2018 FIAT 500L
- Plenty of passenger room and cargo space for a small hatchback
- Touchscreen interface is attractive and easy to use
- Without the sunroof, there's plenty of headroom for tall passengers
- Ride quality is choppy over rough pavement
- Feels slower than most other cars in the class
- Touchy brakes make it hard to come to a smooth stop
- Rear seats don't fold flat for more cargo flexibility
2018 FIAT 500L pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which 500L does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating2.5 / 5
Compact crossover SUVs and wagons are all about extracting the maximum amount of passenger and cargo room from an inherently small package. Generally, style rarely plays a part in this price- and utility-conscious class. The 2018 Fiat 500L bucks convention by wrapping its roomy cabin in a body that looks like a supersize version of the Fiat 500 city car. The uniquely Italian design brings a bit of flair to this conservative class, and 2018 model's new front and rear fascias give it an updated look compared to previous model years.
Aside from the exterior design, however, there's not much reason to buy the 500L over one of the other compelling choices in its class. Significant drawbacks include a harsh ride quality, uncomfortable seats, compromised outward visibility and overall poor build quality.
Fiat offers another small crossover, the 500X, and it's the superior choice. The 500X doesn't offer as much interior space, but it's more enjoyable to drive, has a more upscale interior and gives you the option of all-wheel drive.
Though the 2018 Fiat 500L isn't a terrible car in its own right, we suggest going with a competing wagon, hatchback or crossover SUV instead.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Fiat 500L is a four-door compact wagon that competes against a small group of like-minded wagons and hatchbacks, as well as some compact crossovers. Fiat offers it in three trim levels: the base Pop, the midlevel Trekking and the loaded-up Lounge.
Every Fiat 500L is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (160 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) that powers the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base-level Pop comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lights, heated mirrors, tinted windows, remote locking and unlocking, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, height-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats that slide fore and aft, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker audio system with two USB ports (one is charge-only) and smartphone compatibility via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Popular Equipment Group adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, two-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver (the Trekking also adds manual lumbar for the passenger) and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Pop's Premium Group includes those features plus satellite radio, a navigation system and a seven-speaker BeatsAudio system.
Stepping up to the Trekking level adds 17-inch wheels, foglights, unique body panels and trim with a rugged theme, LED ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rear-seat armrest and the BeatsAudio system, navigation and satellite radio from the Premium Group package. It is also available with the Popular Equipment Group.
The top-trim Lounge equips the 500L with 17-inch alloy wheels with a painted finish, chrome exterior mirrors and body accents, and the contents of the Popular Equipment Group.
A panoramic sunroof, matte black finish wheels, a spare tire, and color combinations that match the roof and exterior mirrors are other available options, depending on trim level.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Fiat 500L Trekking (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 500L has received some revisions, including a new infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility) for 2018. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 500L, however.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 500L safety features:
- ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
- Alerts the driver as the 500L approaches an object behind the vehicle.
- ParkView Rear Backup Camera
- Displays an image of the area behind the vehicle in the touchscreen display.
- Hill Start Assist
- Prevents the 500L from rolling backward when pulling away from a stop while traveling uphill.
2018 FIAT 500L for Sale
After nearly 30 years away from the American market, Fiat returned to the U.S. with its tiny, retro-themed 500 two-door hatchback in 2012. As with the original "Cinquecento," the modern Fiat 500 was the ideal runabout for city denizens, commuters and anyone challenged with finding street parking. Although the 500 wasn't exactly a standout in terms of refinement or value proposition, its Italian pizazz won it a fair share of fans.
Some folks liked the idea of the 500 but deemed the car too small. For them, Fiat has the four-door 500L. Think of the L as standing for "Larger." The 2018 Fiat 500L is more than 2 feet longer than a 500 and also shares the tall cabin architecture of its little sibling. The result: The 500L offers about the same room as a small crossover SUV. And like a compact crossover, the 500L provides elevated front seating that many drivers prefer for its optimum view out the windshield. And, thanks to its growth spurt, the bigger 500 also provides a habitable back seat that offers plenty of room even for adults.
Although the 500L has a turbocharged engine, it's a mere 1.4 liters. That's fine for the smaller 500, but the 500L is 800 pounds heavier and so its performance is a mixed bag. With just one or two people aboard, the 500L is peppy enough. Its 0-60 mph time of 8.5 seconds is respectable in the small crossover/wagon class. But fill the seats or load it up with some heavy cargo and you'd be wise to carefully plan your highway merging and passing maneuvers. The EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway), not bad generally speaking but still lower than most rivals.
The 2018 Fiat 500L is available in three trim levels, ranging from the base Pop to the loaded-up Lounge. Feature highlights include leather seating, power lumbar support for the front seats, and split-folding rear seats that slide fore and aft to optimize legroom or cargo space.
Granted, the 2018 Fiat 500L is like its baby brother in that it has a certain charisma, something that's not too common in this class. But it likewise falls short of its rivals in such key areas as refinement, performance and ride quality. Specifically, in addition to lackluster acceleration when fully laden, the 500L's ride can be choppy over broken pavement, the build quality is spotty, and the brake pedal is difficult to operate smoothly, making jerk-free stops a challenge.
With those reservations in mind, we'd recommend considering another Fiat sibling if a bigger 500 is what you seek. The four-door Fiat 500X provides a roomy cabin along with superior refinement, better ride and handling dynamics, and the availability of more high-tech features. Whatever your preference, Edmunds can help you find the Fiat 500 that's just right for you.
2018 FIAT 500L Overview
The 2018 FIAT 500L is offered in the following submodels: 500L Wagon. Available styles include Pop 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Lounge 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 FIAT 500L?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 FIAT 500L and all its trim types. 0 Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 500L.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 FIAT 500L?
2018 FIAT 500L Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 FIAT 500L Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,155. The average price paid for a new 2018 FIAT 500L Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7,811 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7,811 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,344.
The average savings for the 2018 FIAT 500L Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is28.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 FIAT 500L?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.