2019 FIAT 500L Review
Pros & Cons
- Plenty of passenger and cargo room for a small hatchback
- Touchscreen interface is attractive and easy to use
- Ride quality is choppy over rough pavement
- Interior materials look and feel cheap
- The latest advanced driver safety aids aren't available
- Rear seats don't fold flat for more cargo flexibility
List Price Estimate
$16,755 - $19,089
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Which 500L does Edmunds recommend?
The base trim level is the Pop. Its generous features list and low starting price are attractive for buyers on a budget. But we say go for the top-trim Lounge. It's just about fully loaded and doesn't add much to the bottom line. The only available options at the Lounge level are a panoramic sunroof and the Graphite Edition package, which pairs the sunroof with minor appearance modifications.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The engine produces only adequate power, the brakes are grabby, and the handling is unremarkable. As a result, overall drivability is poor.
Though it can manage short trips well, the 500L isn't a confident or comfortable road tripper. Its stiff ride and hard seat bottoms make it a poor choice for journeys lasting more than an hour.
The 500L's double roof-pillar design inhibits quarter-angle visibility in all directions. The rear seats don't fold completely flat, but the movable rear shelf makes up the difference. Even though this is an economically priced car, the materials feel below par.
The 500L is pretty roomy, with cargo space of 68 cubic feet and behind-the-rear-seat space of 21.3 cubic feet. Storage for small items is OK, with decent-size cupholders, but the door pockets and front bin are underwhelming.
|Overall||5.8 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
Bill in TX,11/15/2019
Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
My 2014 500L Trekking has been 100% reliable to date, and with a manual transmission is fun to drive! I am old enough to remember when Italian cars had a reputation for unreliability, but that was a long time ago and I do not believe that the current crop should be tarred with that brush. Interior room is great...lots of headroom and legroom both front and back, as well as good cargo capacity in back. FWD provides good traction in poor weather, and the 6-speed manual transmission helps in that department, too. Performance is good in general. Acceleration will not pin your ears back, nor can you fling it at high speeds through hairpin curves, but if that is what you are looking for, then you probably aren't even considering this car in the first place. To summarize, the Fiat 500L Trekking is a good, reliable car that is fun to drive. BTW, speaking of reliability, I have been a Land Rover owner in the past and know current Land/Range Rover owners....in terms of reliability I will take my 500L over an Evoque any day, hands down.
Urbana 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the 500L models:
- 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.