Cars Used Fiat 500L review – Big it up in this mini MPV

19:55  21 april  2017
19:55  21 april  2017 Source:   MSN

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Second-hand car buyers can enjoy cool styling and family-sized practicality in Fiat 's 500 L mini MPV . You can find out all about the specs, performance and pricing of used models here.

No surprise then that Fiat 's next big idea is to take the essence of the 500 and serve it up in alternative dishes not unlike Mini has done with the Cooper. Next on the menu is the 2014 Fiat 500 L , a longer, taller, four-door mini - MPV .

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FIAT’S decision to revive the 500 in 2007 proved to be inspired as the car quickly gained cult status.

The trouble was, as many young owners matured and started families, they found they needed something larger than the trendy two-door car.

And the Italian auto makers came to the rescue of parents in the spring of 2013 with the launch of the 500L – a rival to the likes of the Citroen C3 Picasso, the Ford B-Max and the equally trendy MINI Countryman.

This mini MPV was designed to provide the space and practicality that its little brother couldn’t while retaining the flair and trendy image.

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Read the definitive Fiat 500 L 2017 review from the expert What Car? team. It ’s actually a mini MPV , designed to have enough room for a family of five. It goes up against rivals such as Citroen’s C3 Picasso and Ford B-Max. Obtain a FREE used car valuation for any vehicle .

2013 Fiat 500 L review . Five-seat mini - MPV based on Punto driven. To let you further extend the bootspace, the rear seats tumble and fold to sit up against the front seats in a neat one-touch manoeuvre. Used Fiat 500 vs Honda Jazz vs Mini One vs Volkswagen Polo.

So it had all the style and all the panache of the 500 but in a larger form. In fact, it was so cool, you could even have a proper espresso coffee machine fully integrated into the dashboard to give you genuine Lavazza coffee.

Personalisation was also a buzzword as owners could choose the body colour, roof colour and dashboard colour as well as adding any of more than 100 accessories.

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At launch, the 500L was available with a choice of four engines – two petrol and two diesel – and three trim levels.

In petrol, you could have a 95hp 1.4-litre or the lively turbocharged 875cc, 105hp TwinAir. In diesel, there was a choice of an 85hp 1.3-litre and a 105hp 1.6-litre that averaged 67mpg and 62mpg respectively.

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Fiat 500 L review . Alex Robbins, Consumer Editor, Telegraph Cars. That’s the ideology, according to Fiat , that lays behind its 500 L . It ’s a small MPV designed to be flexible and practical Sadly, there’s quite a big jump in price up to the Pop Star model, and then another hefty leap up to the Lounge.

Sign In or Sign Up . Home. Buying new & used . Sell my car. Car reviews & more. BODY TYPE MPV (13 on). Read reviews now. The Fiat 500 L has distinctive looks and generous equipment on its side, and it ’s good to drive, too. Boot is not a big size but the seats have a fast tipping device which allows it to fold into itself. [ very knacky ].

The trim levels were designed to suite the personalities of prospective buyers.

There was Pop Star – with a vibrant youthful feel – and Easy – for owners seeking more comfort and equipment such as rear electric windows and parking sensors. The range-topping Lounge was for those looking for the highest spec they could get – such as the suede dashboard.

Standard equipment on all models was high, with all trim levels getting features such as cruise control, air con and fully adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls.

It was the first Fiat to have the standard UConnect system to manage communications by voice, remotely or touchscreen, as well as Bluetooth.

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On the practical side, the 500L had a sizeable 400-litre boot, 22 handy compartments to cater everything from mobile phones to umbrellas and there was good room for five in the cabin.

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The 500 L is Fiat 's bold answer to customer and dealer demands for a grown up alternative to the small but so successful, 500. A five-seater compact MPV that doesn't feel like one, taking care of people and baggage-carrying chores with a practical dash of Italian flair. MINI 5-Door Hatch Cooper D review .

The boot is slightly bigger than a Mini ’s and will take a small case or a few bags of shopping. The Fiat 500 might be stylish, but you pay a premium for that style – it ’s quite a bit more expensive than the similarly-sized VW Up and Hyundai i10, both of which are arguably less fashionable, but better

Best of all, the rear seats came with a “Fold & Tumble” function that allowed you to get a completely flat floor in the rear with one simply action.

From behind the steering wheel, the 500L offered excellent all-round visibility thanks to the narrow twin windscreen pillars rather than one thick one and the elevated seat position due to the high roof.

The 500L had a nice chunky feel to it and the ride and handling were good while noise levels were low, giving a refined feel to the car. Secondary controls were straightforward and conveniently laid out and the instruments clear and easy to read.

Safety is usually a priority for family car buyers and the 500L had electronic stability control with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and Brake Assist as standard – earning it a Euro NCAP five-star status.

So if you’re in the market for a funky, family-friendly, second-hand vehicle, the Fiat 500L should be on your list to check out.

We found a 2013 13-plate 1.3-litre diesel in Easy trim with less than 41,500 miles on the clock for just under £6000. Another £300 could buy us a 63-plate 1.4-litre petrol Pop Star model with a mileage of just 25,000.

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