This grown up, 4-door version of the Fiat 500 retains all the spirit and cheeky good looks of its 2-door younger sibling, but offers a genuine compact SUV for family motoring in style and comfort. The Fiat 500L was launched in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show and 2017 sees a face-lift, introducing fresh colours, a redesigned interior and new engine specs, as well as the launch of a stylish ‘Beats’ edition of the car.
Compared to the original 500 design, the 500L is extended to just over 4 metres which, combined with a higher profile, creates a cabin more than a match for anything in its class, whilst still being a doddle to handle and park. Many hallmarks of the original Fiat 500 are retained including the round shape and dual circular front lamps. This is still unmistakably a 500, just larger.
The smart and well-equipped cabin of the 500L ensures that every square inch is utilised with a total of 22 storage areas, fully flexible seating and a clever boot with adjustable height settings. The interior is unmistakably Fiat, with painted dash and cool dials surrounding a smart on-board computer, offering superb infotainment and multi-connectivity including mp3 and Bluetooth. As an extravagant add-on, there’s even space for Fiat’s own espresso maker, delivering coffee on the move, far better tasting than any service station!
As with all Fiats, safety aboard the 2017 model 500L comes as standard. As well as air-bags for all passengers, the sophisticated computer facilitates hill hold, smart braking, roll-over mitigation and stability control. All 500L models also boast leather trim, multi-function steering wheel, electric front windows, power steering and central locking. The ribbon windows offer an excellent 360 degree view for driver and passengers alike. In addition, some models come with a sky dome roof, flooding the cabin with light and giving a wonderful feeling of space.
New Fiat 500L prices start at less than £13K for the entry Pop trim. Alloy wheels and extra features come with the Pop Star and Lounge versions. The flagship Trekker model boasts rugged good looks, plus a traction system for safe all-weather motoring on any road.
The 2017 Fiat 500L is an excellent choice for those who want a practical and spacious car, suitable for family or friends, but at the same time, don’t wish to compromise on style and individuality. The excellent choice of engine specs all benefit from Fiat’s advanced design featuring a Common Rail injection system and Stop-Start technology. These new generation engines reduce running costs significantly whilst never compromising on performance.