What happens when the ultra-cute Fiat 500 gets bloated? It dilutes some of the cute factor. But more importantly, it becomes a much more practical car, with two more doors, a roomy rear seat, and decent cargo space. It's too bad that the 500L, ultimately proves to be a huge disappointment.
Fiat 500L Road Test

What happens when the ultra-cute Fiat 500 gets bloated? It dilutes some of the cute factor. But more importantly, it becomes a much more practical car, with two more doors, a roomy rear seat, and decent cargo space.

It's too bad that the 500L, ultimately proves to be a huge disappointment. At first glance, we thought that its recipe for a fuel-efficient, fun people mover would be attractive to young families or those looking to downsize from SUVs. Indeed, Fiat's wagon provides impressive interior space for its size, good visibility, super-easy access, and a commendable 27 mpg overall.

But, alas, the 500L is too undeveloped, and several significant flaws keep it from scoring high enough in our testing to be recommended.

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We think you should skip the 500L altogether. In case you must buy one, the mid-level Trekking brings larger 17-inch wheels and lower body cladding for a rugged look, but it's simply cosmetic and doesn't offer any extra utility. If you want leather seats, they're only available in the top-of-the-l...
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