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: 8.7
  • 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

The MOST Underrated Car in America

By on Saturday, July 29, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

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: "Responsive, Low maintenance, Jet engine"

Cons: "Back seats are less comfortable"

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

The Optimal car

"This car has seen it all. Upstate New York snowstorms and -25F nights, downpours, salty roads, heavy NYC/Long Island traffic. While always kept in a garage when in the city (NYC), not so upstate - open to all the elements. True warrior. Two years and 26000 miles later - no change. Being inside this car is like being in a all glass penthouse. The turbo engine !!! - Fast, responsive; For two full years of four distinct seasons and almost 24/7 usage I get a combined MPG of 27, 28. What astonishes me is how many negative reviews are out there by official auto reviewers and how many are the positive reviews by owners. Design, Function, Fuel economy and just plenty of joy - Beautiful car! Only today, I had to fold the back seats for I was getting three 5-6 ft trees from a nursery. Just like in IKEA - all fits in it! The dashboard - easy, elegant, practical. AC or heat come in quickly. Even in the long subzero upstate NY temps, this champ always starts. Steering is extremely responsive. Plenty of warning if anything needs attention. I had a battery light come up. Ignored it for 300 miles - when I did make it to the service - fallen serpentine belt because of a wobbly small part. The car drove those 300 miles only on battery alone !! I have the sunroof - its like a spectacle when I am inside. Recently, I had to stop and wait for a friend in a, naturally, No Standing zone by Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The car was a show-stopper - even full two years after I have had it. People deserve better, and more importantly, do not pay attention to those professional reviewers who are eager to criticize even the sky for being too blue."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The Optimal car

After 3 yrs, nearly 100K miles...Great car!

By on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

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: "See above."

Cons: "I dont own two of them."

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

"Wonderful visibility with lots of head room, easy to put three people in the back. Useful utility transporting space with fold-down seat. Easy to maneuver and park on city streets. I will hold on to this one for a while, which I dont usually do."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

50 people out of 55 found this review helpful

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