The 2015 Fiat 500L is a proper spacious five-seater that mixtures elements of a city-friendly vehicle and a small SUV.
spacious five-seater that mixtures elements of a city-friendly vehicle and a small SUV.
In many methods the Fiat 500L copies its Mini rival by taking just what was initially a small vehicle (Mini Cooper/Fiat 500) and making larger and additional family-friendly versions (Mini Countryman/Fiat 500L). While a conventional 500 may not make that much sense for a small household, the five-door, five-seater L variation may be perfect.
From the outdoors the Fiat 500L definitely acts like its smaller bro. It follows a comparable method to its front and rear design, but arguably falls short to exhibit the very same ‘cool-factor’ as the original, with a weird slopping front overhang and individuals mover-like proportions.
Compared with the Fiat 500, the L is 150mm taller (1670mm), gauges 680mm longer in length (4249mm) and is 150mm larger (1774mm without mirrors). Compared to a competing tiny wagon such as the Hyundai i30 Tourer, the 500L offers 236mm much less length, but is just 6mm narrower.
The 500L likewise has 42 percent extra interior room than its smaller sized sibling. There’s enough head and legroom both for front and back passengers while the seats themselves are encouraging and well statued.Two kid seats can effortlessly match (by means of ISOFIX points) in the back but the boot may battle to take far more compared to a large stroller and the week’s groceries. Rated at around 400L in five-seat form, the 500L’s back seats can be arrangement in eight various means and 1500 different seating mixes!
The Fiat 500L is or else an acquainted place for Fiat fans. It’s the exact same colourful experience as previously, combined with simpleness in a genuinely Italian method. 5 adults could easily fit inside without much issue.
The basic Fiat 500 range is set for a huge refresh mid 2014, which will leave the 500L’s local landing for early 2015, and we expect the refresh following year could likewise update the cabin that bit much more, although the principles excel.
Certainly the optional 5 or 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen system lifts the log cabin ambience and is likely to consist of satellite navigation in addition to Bluetooth connection for Australian designs.
Perhaps its most attractive interior function is the breathtaking views obtained by the smart usage of glass around the motor vehicle. It’s tough to tell in images yet the columns at the front are properly separated up with huge parts of glass that bring in a much broader view of the outdoors compared to would certainly otherwise be feasible.
A 1.4-litre turbocharged multiair gas engine powered our Fiat 500L. An option of a six-speed manual transmission (examined right here) or a proper dual-clutch automatic transmission (instead of the robotized hands-on dual-logic system discovered in the current 500) will certainly be offered.
In European markets, a 1.3-litre diesel and 0.9-litre fuel turbo are also on offer.
We steered the 500L in freezing problems in Detroit, and in the four-cylinder engine’s American state-of-tune (bad quality gas) it still drain a quite healthy and balanced 119kW of energy and 250Nm of torque. Australian provided versions need to anticipate around 125kW to match the Alfa Romeo Giulietta with which it shares its engine.Behind the wheel the Fiat 500L is a zippy little thing. Although it weighs a sensible 1453kg (plus 23kg for the automated), its power to weight proportion and specifically its in-gear torque distribution suggests it has a sense of objective when you flatten the accelerator.
Still, we continue to be confident regarding the dual-clutch automatic variations that do not stumble like the present single-clutch devices. In snowy conditions around Detroit, at one phase we found our 500L additional qualified of providing its energy to the ground than the Dodge Challenger SRT8 muscle automobile.With its specific steering control and well-engineered chassis, it’s likewise surprisingly good around corners.
2015 Fiat 500L Offer
In Europe and North America the 500L is offered in Pop, Easy, Lounge and the rugged Trekking variant. It’s still not known which of the versions will make it to the Australian market but we presume the entrance design, Lounge and, given our affection for SUVs, the cladded-up Trekking are an excellent wager.
While Fiat Australia may aim to shift sourcing of the standard 500 from Europe to Mexico in overdue 2014 (to get a proper automatic transmission), the Fiat 500L is currently made in Kragujevac, Serbia only.
Our tester for this drive day around a picturesque area of north Italy came furnished with every little thing possible on Fiat’s leading Lounge trim alternatives listing, indicating we did undoubtedly will get to try that third row of seats. Loaded thusly, a 500L Living need to be buyable for around $28,000, however we would also choose the virtually five-foot-long, $950 breathtaking glass roof covering and just remember not to playground under any type of trees to stay clear of tempting the winged bird-poo squadrons.