2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback

 
City mpg:
22
Highway mpg:
30

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the FIAT 500L Pop include 1.4L I-4 160hp MultiAir intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2017 FIAT
500L Hatchback

Starting at: $20,995

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio
  • Premium audio system - Uconnect 5.0
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 160hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 72.0mm x 84.0mm (2.83" x 3.31")
  • Compression ratio - 9.80 to 1
  • GVWR - 1,950kg (4,299lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,249mm (167.3")
  • Exterior body width - 1,773mm (69.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,669mm (65.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,611mm (102.8")
  • Turning radius - 4.9m (16.2')
  • Front legroom - 1,016mm (40.0")
  • Rear legroom - 932mm (36.7")
  • Front headroom - 1,034mm (40.7")
  • Rear headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,255mm (49.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,387mm (54.6")
  • Passenger volume - 2,798L (98.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 634 L (22 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,926 L (68 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 160hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 184 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 25mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 22mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/55HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/55HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
POP
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$20,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
Pop 2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Pop Search New $20,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
Pop 2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Pop Search New $20,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
TREKKING
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$22,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
Trekking 2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Trekking Search New $22,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
Trekking 2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Trekking Search New $22,995   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
LOUNGE
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$23,695   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
Lounge 2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Lounge Search New $23,695   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  
Lounge 2017 FIAT 500L Hatchback Lounge Search New $23,695   160-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  22 / 30  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The 500L handles competently and holds the road effectively, a trait expected in an Italian vehicle. Models sold in the U.S. are equipped with Koni shock absorbers, which restrain some of the harshness produced by inadequately maintained roads. When rolling through urban pavements, the suspension irons out bumps, potholes and rough spots almost as effectively as that of a Kia Soul, and better than a Mini Countryman.

A lack of engine power is a drawback, with performance that ranks as average, but no higher. On the highway, however, the 500L responds well, helped by satisfying stability and nicely fluid steering.

Gas mileage falls around average, EPA-rated at 22/30 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined, using premium-grade gasoline.

Walk Around

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Starting with its blunt nose, tiered headlights and triple-section grille, the 500L isn’t likely to earn any awards for rich design. The shapeless roofline doesn’t help visual appeal, either.

Like nearly all less-than-lovely and graceless vehicles, this Fiat has its followers. Being realistic, though, Fiat fans who fell for the delightful little 500 coupe probably won’t be likely prospects for this wagon, which some folks would simply call a high hatchback.

Distinctive trim elements on the Trekking trim level suggest off-roading, including 17-inch wheels and flared wheel wells.

Interior Overview

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Although cabin space isn’t as big as might be expected, the tall roof provides satisfying headroom for each passenger. Five adults would be a squeeze, especially for large passengers, but four can expect to ride comfortably.

Front seats are short on comfort, due in part to bottom cushions that are quite hard. Cushions also are rounded, as in other European vehicles, to ease access to the pedals. Because they’re not squared at the corners, leg support is limited.

Second-row seats are better, positioned higher than those up front, promising at least adequate leg space. Back seats are firm, but may be reclined. On some 500L versions, they can tumble down and also slide fore/aft, providing greater room for either passengers or cargo.

Storage space within the cabin is restricted to little more than the door pockets. A shallow tray divides the twin, small-size gloveboxes. In the cargo hold, a floor panel can be slid into side rails, to provide two-level storage. A pair of roller suitcases will fit back there.

As in other Fiat models, the steering wheel is close to horizontally oriented, making piloting the 500L a bit like driving a scaled-down bus. As a result, some people might have trouble finding a suitable driving position, which keeps the instruments visible. Reaching the pedals can be a bit of a stretch, too.

The dashboard centers on several oval-shaped controls, along with plenty of large knobs and a somewhat small touchscreen. Black and brown accents trim the interior.

An available Uconnect 6.5 system includes a 6.5-inch display screen, readback of text messages, and an SD card slot. Also included is dealer-programmable navigation, but it’s an elementary system, with maps that take time to change scale. The regular Uconnect system uses a 5-inch screen.

Summary

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The 2017 Fiat 500L is a tall wagon/hatchback that delivers good value among practical, utilitarian vehicles, with abundant standard features at a reasonable price. Performance does not excel, but ride quality is pleasing, due partly to its premium-grade shock absorbers. Its styling is controversial.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2017 Fiat 500L comes in three trim levels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include the $995 destination charge.)

500L Pop ($20,995), the base model, includes air conditioning, cruise control, a trip computer, six-speaker audio, steering-wheel controls, tilt/telescopic steering column, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a multi-position panel in the cargo area.

500L Trekking ($22,995) adds outdoor-oriented appearance extras, including 17-inch wheels, special wheel moldings, foglamps, heated front seats, BeatsAudio sound, and two-piece front/rear fascias. Leather-trimmed seats are standard. A distinctive two-tone (black/brown) interior with low-back bucket seats is available.

500L Lounge ($23,695) includes leather upholstery, heated front seats and foglamps, as well as driver’s lumbar adjustment, dual-zone automatic climate control, and split-folding rear seatbacks with fore/aft adjustment.

Based on 2008 -2009 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.