Fiat 500L

Fiat 500L motability carThe Fiat 500 has been a justified success for Fiat, the 500L is a 5 seat grown up version with two extra doors and space for the growing family, from the front the big brother 500L looks just that but from any other angle the waters become more muddied as the increase in size means it looses the aaah! factor of the original car.  We are always in favor of cars that don’t take the safe route when it comes to design but can’t make up our mind if we feel cheated that Fiat are extending the 500 brand in such a blatant way, bear in mind the 500L MPW will seat seven. If you are looking for a versatile car that is a bit more funky than a Ford B Max then the Fiat 500L is certainly that, a delightful driving position with acres of glass make it a very easy car to drive, and manoeuvre, around town.


Fiat 500L motability car dashboard

The 500L is well equipped, all models come with cruise control, electric front windows, fully adjustable leather covered steering wheel with audio controls, electrically adjustable door mirrors, leather gear knob covering and height adjustable driver’s seat, you can choose from three models, the funky ‘Pop Star’ with its high gloss painted dashboard, 16″ alloy wheels, chrome inserts in the body panels, a 5″ touchscreen audio with bluetooth phone and music streaming.  The Easy trim replaces the alloy wheels with steel wheels which is a shame but you do get reversing sensors, electric rear windows and a soft touch dashboard. The range topping Lounge has the luxury of a panoramic glass roof, electronic climate control, silver alloy wheels, front fog lights and automatic lights.


Fiat 500L motability car interior

Two petrol and two diesel engines are available, the entry level 1.4 petrol is adequate but a tad uninspiring, the two cylinder 0.9 litre ‘Twin-Air’ engine is the petrol engine of choice, loads of power, 105 brake horse power, available from low in the rev range, this engine just makes the car a lot more fun and it feels a lot faster than the 12.3 seconds 0-62 mph time suggests. Economy of this engine is a claimed 58.9 miles per gallon but with only two cylinders it will drink the petrol when pushed high into the rev range. If you are after super economy then the 95bhp 1.3 diesel is your choice, start stop technology pushes the economy up to over 70 miles per gallon when paired to the 5 speed semi-automatic gearbox but progress is a little slow, 0-62 miles per hour takes 14.8 seconds. The 1.6 litre diesel with 120 brake horse power is better all rounder with economy of 67.3 mpg and a 0-62 mph time of 10.7 seconds. *0.9 not available this Quarter.


Fiat 500L motability car sideThe 500L makes for an interesting option, there is no doubt that the little twin air petrol engine makes for fun driving and the car handles better than you would expect. The 500L is roomy too, five can be transported in comfort and still enjoy 400 litres of boot space. The Fiat designers have kept a lot of the good things of the original 500 and added a practicality that so many of us require, we like it but can understand why people don’t but you do have to applaud Fiat for making a funky family car.

 Summer Best Buy – Fiat 500L 1.4 (95bhp) petrol ‘Pop Star’ Manual 5dr  –  Nil Advance Payment (£59.29 wpms)