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 carTwo petrol engines are available, the entry level 1.4 petrol is adequate but a tad uninspiring, 40.9 mpg is pretty poor but the 0-62 mph time of 14.3 seconds is even worse.  The 118 bhp T-Jet is a better performer 0-62 in 11 seconds is ok performance, 42.2 miles per gallon is a little poor however.

 Autumn Best Buy – Fiat 500L 1.4 (94bhp) Petrol  ‘Cross’  Manual  –  Nil Advance Payment  (£61.06 wpms)

 Autumn Best Buy – Fiat 500L 1.4 T-Jet (118 bhp) Petrol  ‘Cross’  Manual  –  £445 Advance Payment  (£63.69 wpms)