2019 FIAT 500L Wagon
- Trekking model's Urbana Appearance package is no longer available
- Part of the first 500L generation introduced for 2014
- Plenty of passenger and cargo room for a small hatchback
- Touchscreen interface is attractive and easy to use
- Rear seats don't fold flat for more cargo flexibility
- The latest advanced driver safety aids aren't available
- Interior materials look and feel cheap
- Ride quality is choppy over rough pavement
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Which 500L does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating2.5 / 5
The 2019 Fiat 500L is a compact wagon that tries to replicate the charm and playfulness of the diminutive Fiat 500 city car while offering greater utility. We do like the 500L's spacious interior and cargo area, and having four doors is more useful than just the two of the regular 500. The 500's handling is pretty good by class standards, too. But the overall package just doesn't exude the sense of playfulness that makes the 500 such a charming car.
The seats are hard, the ride is rough, and road and wind noise is palpable. These offenses don't manifest until you drive around for a little while, but the cheap interior plastics are immediately apparent upon entering the cabin. The low-rent materials felt underwhelming when the 500L debuted in 2014, and look even worse now as newer rivals raise the bar.
While the 500L offers a lot of utility at a low price, most other small wagons, hatchbacks and crossovers are more enjoyable to drive and easier to live with.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 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. The base Pop model is fairly inexpensive and comes loaded with creature comforts and tech features. The midlevel Trekking doesn't cost much more and adds a few desirable luxury amenities. The top Lounge model is slightly more expensive than the Trekking, and it's actually a better deal if you want the Trekking's Popular Equipment package.
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, a 7-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system.
The Pop's optional Popular Equipment Group package adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, power lumbar adjustment for the driver, 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 sound 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, which also includes manual lumbar adjustment for the passenger.
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 and color combinations that match the roof and exterior mirrors are other available options, depending on trim level. Two cosmetic packages are also available: the Pop's Chrome Appearance package (unique 17-inch wheels and chrome exterior trim) and the Lounge's Graphite Edition package (non-painted wheels, the sunroof, and gray-painted roof and mirror caps).
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Fiat 500L Trekking (turbo 1.4L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2015, 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.
Fiat 500L vs. the competition
2019 Fiat 500L
2018 Fiat 500X
Fiat 500L vs. Fiat 500X
The Fiat 500L naturally has more passenger and cargo space than the subcompact 500X crossover, but that's where the L's advantages stop. The 500X has nicer interior materials and a more playful demeanor. Unless you absolutely need the extra space, we say go with the superior 500X.
Fiat 500L vs. Mini Countryman
The Fiat 500L and the Mini Countryman are about the same size, but the similarities end there. The Countryman is a far more refined vehicle, with sporty handling, high-quality interior materials, and engines that are more powerful and fuel-efficient. The Countryman is much more expensive, but the old adage that you get what you pay for certainly applies. For more information about the Mini Countryman, read Edmunds' long-term road test of a 2018 Mini Countryman S E.
Fiat 500L vs. Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is the smallest vehicle in Fiat's lineup and, indeed, is one of the tiniest cars on sale in the U.S. Though it offers seating for four, only the front seats are suitable for adults. The Fiat 500L is more practical, but it's not as charming or fun to drive as the pint-sized 500.
2019 FIAT 500L Wagon Overview
What do people think of the 2019 FIAT 500L Wagon?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 FIAT 500L Wagon and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 500L Wagon featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2019 FIAT 500L Wagon here.
Our Review Process
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