Fiat 500L Cross

Fiat 500L Trekking motability carThe Fiat 500L Trekking has been renamed ‘Cross’ is an outright assault on the Mini Countryman, But rather than fitting the standard 500L with four wheel drive Fiat have opted for raising the height of the car by 15mm and giving the neat rugged looking ‘Cross’ snow tyres and an ingenious Traction+ system which is able to be activated at speeds under 17 miles per hour that simply realises when one of the front wheels is slipping and applies the brake to this wheel enabling traction to be gained from the other drive wheel, it may sound simple but the best ideas generally are. When it comes to driving in snow or ice it is starting the car moving that is the major problem. 


Fiat 500L Trekking motability car dash

All 500L ‘Cross’g models also feature automatic emergency braking, called City Brake Control, as standard. Cross models are distinguished from the regular 500L by more rugged side skirts and bumpers and a choice of two part-leather trims for the seats. Equipment includes a five-inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth, six airbags, cruise control, climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights. ‘Cross’ buyers have the choice of seven body colours, plus the option of a contrasting black or white roof. Colours include Hip Hop Yellow shown in the pictures that’s exclusive to the ‘Cross’ model.


Fiat 500L Trekking motability carOne petrol and two diesel engines are available, the entry level 1.4 petrol is adequate but a tad uninspiring, if you are after super economy then the 1.3 diesel with 95bhp is your choice, start stop technology pushes the economy up to 67.3 miles per gallon as a five speed manual with a 0-62 mph time of 14.3 seconds but when paired to the 5 speed semi-automatic gearbox  progress is a little slow, 0-62 miles per hour takes 15.5 seconds but the claimed economy does increase to 70.6 mpg, priced at £495 AP. The 1.6 litre diesel with 120 brake horse power is better all rounder with economy of 65.7 mpg and a 0-62 mph time of 10.7 seconds.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Fiat 500L 1.4 (94bhp) Petrol  ‘Cross’  Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment  (£60.81 wpms)