The new Fiat 500L is a roomy but nimble compact family car, being a larger version of the classic 500, but retaining all the panache of its celebrated younger sibling. The car comes in a number of engine specs and the reliable 1.4L is the entry model. This is a no-nonsense and proven petrol unit that does not include stop-start technology but, in keeping with Fiat’s outstanding engineering heritage, is well scaled to be responsive in traffic and powerful enough on the open road.
The 1.4L 95PS petrol version of the 2018 500L is the cheapest way to own this stylish and practical 4-door supermini. Prices list from just £12,350 for the entry Pop trim which nevertheless sports electric front windows, central locking, Bluetooth connectivity, leather trims and clever expandable luggage compartment.
An additional £2K brings attractive chrome side mouldings, alloy wheels, air conditioning and cruise control aboard the 1.4L 500L Pop Star. Alternatively, the Easy Trim loses the exterior refinements but gains parking sensors and rear electric windows for the same price of £14,350. The top of the range, 500L 1.4L Lounge brings luxury and refinement at a competitive list price of £15,750. This trim boasts 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, fixed sun roof, climate control, rain sensors and some great styling.
Although not the most economical and cleanest engine in the 500L engine range, for the price, the 1.4L engine performs consistently well, with a top speed of 106mph. In combined driving conditions, the engine will return a solid 45.6mpg.