Our cars: Fiat 500L - October

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  • After 10 months and more than 9000 miles, we say goodbye to the Fiat 500L

    After 10 months and more than 9000 miles, we say goodbye to the Fiat 500L

  • Our 500L's alloy is now as good as new, and the door's been fixed, too

    Our 500L's alloy is now as good as new, and the door's been fixed, too

  • Driver's door locking issue diagnosed by our local dealer. Great service, and parts now on order

    Driver's door locking issue diagnosed by our local dealer. Great service, and parts now on order

  • A huge wheelbarrow fitted into our 500L's 1310-litre load bay without much fuss

    A huge wheelbarrow fitted into our 500L's 1310-litre load bay without much fuss

  • Door locking problem previously identified has returned, so a trip to the dealer could be on the cards

    Door locking problem previously identified has returned, so a trip to the dealer could be on the cards

  • Built-in Lavazza coffee maker is a £200 option, but it's not officially available as a retro-fit

    Built-in Lavazza coffee maker is a £200 option, but it's not officially available as a retro-fit

  • Mel's driven the trendy 'Beats' edition of the 500L. But does she prefer it over the standard car?

    Mel's driven the trendy 'Beats' edition of the 500L. But does she prefer it over the standard car?

  • The 500L stood out in our car park for Paul Garlick - but not because he likes the looks

    The 500L stood out in our car park for Paul Garlick - but not because he likes the looks

  • Diamond-cut finish on alloy looks great, but kerb damage can't be repaired by a mobile technician

    Diamond-cut finish on alloy looks great, but kerb damage can't be repaired by a mobile technician

  • Mel's new phone is now recognised by the Fiat, meaning she can make the most of the Uconnect system

    Mel's new phone is now recognised by the Fiat, meaning she can make the most of the Uconnect system

  • The alloys have unfortunately suffered from some damage

    The alloys have unfortunately suffered from some damage

  • The 500L's stop-start system seemed to struggle in the colder weather

    The 500L's stop-start system seemed to struggle in the colder weather

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Fiat 500L 1.6 Multijet 105 Pop Star

Fiat 500L review

Week ending October 25
Mileage 6227
Driven this week 53 miles

The Fiat 500L has been taking it relatively easy this week, being used only for my daily short urban commute. However, I’ve had the results of the 500L’s recent True MPG fuel test, and it recorded 54.8mpg, which seems a bit more plausible.
I am still averaging 46mpg, so this gives me hope that I can hit the 50mpg mark.

On another note, a 500L Trekking has put in an appearance, so I will be borrowing it for a quick test drive to see how it compares with my regular 500L. First impressions are the Trekking looks a bit more rugged than my long termer, although I’m not sure about the yellow paint scheme.

By Melanie Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com

Week ending October 18
Mileage 6174
Driven this week 167 miles


True to my word, I have organised to get the 500L fuel tested again, after struggling to get anywhere near a previous True MPG figure of 58.9mpg, taken from a different, but same spec (and 1.6 diesel engined) 500L.

At the moment, after a week of normal urban commuting, the average mpg readout is holding fairly steady at 46mpg. I’m expecting the new True MPG test figure next week.

By Melanie Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com


Week ending October 11

Mileage 6007
Driven this week 227 miles

I’ve now got the Fiat back after its two-week, 1000-mile trip around France in the hands of a colleague.

The first thing I did was check the average MPG digital readout, as I was curious to see if a mixture of autoroute and typical N- and D-road driving had improved the economy somewhat from my usual stop-start urban journeys.

A figure of 46.2mpg greeted me, which, if I’m honest, was disappointing. I’d expected (and hoped) to see an MPG figure in the low fifties, seeing as our True MPG test with another 1.6 diesel 500L recorded 58.9mpg.

I am now going to get my 500L tested, to check what reading we get with this particular car.

By Mel Falconer - Mel.Falconer@whatcar.com

Week ending October 4
Mileage 5780
Driven this week 800 miles

Fiat 500L review

My colleague, Pete Dignan, has taken the Fiat 500L on holiday, and has sent his thoughts back.

'After 1000 miles driving around France I found the seats of the Fiat to be pretty easy on the back and the lack of lumbar adjustment wasn't an issue. However, you find yourself sliding out of them when tackling a corner, even at a gentle speed.

'The suspension doesn’t help with this situation, and it was easy to see why when we took the Chunnel back from the Continent. Compared with the other car in the train carriage, the 500L bounced and swayed over every bump as if we were on the ferry.'

By Mel Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com

Our cars: Fiat 500L - September

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