Fiat 500L MPW

Fiat 500L MPW Motability Car whiteThe latest addition to the Fiat 500 range is the seven seat 500L MPW, Multi Purpose Wagon, which is set on the same platform as the 500L but adds 20cm in length, this extra is all at the rear of the car thus increasing the boot capacity from 410 litres in the 500L to 638 in this car, or if you wish a pair of seats that can fit persons under 5′ 4″. The extra length does give the car a unique look, one that takes a little getting used to, but for the school run or a netball team the 500L MPW offers a compact and quirky way to travel.

 

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Two versions of the 500L MPW are available,  the Pop Star and Lounge, the pop star has all you need with manual air conditioning, 5’’ touchscreen with Bluetooth audio streaming, steering wheel controls,  leather steering wheel and gear lever knob, reclining fold & tumble sliding 40/60 split rear seat, cruise control, 16″ alloys wheels and rear parking sensors, the Lounge trim adds a suede dashboard, dual zone climate control, automatic lights with rain sensors fog lights, electric rear windows, Privacy windows and an electric sunroof.

 

Fiat 500L MPW Motability Car overheadIt is impossible not to admire the 500L MPW, the ability to seat seven, all be it small people, in a car this size is nothing short of amazing and the fact the 500L MPW still retains the DNA of the uber cool Fiat 500 is great – BUT, the fact that the rear seats split 60 40 is in our view a design flaw, if the Fiat had three individual seats in the second row then access to the third row would be much easier as when you have young children that require car seats you position these next to the door so you can put them in position and with a child car seat in place you cannot tumble seats forward to gain access to the third row.  The Ford Grand C-Max has adopted this design as its middle seat simply folds away. From our experience when transporting multiple passengers you want them in the car as quickly as possible and not lined up on the pavement waiting to gain access to the car.

 

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As a seven seat car the 500L MPW has two engine options, both diesel, the five speed 1.3 litre Mulitjet offers super economy at 68.9 miles per gallon but only offers 95 brake horse power, 0-62 takes 14.4 seconds, which when moving 7 around could be a little underpowered for anything other than short journeys,  The six speed 1.6 litre Multijet II diesel with 120 brake horse power is a better all rounder with economy of 67.3 mpg and a 0-62 mph time of 10.9 seconds. A semi automatic gearbox is available on the smaller diesel at£1995 Advance Payment in Pop Star trim.

Summer Best Buy – Fiat 500L MPW 1.3 (95bhp) Diesel 7 seat Pop Star Manual  –  £1395 Advance Payment (£341 wpms)