
2015 FIAT 500L

The Fiat 500L enters its second model year with a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard on top-line Lounge models and optional on the mid-trim Easy and Trekking versions, this new Aisin automatic replaces the 6-speed Euro twin-clutch automatic that's now offered only on base Pop trims.

2014 FIAT 500L
What's new for 2014?
2014 FIAT 500L

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.

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Consumer Reviews

Best car for a crowded urban environment

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,650

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Maneuverability, view, suspension, ventilation,"

Cons: "small glove box"

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

"This car has been extremely reliable and has features that are superior to its competition. It has an excellent a/c, heating, and defrosting system. It's suspension copes with our terrible roads far better than our past Mazda or Elantra. The view outside is awesome, critical in this city. The car and the suspension feel more robust than those two. Very quiet on the highway. The dual clutch is fine in full auto but is a hoot to drive in sequential shift where you can keep the turbo up to speed. Extremely versatile and useful. Unbelievably maneuverable and easy to park in NYC."

45 people out of 50 found this review helpful

Best Bang for your buck!

By on Friday, July 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "SAFE! Different looking, technology, Italian Style"

Cons: "Vanity mirror lights not available on Easy model"

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

"I already bought this car in 2014 when it first came it. It was a pleasure to drive and so comfy especially for a big guy like myself (6"3/255). One day after 6 months and 10,000+ miles some nut drove thru a red light and almost killed me. The frame broke but the car still protected me from dying. The first responders were amazed at how the car was still mostly intact and how well the airbags reacted! After about one year and 4 surgeries later I am back on the road. Since my car was a total loss I needed a new car. I ran last month to a local dealer and bought a brand new 2015 500L Easy in red. The car looks great, drives beautifully and fits 5 adults easily. I tried the 500X but it was a little too small up front and the backseat was hard to access for any average sized American! The ride is smooth, the 1.4 liter turbo is solid and gives you exactly what you need, the technology is A+ with Uconnect. MPG's are OK in city and very good on highway but most importantly: The car is 100% safe. I know first hand because it saved my life!! Can't beat that!!"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Terrific! (Why so underrated?)

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,169

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: "Space/Function/Road traction/Visibility"

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

"Phenomenally versatile, roomy and a veritable "penthouse" on wheels (I have the panoramic roof)..I am in continuous awe of my two-month old car. Country hills, narrow roads, dubious terrains, highways, the ever-meandering labyrinth of New York City traffic - Impeccable performance. Actually much more pleasant to be stuck in traffic now - the wireless/infotainment system (UConnect) works seamlessly. Excellent traction, Stability and control over car - rain, even wind (as car's tall): stable, steady and standing strong. The jet-like air boost engine (same as the Abarth - works just as fine here too) steps up just when you need it, (and yes - good acceleration); also, hands down: the Best driver's seat comfort and SPACE! today I was given a ride in a typical, big-brand, big-box SUV..legroom was very limited. The Fiat L may seem small but, boy, once you get INSIDE - an expansion of space unfolds (yet shockingly, a site somewhere claimed it had too much space for the driver!?!) Heated seats, adjustable lumber support - may seem as frivolous extras but for someone who already has put that much mileage in a short period of time, this comes very handy. LONG distance comfort is joy here. Sound is like in a concert hall…with the view..; I wish the back seats could fold totally flat and also, perhaps Fiat may try to bring the longer version of the car -the MPW from Europe here. As it stands pretty high off the round (I have the Trekking's 17" wheels), it would be a great space "elongateor" for the back of the car. Yet, my Fiat 500L parks almost everywhere in the city. Car is quiet, suspension - smooth. Design - and its functionality - is beautiful. Full tank with my 2015 auto-transmission (13.2) gets me about 340 miles, not bad..The car is an event. Every time I drive it. Why so underrated?"

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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