Fiat 500L review

Category: MPV

Section: Costs & verdict

Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
  • Fiat 500L
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

None of the engines will cost you a fortune to run, but the turbocharged 1.4 will get through the most fuel. Company car drivers will want to go for the 1.3 diesel for its low CO2 emissions, and this model is likely to use the least fuel on longer motorway journeys, too.

The two-cylinder Twinair engine might promise much in terms of low running costs, but in the real world it struggles to meet the figures, because it has to be worked so hard to make decent progress.

There’s also a more rugged trim, called Trekking Cross. This comes with 17in alloy wheels, raised suspension, a ‘Mode Selector’ which gives you access to hill-descent control, some extra body cladding and automatic lights and wipers.

Fiat 500L

Reliability

The 500L gets a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty as standard, which is average for the class. Fiat, though, finished below average for customer satisfaction and mid-table in our latest reliability survey.

Safety and security

Overview

A decent small MPV let down by a noisy diesel

  • Good space
  • Lots of practical touches
  • Good safety kit
  • Petrol engines are weak
  • Handling is so-so
  • Unsettled ride in town
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