None of the 500L’s lower powered petrol engines give a strong performance. The smaller 0.9 litre two cylinder Twinair Turbo has a highest torque at just 2000 rpm making it feel stronger. The performance of Fiat 500L is not up to the mark.
Especially designed to carry families, 500L gives a rather comfortable ride and is firm at all speeds. It gives a good resistance to body lean whereas light steering makes it very easy to ride around the town. The wheel has an annoying self centring action.
The refinement is its poorest of areas. It generates too much of noise and vibrations making you feel uncomfortable. You can also feel vibrations from 1.6 diesel engines. It drones too much on the rideway and you will hear lot of wind and road noises.
When compared with rivals it is expensive. But there are many discounts that you can avail. It should have a strong residual value. Service intervals are sparse two years.
It is very early to guess its reliability but in reliability surveys it did not perform very well. Cabin is well built but some of the materials do not feel good when touched. But the materials are durable.
For safety and security it has been awarded a maximum of five stars in Euro NCAP crash test. It has six airbags keeping you safe from crashes and several electronic aids protecting you from accidents. It also has a stability control and a system which automatically brakes the car.
The large glass area makes the cabin look nice and airy and the high upright driving position will give a perfect view. The dashboard is very clean. It also has a touch screen infotainment system which is stylish and easy to use.
You will get a lot of legroom and only those who are very tall can face some problem. Possibly you can also squeeze three across the rear bench. The boot is square shaped with many nice touches. You will get a good three position floor.
All the versions come with a Bluetooth, air- con and cruise control. Lounging spec adds a panoramic roof and wipers and automatic lights to the boot. There are numerous accessories and personalization options too.
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