Back in 2007 when the first Fiat 500 was introduced here in the U.S. the only legitimate criticism was its size. Now, those critics who said the 500 was too small can’t say that anymore. The all-new Fiat 500L expands the appeal of the iconic 500 by adding 42 percent more interior space and seating for five.
With its recognizable Fiat 500 identity and an additional six inches in height and width, the all-new Fiat 500L has even more presence while still showing the FIAT family resemblance. Body sides of clean surfaces and flared wheel arches give it a fresh new look.
The interior of the all-new Fiat 500L features a perfect blend of modern simplicity, iconic Italian styling and numerous personalization options. FIAT’s designers specifically carried out studies to identify materials, production processes and colors for the 500L interior to further increase the quality level and value of the physical, tactile and visual properties of the materials.
All 500Ls are front-wheel drive with just one engine offering. First used in the 500 Abarth, the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine delivers 160 horsepower,184 lb.-ft. of torque and up to an EPA estimated 33 miles mpg on the highway with either the six-speed manual or Euro Twin Clutch transmission.
Our test car had a 6-speed manual, and was a delight to drive. Engine torque, clutch action, and gear ratios are nicely coordinated to make running up and down through the gears consistent with the brand’s fun-to-drive cachet. The Euro Twin Clutch is standard on the Fiat 500L Lounge model and is available on the Fiat 500L Easy and Trekking models.
By comparison to the standard 500’s choppier ride, the 500L’s is better grounded, with a more compliant ride and steering that is accurate without being demanding. The 500L is not overtly sporty. Acceleration that feels quick at city speeds fades away out on the highway.
With the Euro Twin Clutch six-speed transmission, the Fiat 500L delivers an EPA estimated 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined rating. The 500L with the six-speed manual transmission gets an EPA estimated 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined rating.
The 500L is available in four models, Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge
The 500L Pop is designed to appeal to those who want Italian style, versatility, efficiency and personalization options. It is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, Koni frequency selective damping front struts and rear shock absorbers, bi-halogen headlamps, 16-inch chrome-accented wheel covers, all-season tires, stainless steel exhaust tip, black exterior mirrors, air conditioning, power lock and windows with one-touch up/down, cruise control, body-color instrument panel, six speakers, Electronic Vehicle Information Center with trip computer, miles-to-empty, average fuel economy and tire-pressure monitoring display, steering wheel controls, six-way adjustable cloth seats with driver and front-passenger height adjust, 60/40 split-fold rear seatbacks with fore-aft adjustment, recline and tumble/slide feature, tilt and telescoping steering column, 12-volt console and auxiliary power outlets, multi-position cargo area trunk panel, cap-less fuel-filler door, floor mats, interior observation mirror and dual sun visors with vanity mirrors.
The 500L Pop also includes Uconnect 5.0 with its 5-inch touchscreen display, radio voice commands, handsfree phone, Bluetooth-audio streaming, text message reader, personalization settings and media hub for integration of portable devices. Safety features include seven standard air bags, reactive front head restraints, vehicle theft security alarm, child seat anchor system and electronic stability control with hill-start assist.
The 2014 500L Pop has a starting MSRP of $19,100 (plus $800 destination charge).
Fiat 500L Easy takes the Pop model and adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, deep-tint rear glass, body-color mirrors, front center console, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with chrome accent. The vinyl-wrapped instrument panel is available in three colors, unique cloth seat fabric and six-speaker FIAT premium audio system with 520-watt amplifier.
The 2014 500L Easy has a starting MSRP of $20,195 (plus $800 destination charge).
Fiat 500L Trekking adds to the Fiat 500L Easy model with aggressively designed two-piece front and rear fascias, fog lamps, satin-finished “whiskers,” door handles and lower front and rear fascia accents, Grigio Chiaro wheel arch and body-side sill moldings, Grigio Chiaro recessed license plate area and lower left and right side reflector surrounds, and larger 17 x 7-inch aluminum wheels with wider 225/45R17 all-season tires. Inside, the Fiat 500L Trekking features a painted instrument panel bezel and a unique two-tone Nero/Marrone (black/brown) interior environment that carries through on its leather-wrapped steering wheel, door and door-panel armrest bolsters, low-back bucket premium cloth seats and floor mats.
The 2014 500L Trekking has a starting MSRP of $21,195 plus $800 destination charge.
Fiat 500L Lounge model adds on to the Fiat 500L Easy model with an innovative Euro Twin Clutch six-speed transmission, 16-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, chrome body side moldings and mirrors, dual sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, premium vinyl-wrapped instrument panel available in two colors, premium heated leather front seats with power four-way adjust, two-way power driver’s side lumbar, 60/40 split-fold rear seatbacks with fore-aft adjustment, recline and tumble feature; integrated armrest with cup holders, automatic dual-zone climate control and auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass.
The 2014 500L Lounge has a starting MSRP of $24,195 (plus $800 destination charge).
During the first year of Fiat 500L production, a no-charge Premier Package will be included with Easy, Trekking and Lounge models and includes ParkSense rear-park assist, ParkView rear backup camera and Uconnect 6.5 with a larger 6.5-inch touchscreen and navigation.
For those who want even more technology on the Easy and Trekking models, the Premier Package +Beats/SiriusXM is available and adds SiriusXM and Beats Audio studio-quality sound system with six premium speakers, 6.5-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and eight-channel amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing algorithm.