Fiat 500L 1.6 Multijet 105 Pop Star
Week ending October 25
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
Week ending October 18
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
Week ending October 11
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
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