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heycar review

      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      MPV
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

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Practical and affordable small MPV

Best bits

  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Five star Euro NCAP safety rating

Not so great

  • Cabin feels cheap in places
  • Lacks refinement
  • Not the best looker around...

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Overall verdict on the Fiat 500L

"There's no doubt that the 500L fills a gap in Fiat's line-up and gives buyers something that they've been crying out for: a Fiat 500 that's fit for family life. If you can live with the looks, then this is a good value family car."

Fiat 500L Driving

Fiat is good at small cars. Very good in fact. It's been doing it for years and built up a reputation for making them with flair. The Punto has been Fiat's long-running success story in recent history, while in the past few years it's been the Panda and 500 which have been flying out of the showrooms.


But when it comes to comes to those that are a bigger, it doesn't matter how good or bad they are, they just don't capture buyers' imaginations. See Fiat Croma for details...


So it came up with a brilliant wheeze – why not make everything a small car? Or, at least sound like it is. The first of these is was this, the 500L. It takes styling cues from the dinky 500 hatch, but underneath is a fundamentally different car and built in a different factory.


Fiat want you to think of it as a filled-out five-door family version of the 500, which it does an admirable job of. But you have to wonder what part marketing has played – would it be as eagerly-awaited if it was differently styled and called something else?


But it's not and the result is a charming family-size car that's more distinctive than many of the me-too mini MPVs out there. Size-wise it's a bit of an inbetweener. At almost 4.2 metres long it's significantly larger than the 500, but not as long as the Punto. It seats five in some comfort and feels very roomy – especially so when there's a panoramic glass roof fitted, though this is a £500 option on Pop Star and Easy.

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Fiat 500L

1.3 Multijet 95 Trekking 5dr

  • 2017
  • 38,522 miles
  • Stoneacre Abarth, Fiat, Suzuki Lincoln
  • Lincolnshire, LN67DA
Price:£7,995
PCP: £149.42/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £149.42, Customer Deposit: £1,199.00, Total Deposit: £1,199.25, Optional Final Payment: £3,202.85, Total Charge For Credit: £1,636.80, Total Amount Payable: £9,631.80, Representative APR: 11.3%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.81%, Excess Mileage Charge: 2.08ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Fiat 500L

1.4 Urban 5dr

  • 2020
  • 3 miles
  • Cars2 Fiat/Abarth Barnsley
  • South Yorkshire, S711AJ
Price:£14,590
PCP: £256.20/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £256.20, Customer Deposit: £2,188.00, Total Deposit: £2,188.50, Optional Final Payment: £5,508.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,073.50, Total Amount Payable: £16,663.50, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.87%, Excess Mileage Charge: 6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

What’s the best Fiat 500L model/engine to choose?

Unless you intend to cover big mileages each year, we'd suggest sticking with a petrol 500L. The 1.4-litre is smooth and quiet so would be our choice and there are plenty around on the used market. Avoid the basic Pop models and look for a Pop Star or even better, a Lounge model.


The model range was later simplified to Urban, City Cross and Cross, with the City Cross representing the best value for money of the three.

What other cars are similar to the Fiat 500L?

Whether it's labelled as a crossover or an MPV, the Fiat 500L remains a good value and practical family car. It's that which means it rivals the likes of the equally style driven Citroen C4 Cactus, the rather more restrained Ford C-MAX and the family friendly Vauxhall Crossland X.


Other Fiat 500L rivals include crossovers like the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross, which likes the Fiat, majors on value and the popular Skoda Yeti.

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Fiat 500L Interior

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