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Fiat 500L

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
This Italian confection feels undercooked and has several significant flaws. It earned a dismal road-test score, thanks in part to a stiff ride, flat seats, and an upright driving position, similar to sitting in an office chair. The 500L also scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap frontal test. To its credit, this quasi-wagon responds eagerly in corners and handles securely at its limit, and provides impressive interior space for its size, along with good visibility, super-easy cabin access, and a commendable 27 mpg overall from the 1.4-liter turbo engine. Fortunately, Fiat has dropped the dual-clutch transmission we tested and now equips the 500L with a conventional six-speed automatic. Alas, the 500L is too undeveloped, and its several significant flaws result in it having among the lowest overall and road-test scores in our ratings.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014 Redesign Year
Fiat 500L 2018
More than an overgrown 500, the 500L is let down by a jerky sequential automatic, stiff ride, flat seats, and odd driving position. Around town, the 500L feels sluggish and hesitant, but that improves if you choose the new conventional automatic. We like the 500L's easy access, commodious interior, and spacious backseat. A tiny five-inch screen is used to access the simple UConnect system. The car responds eagerly in turns and handles securely at its limits. But the driving position is odd, with a bus-like steering-wheel rake and far-off, four-pillar windshield. The 500L scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A
2016 N/A N/A
2015 $9,725 - $12,725 $6,850 - $9,600
2014 $7,350 - $10,200 $4,650 - $7,250