Review of "Fiat 500l"

published 28/07/2017 | ravingreviewer
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"Flipping Fiat 500l!"

Having started in a new role a number of weeks ago whereby I get to drive a wide variety of cars and other hire vehicles by way of delivering them to or collecting them from a wide client base, one car that I have had the misfortune to drive on a number of occasions is the Fiat 500l.

The car is one of a number of models made by Fiat in the 500 series, with this one being the mid range version of it - there is the smaller 'bubble car' version that was originally devised back in 1957 with its counterpart making a comeback in 2007; this particular model from 2012, and a slightly larger 7 seater version being manufactured in 2013. However for your information, the current model has been somewhat reworked for the 2018 offering - but the purpose of this particular review is the current model.

The letter L at the end of the name denotes the fact that it is a larger model than the normal 500 car, and this is seen right away in the fact that this particular model looks a lot bigger overall - it has a sturdier and bulkier frame, and has five doors (including the boot). Although it is available in both manual and automatic transmission, the ones that I have driven have all been manual transmission with six forward gears and one reverse gear.

Coming in both petrol and diesel, the engine sizes range from 0.9 to 1.6 - and having driven a variety of petrol styles and sizes, I have to say that regardless of the specifications the car brand overall is a very poor performer on any type of road from pootling around town; to a single carriageway in the country, to dual carriageway or motorway. It has no power when pulling off; it would appear to lose power on hills, and the whole body shakes rather uncontrollably without warning.

Inside the car is no different, as although it would appear from the outside to have a lot of room for up to four people to travel in comfort - then think again, as even on the inside the interior is quite bulky. The front dashboard and steering wheel don't really allow those that sit in the front a great deal of space, and in putting the driver's seat back to allow for a bit of extra leg room you are then impeding on the space that the person behind you wants to have.

Bulk standard features on most models include power windows and locks; radio, and Bluetooth including being able to link a mobile telephone to the system with extra features on higher models including heated front seats and sunroofs. All 500l models have an average boot space which is very similar to a Mini Clubman but larger than a Ford B-Max, yet smaller than a Vauxhall Meriva.

All models can hold up to fifty litres of fuel in its tank, and fuel consumption averages around the 60 miles per gallon depending - this is dependant on the size of the engine, and where you are driving and the speeds that you are going at. This to me is about one of the only good things that it has going for it, as to my mind there is not really a lot else.

List price for the current models are £13,665 when bought new, with prices varying for older models according to the history of the car; mileage; service history, and so on. Rental costs can also vary according to the company that you rent it from, and so therefore it may well be worth your while in shopping about a little if you are planning on renting one for a period of time - but personally, I wouldn't be rushing to buy or indeed even rent one, going on my own personal experiences of having driven them recently.

All in all I was very disappointed in this particular car, as in the past I have always held Fiat up in high esteem over a few other cars - however, in the case of this particular model I have to say that my thoughts on them have now gone down by quite a large measure. To me this particular model almost seems a little bit pointless given the history of its rather flash looking predecessor from the 1950's, and so therefore I cannot really endorse it at all.

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Product Information : Fiat 500l

Manufacturer's product description

Hatchback - Manual - Diesel

Product Details

Range: Fiat 500

Manufacturer: Fiat

Body Type: Hatchback

Range + Engine Type: 1.3 Multijet

Transmission type: Manual

Fuel Type: Diesel

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