Used Fiat 500L Review (2013-2022) MK1

Independent review by Peter Hayward from Driving Force

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Fiat 500L (2013-2022)

A spacious family car, the 500L is equipped with great technology, has good handling and is inexpensive to run. 

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  • Great performance
  • Good handling
  • Spacious
  • Roll in the corners
  • Little side support in the seats
  • Dated infotainment
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What's the Fiat 500L like?

The MPV or people carrier is a dying breed as people vote with their cash and go for SUVs instead.

But from 2012 until 2022 the Fiat 500L offered excellent, spacious family transport with very good practicality and good economy.

The L (for Large) was supposed to link the model with its diminutive and best-selling city car brother, the 500.

But it’s much larger, and it doesn’t really have the same cachet. In fact, is based on a completely different floorpan and drive systems.

Howsoever, it does have affordable running costs, and throughout its long life, there were hundreds of customisation options, allowing original owners to personalize them as much as they wanted.

Despite the fact that it lacks the charm of the little 500, it’s still a great family car, and when you’re buying one used, just hunt around and find one with all the ‘extras’ you want.

And of course, insist on full service history. So many used dealers fail to place enough importance on this. It's vitally important that you know any car you buy has been properly taken care of.


The engine range, which is shared with a number of other cars in the Fiat range, included both petrols and diesels, but the diesels were dropped in 2018.

Petrols available at different times start with the 0.9-litre TwinAir that has 105bhp and reaches 62mph from rest in 11.9 seconds. It’s good for a claimed 58mpg.

Then comes the mainstay 1.4-litre, which has 95bhp, reaches 62mph in 12.4 seconds and is rated at 46mpg.

Diesels are a choice of 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre MultiJet units. The 1.3-litre boasts 95bhp, and can go from 0 to 62mph in about 13.5 seconds. It's rated at 68mpg.

The 1.6-litre MultiJet has 120bhp and is the performance king of the range, getting to 62mph in 10.4 seconds, while still being capable of 67mpg at very best.

Driving Experience

The handling and roadholding are surprisingly good considering that there is a fair amount of roll in the corners.

It's biased towards making the car easy to drive, and it achieves this brilliantly. Even adding Fiat’s city steering button, which makes the wheel feather-light even when stationery.

Ride quality is good in the main, but cars fitted with the larger 17-inch wheels feel many more of the small imperfections in the road surface.

There's little side support in the seats and this doesn't instil confidence in the car’s cornering ability, even though it’s actually very good.

Safety is good and the 500L rated a top score of 5-stars when it was tested by Euro NCAP.

Interior and Equipment

Being designed as a multipurpose vehicle (MPV), the 500L was made to carry people and all their stuff, so it’s still more practical and spacious than similarly sized SUVs.
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All models have six airbags, stability control and ABS, plus Fiat’s City Brake Control system, which is capable of recognising obstacles in front of the car, and braking automatically up to 19mph if the driver fails to do so.

Inside, everything is well-laid out and easy to use and legroom and headroom for those in the back is exceptional.

Mid-range Urban models come with front electric windows, air conditioning, remote locking, steering reach and rake adjustment, audio remote and cruise control.

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An excellent choice of family car, the Fiat 500L is a better option to SUVs. With a spacious interior, that allows a family to go on their daily activities comfortably.

The effort into making this MPV a super comfortable ride doesn't compromise the great performance, and several safety features were included to make your journey extra safe.

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