The 500L arrived as a 2014 model, giving hungry Fiat dealers something that would have greater application—and consequently a broader appeal—than the lovable but tiny preferred 500. With 4 doors and real room for four (there’s a 5th seatbelt, but simplest those shorter than 4-ft tall will decide to the rear center seat without grievance), the 500L technically fulfilled a want. Although dynamically challenged, the 500L has respectable shipment capability and within reason on hand around town. The Fiat layout crew sought to stretch the five hundred’s cuteness to the 500L’s larger dimensions, and, adore it or hate it, the consequences talk for themselves.
The power source is Fiat’s widely hired, turbocharged 1. Four-liter MultiAir inline-four. Horsepower—one hundred sixty at 5500 rpm—is simple, however, the little turbo’s 184 lb-toes of torque makes it a decent performer round town. EPA gasoline-financial system rankings are best so-so: 22 mpg metropolis, 30 toll road, and 25 blended, with top-rate gasoline, encouraged. Fiat enhances the 500L’s persona with a color palette sure to send your friends scurrying for their Italian-English dictionaries: Grigio Chiaro, Grigio Scuro, Verde Bosco Perla, Rosso, Rosso Perla, Mocha Latte, Bianco, Nero, Giallo, and Blu Tornado. There’s also a two-tone choice, with a Bianco, Nero, or Rosso roof available, depending on body color.
What’s New: Fiat has simplified the 2017 500L lineup, lowering trim degrees to three, even though the closing trio keeps with some of the funkiest names inside the enterprise: the base-version Pop, SUV-like Trekking, and greater high priced Lounge. The Trekking trim also gives a dress-up alternative, the Urbana Appearance package. It consists of 17-inch wheels in Matte Nero (black), a color that’s repeated on the side mirrors, facet sills, and moldings; door handles in satin silver; and a contrasting roof. But the largest news is something that’s gone: the six-speed guide transmission, this means that everyone 2017 500Ls have a six-velocity computerized.
What We Like: Most designers will inform you it’s higher to create a polarizing design than one that’s bland, and the 500L definitely scores on that scale. The question is whether the polarity is out of stability—too robust at the poor aspect of the equation. Be that as it may, the 500L has a distinct look in a market section populated by using automobiles that look all too comparable. Other strong suits: comfortable urban ride, proper shipment ability, and interior décor treatments that verge on distinctive.
What We Don’t Like: Thanks to the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Alfa Romeo, we’ve been conditioned to equate all Italian makes with at the least a bit of dynamic passion. But that trait is basically absent within the 500L. The steering is rubbery, the automated transmission takes its time-shifting, body motions are large, understeer quick escalates to mulish, and throttle reaction and acceleration are languid. Ride exceptional that’s creamy on metropolitan streets isn’t so first-class on pavement punctuated by using nasty little irregularities.
What We Don’t Like: Thanks to the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Alfa Romeo, we’ve been conditioned to equate all Italian makes with at the least a bit of dynamic ardor. But that trait is essentially absent in the 500L. The guidance is rubbery, the automated transmission takes its time-shifting, body motions are huge, understeer brief escalates to mulish, and throttle reaction and acceleration are languid. Ride terrific that’s creamy on metropolitan streets isn’t so great on pavement punctuated by using the usage of nasty little irregularities.
Potential 500L proprietors will come to this Fiat knowing it to be a extra grown-up vehicle than its city car stablemate. They’ll recognize that it may not be pretty equal to force. But that might not prevent some of them from being slightly dissatisfied while that turns out to be genuine at the back of the wheel. Little of the responsive, terrier-like dealing with that marks out a widespread little 500 has made it right here. Having stated that, by means of the greater modest dynamic requirements of the small humans carrying sector, this Italian access is fun enough factor to punt around and what it lacks in agility, it makes up for with more mature virtues.
The experience’s loads better for a start, nonetheless at the company side for an MPV however smooth sufficient thru metropolis potholes. It’s quieter too. And this vehicle’s plenty less complicated to peer out of way to the better seating position, the an awful lot extra glass place and something that you’ll genuinely admire at junctions: a clever A-pillar/front quarterlight layout presenting the equal kind of curved windscreen look that characterised this car’s religious predecessor, the Multipla version of the Nineteen Fifties. It all provides to an urban confidence encouraged through the mild lock-to-lock steerage. A car you may enjoy at the school run.