The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The 500L’s upright stance may not be for everyone, but it does ensure a comfortable upright driving position for the driver. Also helping is plenty of steering wheel adjustment, as well as lots of manual adjustment for the driver’s seat, including standard height adjustment. That said, you have to pay extra for lumbar adjustment on all models.
The seats themselves are relatively comfortable, though, and the pedals line up nicely with the driver’s seat, so you aren’t forced to sit at an awkward angle. The dash has been sensibly designed and nothing is set frustratingly far away from the driver.
The new Live infotainment system with its 7.0in touchscreen (which comes as standard on Lounge models) is a far superior system. Its high definition screen and logically laid out menus makes navigating different utilities a relative breeze. And if, like us, you don’t like using in-built navigation systems, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allows you to use your phone as the main infotainment hub.
The 500L’s dashboard has chunky switchgear, nice bright colours including the large front section, and colour that continues on the door trims on more expensive models.